The Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre

The Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre (NBOHC) at the University of British Columbia uses state-of-the-art technology and an innovative architectural design to create a sophisticated, efficient space for learning, community service and research.

The dental clinic in the NBOHC provides the setting for the clinical practice component that is required for the completion of Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) requirements and clinical specialty graduate programs.

NBOHC Quick Facts

  • The NBOHC opened in spring 2006.
  • Located at the gates to University Town, the NBOHC serves over 35,000 patient visits per year and occupies the second level of the David Strangway Building at the main entrance to campus. Limited parking is available under this building.
  • The 3,623 square meters (39,000 square feet) clinical facility replaced the former 1,858 square meters (20,000 square feet) of undergraduate, graduate and radiology clinic space in the John B. Macdonald (JBM) Building.
  • The NBOHC accommodates 126 open operatories and 18 enclosed operatories to support general dentistry and specialized procedures.
  • Technologically advanced, yet cost effective, patient care operatory systems and dental chair units have been co-developed with Planmeca Oy, of Finland.
  • Chair systems offer plug and play connections for different types of instruments such as electric hand pieces and intraoral cameras.
  • A networked chair side software system manages patient information, including digital imaging and the support of clinic administration systems.
  • A state-of-the-art central sterilization and distribution centre integrates electronic operatory systems to provide optimum infection control process.
  • A state-of-the-art oral radiology centre, with an increased number of strategically situated intra-oral units, all digital and networked with quality assurance and secure software controls.
  • Mini labs in the clinic to provide for adjustments of appliances and prostheses.
  • Breakout seminar rooms in the clinic double as convenient computer labs to facilitate student access to electronic patient records and other databases.
  • Old clinic space in the JBM Building will provide space for new classrooms and educational support.
  • The Faculty of Dentistry supports more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students in clinical programs, with the assistance of more than 40 full time and 235 part-time faculty members.

More Information

For directions to the NBOHC, parking and patient information, visit the About the Dental Clinic page.