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Time to look at esthetics from a new angle

by: Michael Stuart

NobelProcera Angulated Screw Channel (ASC) abutment and Omnigrip tooling


Innovation is a term that is used a lot, but at Nobel Biocare it’s much more than just a word — it’s a mission. The company’s strategy of “Designing for Life” has innovation at its heart.  

With the new NobelProcera Angulated Screw Channel (ASC) abutment and unique new Omnigrip tooling, true innovation has been achieved.

These products allow clinicians to offer screw-retained restorations in a practical and esthetic way that would previously have been impossible to obtain in some cases.

Increased restorative flexibilty with no cement: It’s as easy as A-S-C

With the NobelProcera ASC abutment the screw channel can be placed with an angle of up to 25 degrees off the axis of the implant, anywhere within a 360-degree range. In the anterior esthetic region this makes it possible to use screw-retained restorations where a buccal screw access point would previously have ruled them out.

When designing the ASC abutment in the NobelProcera Software the screw access hole can instead be dynamically positioned on the lingual side of the restoration. The patient therefore benefits from an optimally esthetic result without any risk of the issues that can arise with excess cement. Using a screw-retained rather than a cement-retained solution is a general trend in the market. Screw-retained solutions avoid issues associated with excess cement and are easier to handle, especially when it comes to restoration retrieval. 

Leading restorations now available for a leading implant connection

In the posterior region too, the NobelProcera ASC comes into its own. When used on molars or premolars, the ability to tilt the screw channel into the most convenient position makes it easier for the clinician to place—and access—the restoration.

As a one-piece restoration the NobelProcera ASC abutment requires less labor from the dental lab and so is produced more quickly, reducing costs. This, together with benefits like improved esthetics and easier maintenance, can increase the likelihood of patient acceptance. Plus, once the patient is in the chair, placing just a single piece makes for a more comfortable experience. The angulated screw channel option is available for zirconia abutments on narrow platform and regular platform implants with Nobel Biocare’s internal conical connection.

Individualized abutments from NobelProcera enable an optimal emergence profile for the ideal soft tissue result. Thanks to a titanium adapter, this zirconia option can also be utilized in the posterior, providing the clinician with an entirely new option for delivering the best possible restoration.

Coming to grips with better handling: Introducing Omnigrip tooling

The benefits of the ASC abutment are only possible thanks to the introduction of the associated Omnigrip tooling. Designed in-house by Nobel Biocare’s product development team, it’s more than just a screwdriver; it’s a driver of increased clinical success.

The unique tip of the Omnigrip screwdriver allows the screw to be tightened and loosened within the angulated channel with the same accessibility and torque as if the channel were straight. It allows easy handling from multiple angles, even in the posterior.

The pick-up feature of the special tip is an outstanding attribute. The Omnigrip screwdriver grips and holds the screw equally tightly at any angle within the available range. Clinicians will not have experienced an instrument like this before: such is the level of grip. It has to be experienced to be believed. This capability offers convenience and, most importantly, safety. The Omnigrip is designed to hold the screw firmly when it matters most—when the clinician is working in the patient’s mouth.

A new channel of opportunity

Together, the NobelProcera ASC abutment and the Omnigrip tooling offer clinicians not just new treatment possibilities, but opportunities to increase the number of screw-retained restorations they place. Being just one piece, the abutment represents an option that is efficient to produce, but with unique features and benefits that increase patient acceptance. Additionally, in overcoming barriers to optimal esthetics, patient satisfaction is also likely to improve.

Nobel Biocare innovates to help its customers treat more patients, and to treat them better. These new products do just that.

Find out more about how the NobelProcera ASC abutment and the Omnigrip tooling help improve restorative results online at the address below, or contact your local NobelProcera specialist to experience esthetics from a new angle for yourself.  

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