Alex Touchstone, DDS a leading authority on digital restorative dentistry and chairside CAD/CAD technology, was recently appointed to the clinical advisory board of Natural Dental ImplantsTM.

In this role, Dr. Touchstone will work with NDI as they launch the Replicate Nonsurgical Tooth Replacement System™ (, an alternative to traditional dental implants and three unit dental bridges, by developing educational programs, hands-on workshops and by incorporating the system in his cosmetic and restorative dental practice in Hattiesburg, MS. “Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is on a perpetual quest to create an idealized replica of natural dentition,” explained Touchstone. “I’m very excited about the Replicate Nonsurgical Tooth Replacement System™ because it is 100% customized to the anatomical shape of the tooth being replaced. In fact, each Replicate Tooth™ is as unique as the patient it is designed for, from the tip of the root to the top of the crown – that’s a major development!” Specifically, Replicate is indicated only for single-tooth replacement, with the process beginning prior to tooth extraction. Using data collected from a CBCT scan and PVS or digital impression (2) of the tooth crown, NDI’s laboratory, located in Berlin, Germany, designs a patient-specific replacement tooth using proprietary CAD software. The implant root is an anatomical copy of the tooth to be extracted. The abutment and crown are designed from a digitized impression. The customized components are CAM-manufactured from titanium and zirconia. The Replicate Tooth is delivered as a single component, root, abutment and crown/splint, assembled, sterilized and ready for placement. The titanium root and zirconia abutment are fused together to ensure the esthetics of the finished tooth are not compromised close to the gingival margin and to eliminate any subgingival gap where bacteria might accumulate. “We’re very pleased that Dr. Touchstone joined our clinical advisory team,” said Natural Dental Implants CEO, Lea Nesbit. “His strong background and reputation as an advocate and educator for chair side CAD/CAM and other digital technologies, plus his day-to-day accomplishments as a practicing cosmetic and restorative dentist are going to be great assets as we introduce Replicate to American dentists.”

The Replicate Nonsurgical Tooth Replacement System is currently available in the European Union. The official launch date for the U.S. market and will be determined once FDA clearance is received. For more information, visit About Alex Touchstone, DDS Alex Touchstone, DDS is a recognized pioneer in chairside dental CAD/CAM technology and one of the first advocates of digital dentistry. For more than a decade, Dr. Touchstone has combined the latest advances in dental technology with proven clinical techniques to expand his private general dentistry practice and provide his patients with the highest level of cosmetic and restorative care. His digital dentistry case studies are well documented, and he frequently shares his experience and knowledge with dental colleagues around the world through articles published in leading dental journals, lectures and workshops at major dental meetings, (3) and through his popular, interactive web portal About Natural Dental Implants AG Natural Dental Implants AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with a U.S. subsidiary based in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 2006 to develop the intellectual property behind the REPLICATE™ Nonsurgical Tooth Replacement System. Research and development operations began in 2009. The REPLICATE System is currently available in the European Union and awaiting regulatory clearance in the United States. Visit to learn more.



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