For practices looking to offer their patients an alternative to titanium, Nobel Biocare has harnessed the evolution of ceramic implant solutions with NobelPearl.

Soft-tissue friendly for esthetic excellence

NobelPearl is a unique alternative to titanium. A one-hundred percent metal-free, two-piece ceramic implant solution with a cement-free internal connection, it has been designed to support natural soft-tissue appearance. Its white zirconia material is especially beneficial in patients with a thin mucosal biotype.1 Microcirculatory dynamics in peri-implant mucosa around zirconia have been shown to be comparable to those around natural teeth,2 and zirconia has also demonstrated low plaque affinity.3 4 5 In essence, NobelPearl can help patients gain the natural esthetic excellence they desire.

NobelPearl Cermaic Implant

NobelPearl is designed to support a natural soft-tissue appearance. Its white material is especially beneficial in patients with a thin mucosa biotype1.

Cement-free flexibility

Clinicians seeking a ceramic solution for their patients might see cement as the only possibility for restoration placement. While intraoral cementation can be a viable option, the use of excess cement is known to be associated with soft-tissue inflammation and the development of peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis.6 To avoid this risk through screw retention, yet remain one-hundred percent metal free, NobelPearl features the innovative VICARBO® screw made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer. In addition, NobelPearl offers greater restorative flexibility compared with one-piece or cemented ceramic implants, thanks to the two-piece, reversible, cement-free internal connection design.

Two-piece design of NobelPearl

The two-piece design of NobelPearl allows for flexibility in the prosthetic design. The innovative VICARBO® screw is made of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer.

Metal free, yet proven in strength

Designed for a strong ceramic-to-ceramic connection, the VICARBO® screw withstands tensile forces, while the ceramic absorbs compressive forces. This ceramic material – alumina-toughened zirconia (ATZ) – is proven to provide strength for success.7

The thread design and tapered implant shape, combined with the tapered drill protocol, have been engineered to achieve high primary stability, and the hydrophilic sand-blasted and acid-etched ZERAFIL™ surface, combined with a partially machined collar, is proven to osseointegrate.8 9 At manufacture, implants and abutments are both milled from hot isostatic-pressed (HIP) zirconium dioxide ATZ blanks – which are proven to be strong – and, at the final shaping of the implant, no sintering or finishing takes place. This enables a high level of dimensional precision and accuracy.

NobelPearl internal connection

The internal connection is specially designed for ceramics. The abutment’s simple placement and secure seating is enabled by the connection’s high-precision geometry.

Embracing the evolution of ceramic solutions

The continuous development of ceramic implants by Nobel Biocare’s manufacturing partner has seen an increase in survival rate at every step.10 Now, NobelPearl is a new treatment option that follows a range of well-established workflows for two-piece implants and will be integrated into Nobel Biocare’s digital workflow. Clinicians seeking a successful start in ceramic implantology and to expand their choice for patients can gain peace-of-mind with an easy-to-adopt solution.

NobelPearl contact surface

The slightly beveled contact surface of the implant platform is designed to facilitate centering of the prosthetic components, while the four interlocks prevent abutment rotation within the implant. The interlocks remain unloaded.

References

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  6. Wilson TG Jr. The positive relationship between excess cement and peri-implant disease: a prospective clinical endoscopic study. J Periodontol 2009;80(9):1388-1392
  7. Kohal RJ, Wolkewitz M, Mueller C. Alumina‐reinforced zirconia implants: survival rate and fracture strength in a masticatory simulation trial. Clin Oral Implants Res 2010;21(12):1345-1352
  8. Jank S, Hochgatterer G. Success rate of two-piece zirconia implants: a retrospective statistical analysis. Implant Dent 2016;25(2):193-198.
  9. Chappuis V, Cavusoglu Y, Gruber R, et al. Osseointegration of zirconia in the presence of multinucleated giant cells. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res 2016;18(4):686–698
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Posted by Chris Kendall