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Commemoration meets innovation at the 2015 EAO Congress

by: Michael Stuart

Nobel Biocare marked a 50-year heritage of innovation at this year’s European Association for Osseointegration (EAO) Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, which was dedicated to the late Per-Ingvar Brånemark.

Dr. Eirik Salvesen presents Nobel Biocare's new complete posterior solution at the EAO Congress

Taking place in Professor Brånemark’s home country less than a year after he passed away, last week’s 2015 EAO Congress (24–26 September) had a special significance.

This year also marks fifty years since P-I Brånemark placed the first titanium dental implant. We paid tribute to that accomplishment and many others at the congress with a special exhibition. The exhibits were dedicated to all the major events contributing to the development of dental implantology.

As well as looking back on history and heritage, we looked to the future by showcasing our latest advances in implant dentistry. 

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Visitors to Nobel Biocare's booth experienced a dental first: implant placement in virtual reality

A license to empower your practice

We unveiled a new practice-wide license for the NobelClinician diagnostics, treatment planning and patient communication software. NobelClinician Practice Setup will help improve collaboration with multiple installations, personalized user profiles and simple patient data backup that’s accessible from any computer in the practice.

Visitors to the Nobel Biocare booth could also experience the recently introduced complete posterior solution using pioneering virtual reality technology. Using an Oculus Rift DK2 headset, delegates could view implant surgery through the eyes of the surgeon. 

Related: How virtual dental implant surgery became a reality

Refined treatment defined

Refining treatment protocols was the theme of the Nobel Biocare satellite symposium at the event. Moderated by Dr. Bertil Friberg, the event opened with a presentation by Dr. Stefan Holst, who explained why implants and restorations that have been designed as one system support long-term success.

Related: Are you taking risks with your restorations?

A clear message: Dr. Stefan Holst took the stage to stress the
importance of using components that are designed as a system. 

Dr. Holst was followed by Dr. Christer Dahlin, a pioneer of guided bone regeneration (GBR). Dr. Dahlin’s presentation addressed the when, why and how to use GBR, and the importance of material characteristics for regenerative solutions such as creos xenoprotect.

Dr. Wolfgang Bolz then presented on the continuing evolution of treatment for the terminal or failing dentition, namely the All-on-4® treatment concept, before Dr. Eirik Salvesen and Åsa Sjöholm took to the stage to provide insight on solutions for the molar region from the perspective of both a clinician and a dental technician. Products in focus were the new wide-platform Nobel Parallel Conical Connection and NobelActive implants as well as the NobelProcera FCZ (full-contour zirconia) Implant Crown.

A fitting tribute

The day following the EAO Congress (September 27) saw an event dedicated to the life and work of Per-Ingvar Brånemark. The Brånemark Memorial Symposium was held at the renowned Karolinska Institutet, in Solna, Sweden. There, respected speakers from around the world paid homage to the huge impact P-I had in restoring quality of life for so many patients.

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