Revolutionary surgical concept introduced

Feb. 27, 2006
NobelGuide, the planning and surgical concept from Nobel Biocare, enables dentists to place an implant and fully functioning tooth in one patient visit.

CHICAGO--Nobel Biocare, a leader in innovative esthetic dental solutions, now enables dentists to safely place a dental implant and fully functioning tooth in one patient visit with its revolutionary NobelGuide surgical concept.

NobelGuide takes advantage of Nobel Biocare's Procera surgical planning software and the flapless surgical technique, a minimally invasive or "keyhole" surgical approach.

Heliane Canepa, President and CEO for Nobel Biocare said, "Dentists can plan the exact placement of a patient's implants with Procera and NobelGuide, thus offering a safe, predictable and complete root-to-tooth solution."

The NobelGuide planning and surgical concept, launched last year at the company' s World Conference in Las Vegas, has been overwhelmingly received by dental professionals.

Heliane Canepa said, "NobelGuide is the most exciting new concept in implantology in the past 20 years. The response was beyond expectations, as dentists realized they can now safely and quickly help patients missing teeth return to enjoying a normal and healthy life."

Using the NobelGuide concept, dentists plan the entire implant treatment, including the number, length and angulations of implants using the Procera software. CT computer scanned data, or a plaster model of the patient's teeth and mouth, are used as the foundation to map the shape and location of implant placement based upon the quantity and quality of bone.

Based upon the planning data, Nobel Biocare, or a dental laboratory, creates a surgical template complete with guide holes for use during surgery.

Canepa said, "The precision planning offered by the Procera software provides dentists with means to place implants with unprecedented accuracy."

NobelGuide's surgical template offers dentists a less invasive method as an alternative to major surgery that requires cutting and pulling back the soft tissue around the patient's jawbone.

Instead, the surgical template is secured over the patient's soft tissue and the dentist drills through the soft tissue into the bone using the pre-planned guide holes.

"Using NobelGuide, patients no longer need suffer from the bruising, pain and swelling normally associated with dental surgery. In most cases, patients can return to work the next day," said Canepa.

The advance planning capabilities of NobelGuide enable dentists to work closely with their dental laboratory and offer patients the option of a temporary or a final prosthetic solution fitted at the time of implant placement.

Canepa said, "The most exciting news about NobelGuide is that on the day of surgery, the patient leaves the dentist's office complete with implants and fully functioning, beautiful teeth."

Conventional methods for implant placement and teeth restoration can take more than 10 patient visits. Using NobelGuide, the entire treatment, from examination to implant placement, can be accomplished in as little as 4 patient visits.