Dental Implant Drama: Nobel Biocare Lawsuit

Dental implants from Nobel Biocare are the target of a new lawsuit. A California dentist is seeking a class action lawsuit against the Swiss manufacturer.

The dentist claims that the NobelDirect dental implant has serious design defects that lead to complications such as bone loss, an allegation Nobel Biocare denies.

Dr. Jason Yamada seeks compensation not just for himself but for the thousands of US dentists who have placed NobelDirect dental implants. The suit claims these dentists have had to perform or pay for additional surgeries on patients who suffered complications from the allegedly faulty implant.

The suit further alleges that Nobel Biocare has known about the defects for a number of years. In 2005-06, the Swedish Medical Products Agency investigated claims of bone loss with the NobelDirect implant. Nobel was allowed to continue selling the tooth implant, but was instructed to alter its instructions and marketing.

Nobel says that, as a result of the Swedish investigation, the product has been extremely well-documented. Spokesman Nicolas Weidmann told Reuters, “We have very, very comprehensive material and data, including the clearance from the SMPA in Sweden, that the product is absolutely safe.”

Not surprisingly, Nobel Biocare plans to fight the suit.

Read more: Dentist seeks US class action suit vs. Nobel Biocare

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