OCO Biomedical & the new Ascend Dental Academy to Take Implant Education to New Heights

Ascend Dental Academy will serve as OCO Biomedical’s exclusive education partner to provide today’s dentists with comprehensive dental implant surgical and restorative training. OCO Biomedical pledges to be the best resource and product provider for implant dentists, which includes providing the most practical and comprehensive training in the industry.

Ascend Dental Academy is a joint venture with world renowned educator and widely respected implantologist, Dr. Ara Nazarian. As the Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Nazarian will oversee the program and share his knowledge of no-nonsense, comprehensive dental implant training with dentists who want to learn the most efficient, effective and profitable ways to place dental implants.

“I see OCO Biomedical continuing to affect implant dentistry with its visionary approach to providing products, materials and techniques that encourage dentists to provide the most for their patients while fulfilling their own potential. The Ascend Dental Academy will deliver practical dental implant education and mentoring that promote optimal clinical results.”
Ara Nazarian, DDS, DICOI, Chief Clinical Officer – Ascend Dental Academy

For more information about Ascend Dental Academy, please contact Jan Martin at 888-553-6687or email at jmartin@ascenddentalacademy.com



Implant Drill Usage

Implant Drill Usage

Your pilot drill and osteotomy formers are not meant to last forever. When they are sharp, these instruments will cut efficiently and accurately. These burs, especially the pilot, take a lot of abuse as they go through cortical bone. On top of that, every time they are heat sterilized, there is degradation of the cutting edge. All this results in a less than ideal cutting instrument.

If you are using dull pilot drills, you will find that you need to use more pressure to drive the bur through bone. Your osteotomy formers will also not cut smoothly and effortlessly through bone. This inefficiency can result in heating of the bone and possibly a larger osteotomy than recommended. Both of these can result in lack of primary stability and possibly failure of your implants due to bone necrosis.

OCO recommends that your pilot be changed out every 15th osteotomy and your osteotomy formers should be replaced every 20th implant (depending on bone density) in order to keep them efficiently cutting. We do not recommend re-sharpening as that will result in a narrower diameter former which can result in compression necrosis when an implant is placed.

Make sure to use the OCO Implant Drill Usage Chart and buy new osteotomy formers and pilot drills regularly.


To take advantage of this special offer, call (800) 228-0477 to speak to one of our Sales Representatives.

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