Tools of the Trade: NobelClinician

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by Dr Adrian Kat, Advanced Dental Artistry, Morley, WA

 

NobelClinician is used for planning implant cases and is an upgrade of their previous Procera System. I had been using Procera for two years and found it really made implant placement much easier. NobelClinician was only released in 2011 and I have been using it for about three months.

 

What’s good about it

It allows you to more accurately plan implant treatment by viewing a patient’s jaw in three dimensions. The detail is extremely accurate and shows sinuses, bone structure and where all the things you don’t want to hit are located. You can then place your implants in just the right position.

It’s a great aid in helping patients understand why they need certain procedures. You can display their scans and, for example, explain why they need a sinus lift. Having the ability to show patients exactly what is happening is a very powerful way to explain things. When a patient needs a bone graft, they often have difficulty grasping why it needs to be done. NobelClinician allows you to show them where bone needs to be added to a particular area.

When dealing with more challenging cases, you can email your treatment plan to Nobel Biocare in Japan or Europe, and they will make a surgical stent. The surgical stent fits in the patient’s mouth and does away with all guesswork about the placement of the implants.

 

What’s not so good

Being an upgrade, the screen is different and there are more features to get your head around. There is a fairly steep learning curve as it’s like learning to use the system all over again. The operator also needs to be fairly competent with computers in the first place.

 

Where did you get it

Nobel Biocare.

 

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