SOURCE: Dr. Virgilio Mongalo

July 10, 2007 06:30 ET

Nobel Biocare Chooses Miami Cosmetic Dentist to Be Clinical Instructor for Computer-Guided Surgeries

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - Nobel Biocare, one of the world's leading dental implant companies, has selected Dr. Virgilio Mongalo as a clinical instructor for their computer-guided surgeries.

A Miami cosmetic dentist and an associate professor of prosthodontics at the University of Florida, Dr. Mongalo's experience in the field is extensive. He was involved in the initial testing of the computer-guided procedures in 1993 before the system was approved by the FDA.

The system relies on a combination of computer and imaging technology to dramatically advance patient care. According to Dr. Mongalo, "It has enhanced our ability to ensure the success of implant procedures over traditional methods."

In the past, dental implants required multiple surgeries over the course of 4-9 months. With computer-guided surgeries such as Teeth in an Hour, it's a quick, minimally invasive procedure for replacing several or all of a patient's teeth in about an hour.

Performed in the office, dentists use computerized tomography to scan a patient's mouth. The CAT scan provides a detailed view of the patient's teeth and jaws. The data is transferred to a computer and displayed in 3 dimensions using software developed by Nobel Biocare. The 3D images enable a dentist to analyze the teeth and jaws from a variety of angles and even perform virtual surgery on the images.

Nobel's factory uses these same images to create a stencil-like mouthpiece to guide the dentist through the implant surgery. The images are also used to fashion new teeth to fit the patient's mouth before the surgery. Consequently, patients can have new teeth implanted in about an hour.

The migration of digital technology into the dental office is revolutionizing the field. Medical practitioners must transcend disciplines. Accomplished instructors are required to provide the sophisticated training for these new skills and treatments.

"Nobel Biocare is committed to developing the most advanced esthetic dental solutions and playing an active role in educating and training dental students and dental practitioners on these state-of-the-art techniques," said Heliane Canepa, President and CEO of Nobel Biocare.

"Working with professors like Dr. Mongalo will help contribute to the success of today's practicing dentists and dental students, and ultimately help to elevate the state of patient care, now and for years to come."

About Nobel Biocare

Training and education are cornerstones of Nobel Biocare's strategy to offer durable and esthetic tooth replacement solutions to dental professionals and patients. As one of the world leaders in dental implant technologies, the company has been providing specialist training and mentoring for its clinically documented treatment concepts for more than 20 years.

About Dr. Virgilio Mongalo

As a private practitioner in Miami, Dr. Virgilio Mongalo has performed cosmetic dentistry and implant procedures for more than 17 years.

As an associate professor of prosthodontics at the University of Florida, Dr. Virgilio Mongalo lectures on new technologies in cosmetic and prosthetic dentistry as well as dental implantology to students and dental professionals in Miami and throughout Latin America.

Awarded his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from the University of Florida, Dr. Mongalo is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is president of the Scientific Committee for the Latin American Organization of Dental Implants.

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