The more we learn about patients and their attitudes concerning the loss of even a single tooth, the more we recognize the lasting improvement to a patient’s quality of life that a new implant based tooth, properly osseointegrated, can make.
As we all know, teeth are organs — wonderful, complex, biologically active and essential. It is therefore bewildering to me that anyone would grind down (prepare) two healthy organs (teeth) to place a classic, tooth-borne, three-unit, cement-retained bridge, when the long-term prognosis of that restoration is not always in the long-term interests of the patient.
Despite the 31 years that have passed since the Toronto conference of 1982, only about one in twenty missing teeth is restored with implants today. In the interest of patients, who deserve a proper restoration, Nobel Biocare is making a major endowment to help establish the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation — FOR.
My great personal desire is that everyone involved — surgeons, laboratory technicians, restorative dentists, everyone — will mobilize science, learning and a pioneering humanitarian spirit to help patients.
The foundation is being established and will succeed for this single reason. It is FOR patients.