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Innovation and true science: 2017 highlights

by: Chris Kendall

As the end of 2017 approaches, it’s a great time to look back at the major developments in implant-based restorative dentistry. At Nobel Biocare, we have been forging ahead in our mission to help more dental professionals treat more patients better – especially when it comes to immediate and esthetic solutions focused on shorter time-to-teeth.

The latest innovations in dental implant treatment

2017 has seen brand new innovations, as well as some exciting advancements in flagship treatment solutions.

The Trefoil system

The Trefoil system: 2017’s most exciting launch, this new solution for mandibular edentulism is the first ever pre-manufactured bar with passive fit, and it is placed on just three implants. As a revolution in efficiency, it makes fixed and definitive teeth on the day of implant surgery* an option for more patients. What’s more, the preliminary results of a five-year multi-center clinical investigation have already been announced, revealing positive early outcomes of the new Trefoil system.1

EAO Congress on 5–7 October, 2017: Dr. Kenji Higuchi gave an exclusive presentation introducing the Trefoil system, including preliminary results of a five-year multi-center study. Watch it here.

All-on-4® treatment concept – the next generation: 2017 saw the latest innovations in this flagship treatment concept, as part of our mission to enable shorter time-to-teeth. The new Multi-unit Aligning Instrument allows the identification of three angulations and the appropriate angulated abutment using just one tool. In addition, the new Titanium Multi-unit Healing Cap portfolio has been designed to help an individualized treatment, offering an expanded choice of dimensions.

Multi-unit Aligning Instrument and Titanium Healing Caps

NobelProcera Implant Bridge: This development combines multilayered full-contour zirconia and angulated screw channels, to help quickly create results that impress. It’s designed to provide great esthetics, minimize the risk of chipping, and save time while avoiding issues associated with residual cement.

NobelProcera Implant Bridge

Temporary Snap Abutment with TempShell simplifies the temporization workflow. The snap fit functionality removes the need for screw fixation during try-in and the TempShell converts to an individualized provisional just after surgery.


Science first: the latest evidence

2017 was a landmark in dental implantology research, with the publishing of the largest-ever meta-analysis of a single implant brand – Nobel Biocare’s TiUnite. It confirms that implants with the TiUnite surface support peri-implant health, bone maintenance and overall success, long-term.2 Conducted by Prof. M. Karl and Prof. T. Albrektsson, the study analyzed patient results from 106 peer-reviewed publications on prospective clinical studies assessing TiUnite surface implants, evaluating data on 12,804 TiUnite implants and 4,694 patients. As a meta-analysis, this is the highest-level of evidence. 

TiUnite implant surface

 Image © Schüpbach Ltd

Regarding NobelProcera angulated screw channel restorations, a newly published study by Greer et al. has confirmed that the products are a reliable, flexible and retrievable alternative to traditional cement- or conventional screw-retained restorations.3 96% of restorations experienced no complications during a follow-up period of up to two years.

Regarding implant primary stability, an in vitro study compared NobelActive RP to that of Bone Level Tapered (Straumann) and OsseoSpeed EV (Dentsply). Primary stability, measured using implant stability quotient, was significantly greater for NobelActive RP versus Bone Level Tapered implants and numerically but not significantly greater for NobelActive versus OsseoSpeed EV implants. Authors attributed NobelActive’s excellent results to its design.4

These are just a few highlights of the latest scientific evidence; you can discover more in our Science First publications

Supporting professional excellence, worldwide

It’s been an extraordinary year in our dental implant training and education. Across 28 countries, nearly 30,000 dental professionals have taken part in our training courses. Education varies from the initial steps in implantology to expert-level procedures, including the latest products and digital technologies involving the whole treatment team. Furthermore, over 6,000 attendees have attended the worldwide Nobel Biocare symposia to develop their knowledge through lectures, Q&A sessions and hands-on training.

Training and education

Across the world we hosted training activities at many major congresses and tradeshows held by associations and groups, including Chicago Dental Society (CDS), Academy of Osseointegration (AO), International Dental Show (IDS), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), Advanced Education in Prosthodontics (AEP) and the European Association for Osseointegration (EAO).

This year, many such Nobel Biocare activities were led by globally renowned experts. We are extremely appreciative for their continued support throughout 2017 in Nobel Biocare’s continuing mission to help more dental professionals treat more patients better.

More to explore

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1 Higuchi K, Davó R, Liddelow G, et al. An adaptive prefabricated full-arch framework on three implants in the mandible: preliminary results. Clin Oral Implants Res 2017;28(Suppl S14):169.

2 Karl M, Albrektsson T. Clinical performance of dental implants with a moderately rough (TiUnite) surface: a meta-analysis of prospective clinical studies. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2017;32(4):717–734.

3 Greer AC, Hoyle PJ, Vere JW, Wragg PF. Mechanical complications associated with angled screw channel restorations. Int J Prosthodont 2017;30(3):258–259.

4 Karl M, Irastorza-Landa A. Does implant design affect primary stability in extraction sites? Quintessence Int 2017;48(3):219–224.