Inside Dentistry
September 2013
Volume 9, Issue 9

Designing for Life

Nobel Biocare’s 2013 Global Symposium focuses on implant solutions that last a lifetime

Kate Hughes

From June 20 to June 23, 2013, more than 2,000 dental specialists from all over the world converged on the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City for Nobel Biocare’s Global Symposium. The sold-out symposium offered attendees 4 days of education, taught by world-renowned researchers, scientists, clinicians, and academics. The theme of this year’s symposium was “Designing for Life: Today and in the Future,” as Nobel Biocare has always focused on providing long-term implant solutions that last patients a lifetime.

Beyond the Symposium’s Main Program, which featured discussion panels composed of some of the top names in the industry, attendees were encouraged to attend a variety of hands-on and master class courses to hone specific skills and learn about innovations in implantology.
For the duration of the symposium, Nobel Biocare’s exhibit hall extended to attendees an opportunity to view and experience innovations from the company, including their new digital workflow and a new regenerative product. The new digital workflow offers clinicians a seamless experience for moving from patient diagnosis and treatment planning to surgery and prosthetics, all while connected through Nobel Biocare’s secure online network, NobelConnect. This workflow allows every member of the dental team to be involved in every step of treatment planning and execution while having access to all of the information available. It will streamline workflows and improve patient outcomes because every member of the team will be on the same page. The new regenerative product, creos™ xeno.protect, is a biodegradable collagen membrane for use in guided bone and guided tissue regeneration procedures. For the time being, creos xeno.protect will only be available to select European markets.

There were also a number of special events and courses, including a lecture by Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, father of Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, titled, “Social Media and Its Impact on Networking and Marketing Your Practice,” as well as an “Emerging Leaders Session,” where up and coming dental leaders were invited to present alongside world-renowned moderators.

One of these emerging leaders is Sunyoung Ma, of New Zealand, who is currently involved in clinical trials investigating long-term outcomes of implant overdentures using different types of implant distribution, loading protocols, and attachment systems. Ma was thrilled to discuss her research in a global environment. “I was so humbled by the invitation to come speak at Nobel Biocare’s Global Symposium,” she said. “I have learned a lot from the world-renowned clinicians and researchers, and it has been a great experience.”

In addition, Nobel Biocare used the 2013 Global Symposium as a venue to announce the official inauguration of the Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR). FOR builds on Nobel Biocare’s long-standing commitment to science, education, and humanitarian engagement. The foundation seeks to provide on-demand opportunities for learning, sharing, and mentoring for better patient care, and offers members a vast network of educational and supportive resources on its exclusive website, www.FOR.org. “Anybody who joins FOR will be able to access an extraordinary amount of information that will be beneficial on many levels,” describes Professor George Zarb, FOR’s chairman. The sponsorship of FOR demonstrates the strong emphasis that Nobel Biocare is placing on training and education, and underscores the future contributions the company plans to make to the oral health community.

Attendees of the Nobel Biocare 2013 Global Symposium had access to some of the world’s foremost experts in the field of dental implantology. This long weekend gave these clinicians a chance to learn about new materials, workflows, and procedures, as well as introduced them to FOR, sure to be a major force for oral rehabilitation education. As the more than 2,000 symposium attendees return to their practices, they will be able to incorporate what they have learned into their everyday procedures, ensuring that their patients receive implant solutions that last a lifetime.

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