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The dawn of CAD/CAM restorations

by: Michael Stuart

Back in the early 1980s, restorative strength and high esthetics tended to be mutually exclusive. Not wanting to compromise on either, Dr. Matts Andersson changed prosthetic production for good.

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Modern CAD/CAM prosthetic production began with the first coping in 1989.

Almost twenty years since the first dental implant treatment in 1965, the restorative options for patients still left a lot to be desired. The metal-free restorations at that time were weak and prone to fracture.

Things began to change in 1983, with the introduction of the Procera method for high-precision industrial manufacturing of dental crowns.  Developed by Dr. Matts Andersson, this represented a real, scalable change in the way dental prosthetics were produced. Nobelpharma, the company that later became Nobel Biocare, saw the potential and acquired Procera in 1988. The rest, as they say, is history.

A new era for dental prosthetics

The next big leap in function and esthetics came in 1989, with the first ever ceramic CAD/CAM coping (illustrated left). It was made from Procera AllCeram material with a translucent alumina, which was revolutionary at the time. 

Offering both high strength and esthetics, this new coping was well-received by labs, clinicians and patients alike. The bar for dental restorations had been raised. 

Today, the NobelProcera System continues to lead the field as it delivers outstanding quality, ready-to-use restorations. Since the fabrication of that first coping, patients all over the world have benefited from the more than eleven million high-quality units delivered by NobelProcera.

Every NobelProcera product and solution since then has been designed to give patients both functional and natural-looking tooth restorations, individually designed to last. What's more, all permanent restorations are backed by a five-year warranty.

The know-how to make it work

Just as in the early days, Nobel Biocare approaches the development of each new product with the latest engineering, thorough verification, meticulous validation and specialized manufacturing techniques and tooling. The result is consistent precision of fit and exceptional product quality at a level so high it meets medical device standards.

As technology has evolved, Nobel Biocare has continued to drive dental CAD/CAM innovation with high-end solutions, such as individualized abutments, implant bridges and implant bars. With characteristically safe and effective restorative solutions, the recently introduced NobelProcera 2G Scanner and the open-access partnership with 3Shape will meet the growing demand for high-end treatment quality.

Solutions for all indications

We’ve come a long way since that very first coping. Nowadays, NobelProcera offers a comprehensive range of innovative, science-based restorative solutions for the replacement of teeth in all indications, ranging from the single tooth to the edentulous. NobelProcera provides easy access to a global network of regional production facilities to better serve your network of dental professionals. But Nobel Biocare offers you even more.

With over 20 years of documented CAD/CAM success, our experts are readily available to share their technical and business experience with you. Through training and support, we can help you to unlock your professional potential, using a system with the power to provide the best possible outcome for your patients.

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