So this week we took delivery of a Nobel Procera and it seems that just about every technician in the UK found out within a few hours of delivery! It is a small industry I suppose but what prompted me to write a long over due blog, was the initial emails, tweets and facebook messages I received when people heard I had bought a Procera.
‘Did you but a Procera because the new Straumann system isnt any good?’
‘Did you buy a Procera so you can do cheap Straumann abutments?’
‘Did you buy a Procera……’ and on and on the questions went mostly presuming we were stopping using our other CAD-CAM systems like CARES and Bellatek
Firstly let me state something, the new CARES 8.0 from Straumann is flipping awesome and I’m not changing anything that I do on the Straumann system.
But back to the original question of why we bought a Procera, its a very simple answer.
I bought a Nobel Biocare Procera scanner to do my Nobel Biocare implant work.
I like to think as a lab we are as ethical as possible and my Nobel Biocare work has risen to record levels and I like to use genuine on genuine. So all of my Nobel abutments and bars will now be done through my Procera machine. Its an awesome machine with some fantastic easy to use, intuitive software that makes complex implant work a breeze to do.
My e-max, CoCr, Straumann abutments and everything else I use my Straumann CARES 8.0 for will remain exactly the same. I’m baffled why anyone thought that would change.
So it made me think about labs and CAD-CAM and the future ahead. I use what I honestly feel to be the best which is why we use Procera, Straumann CARES, Bellatek, Atlantis, GC-Tech, ISUS and several other CAD-CAM systems cherry picking what is right and what feel is the best for that type of job, using genuine parts where ever possible. If you are looking for one system to do all your work, then you will be looking for a very long time. As modern forward thinking technicians we need to be looking at multiple CAD systems. I realise that for many small labs this is an issue and I’m afraid to say I’m not sure how great the future is for small labs that cant afford to invest in multiple systems but I think its the future. Our customers expect me to offer the most cost effective, accurate CAD-CAM solutions and thats why I bought a Nobel Procera because its the best at making Nobel Biocare implant work.
So I hope that answers some of your questions. My next question to myself is likely to be what awesome new systems will I be wanting to buy after IDS. Now thats a much more exciting question!!