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Like natural teeth: the first tapered implant

by: Michael Stuart

The original tapered implant was launched in 1997. Designed to mimic the shape of a natural tooth root, NobelReplace went on to become the world’s most frequently used implant system.

The original NobelReplace was the first implant with a tapered body.

In the late 1990s dental implantology had established itself as a safe and reliable treatment method. But while restorations continued to evolve to become more and more like real teeth, the implants themselves did not resemble nature as closely.

This all changed in 1997, with the introduction of NobelReplace. Its tapered body more closely resembled a natural tooth root. It was designed not just to mimic human anatomy, but to provide high primary stability.

Gradually, the new tapered implant increased in popularity among clinicians. The success of the design was then given a further boost by the addition of a new easy-to-use connection, color-coding and a step-by-step drilling protocol. These new features all played a part in reducing complexity and increasing predictability. As a result, Replace Select Tapered and NobelReplace Tapered Groovy went on to become the world’s most frequently used implant system.

The evolution didn’t stop there, either. Today, six versions of the tapered implant family are available. Whether you prefer an internal conical connection or an internal tri-channel, there’s a NobelReplace variant for you. Fully TiUnite, machined and partially machined collars are available, and there's also the option for platform shifting. As a result, clinicians using NobelReplace experience high treatment flexibility using just one system.