A presentation on the benefits of the All-on-4® treatment concept started Dr. Po-Chih Hsu on a journey that, with support from Nobel Biocare, would see the talented Taiwanese clinician become recognized as an expert in edentulous restorations, as he explains below.
I am working in a hospital where many patients suffering from edentulism are business travelers or cancer patients and simply do not have time to wait for bone grafting procedures to be completed. Attending a lecture by Dr. Paulo Malo in Taipei in 2012 was a seminal moment in my career as a clinician.
As Dr. Malo explained the principals of the All-on-4® treatment concept, I realized what an incredible opportunity it presented. For me, this graftless technique was revolutionary. I saw immediately that it offered me a way to restore quality of life for my edentulous patients.
Development and support
Of course, before I could start treating patients I first needed to develop the skills required to implement the concept safely and effectively. As the lecture had been organized by Nobel Biocare, I turned to them for advice. And I couldn’t have been happier with the response.
Nobel Biocare opened doors for me and my prosthodontist, so we could train at the Malo Clinic. This gave me a fantastic grounding in the concept and teamwork, but the support from Nobel Biocare didn’t end there. We stayed in close contact, and they helped secure mentors that I could turn to as I conducted my All-on-4® treatment concept cases.
From T&E to TV
Our partnership continued, and last year we worked together on a public outreach campaign for the hospital where I work. In collaboration we developed marketing materials and visual aids to support the program.
There was a big PR push as well, and as a result I appeared on national television to provide expert insight on how the All-on-4® treatment concept benefits the patient, particularly when it comes to cost, time and the lower number of surgeries required since grafting is not an issue.
Featured alongside me were former denture wearers whose lives have been transformed by the concept. As they described the improvements they have experienced, not just in esthetics, but in being able to eat more nourishing food, it was another important moment for me. It highlighted again the revolutionary nature of All-on-4®.
Since introducing the All-on-4® treatment concept I’ve also seen an increase in patient flow, which of course is a boost for business. I’ve now treated over one hundred patients with the concept, and the demand has been so great that I’ve had to start a waiting list for new cases.
Start your journey
I understand that some clinicians might be wary of taking time out to train in a new treatment concept. All I can say is that for me it has been a fantastic success, and it was made possible by a great partnership with Nobel Biocare. If you’re considering it, I’d really recommend giving your local Nobel Biocare team a call. Why not see where your All-on-4® journey could take you?