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Why NobelProcera CAD/CAM bars?

by: Michael Stuart

Certified Dental Technician Thomas Wade is the owner of New Horizons Dental Laboratory on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, USA. He says that the quality and efficiency gains that result from outsourcing the production of bars to NobelProcera is rewarding for everyone involved.

Thomas Wade - why NobelProcera CAD/CAM bars?

Thomas Wade has chosen NobelProcera technology as his exclusive provider of CAD/CAM-milled titanium bars for two main reasons. 

“First of all,” says Wade, “The NobelProcera Software allows us to access and provide a wide variety of solutions entailing many different types and styles of bars, customization features, and attachments—all in order to better address the patient’s individual needs.”

Secondly, he says that this technology puts design control in the proper hands. “A bar is best designed by a skilled technician with experience in intra-oral biomechanics,” he states simply, and then goes on to make his point. 

“Since the bar is only one of several components in a successful restoration, the bar designer must fully understand how the bar will support other components, such as denture teeth and PMMA base acrylic, in order to provide the patient with long-lasting function and esthetics.”

Wade cites other reasons for using NobelProcera CAD/CAM bars as well. Broad and comprehensive technical support is high on his list, as is the state-of-the-art software design technology that keeps him competitive as he works at the technological cutting edge. 

“Meticulous quality control by NobelProcera, especially as it relates to passivity of fit and finish,” Wade adds, “all but eliminates remakes,” saving time, effort and money.

Clear advantages

To convince clients to adopt this technology, Wade uses photographs of the bars themselves and the finished cases both in his brochure and on his website. 

“In the early days, I actually took the first few bars I did around to key clients to show them the accuracy and beauty of these bars first hand,” he explains. “Today, I not only show the bars, but also use screenshots taken from the design, including the all-important 2D cross-section to help highlight the purposeful and deliberate choices I’ve made in the design process.”

 Wade believes that the combination of design screenshots and final product photos create a powerful statement about the quality of the engineering and biomechanics. 

“Demonstrated quality serves as a strong marketing tool,” he says. “Also, at a time when most bar cases have been over-simplified to a ‘one size fits all’ treatment plan of full wrap design, I have made my clients aware that we can offer a multitude of design styles to better, more effectively treat a patient’s specific intra-oral needs.”

NobelClinician facilitates teamwork

Especially in cases involving edentulous or nearly edentulous arches, clinicians who use NobelClinician treatment planning software become natural collaborators for a lab like New Horizons.

“Digital planning—which identifies any obstacles, defines the parameters for any necessary bone augmentation or reduction, and indicates strategic placement of the implants—is the key to overall prosthetic success,” Wade asserts. 

“What the implant surgeon does, or does not do on the day of surgery, sets the tone for the overall success of the case moving forward; but make no mistake, even though implant placement is a surgical procedure, it is prosthetically driven.”

According to Thomas Wade, Nobel-Clinician Software makes it possible to “bridge the gap” between the surgeon and the restorative team and encourages collaboration and communication between the two. 

“Success used to be measured simply by the percentage of surviving, well-osseointegrated implants. Today, success needs to be redefined to take good restorative planning and strategic implant placement into account. To serve the patient well, we want to be able to fabricate a prosthesis that will work well, look good and prove durable. Planning with NobelClinician is the best option available to achieve this.”

Working together for a better end result

According to Wade, both the process and end result are always superior—with improved predictability, repeatability, enjoyment, and profitability—when working with doctors who use NobelClinician. “It also prevents stress and heartache, and saves us all time!” he says.

Having NobelClinician Software running at his lab has become a major boon to his business, by vastly increasing his stature as a valued team member, Wade says. 

“I do not plan cases for the clinicians, but I do review a wide variety of restorative criteria, and verify that the plan will facilitate the fabrication of a highly successful prosthesis.”

Even when the team is “geographically challenged,” as Wade puts it, “the ability to share a plan between the three corners of the ‘golden triangle’ (i.e. the surgeon, the restorative dentist and the laboratory) offers unprecedented opportunities for success.”

Using NobelClinician on the front end, and NobelProcera bar technology for the final restoration on the back end, makes for a powerful combination.

Thomas Wade sums things up this way: “In short, it’s a beautiful thing!”

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