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Andrew Dawood

Andrew Dawood MRD RCS MSc BDS

Specialist in Periodontics and Prosthodontics

Current Digital Planning Strategies in Implant Dentistry

In the last decade, advances in digital technologies have been so disruptive, that the practice of dentistry has been radically altered; and the pace of change continues to accelerate. Developments in 3D imaging, notably Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) have been central to this transformative revolution, and are impacting on every aspect of implant and restorative dentistry, permitting more insightful diagnosis, and providing faster and less intrusive treatments with more predictable results. An understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of available 3D imaging modalities, and access to these modalities, opens up a wealth of possibilities, making it possible to safely carry out implant treatments in anatomically constrained situations.

Technological advances in imaging have been accompanied by synergistic advances in implant planning software and in CAD/CAM, and in 3D printing and manufacturing technologies. The ability to export image data for use in planning software and CAD/CAM systems has strengthened the link between the surgical plan and the achieved surgical and prosthetic outcome, transforming the reconstructive process.

This presentation will explore some of the benefits, limitations, and opportunities that may stem from an integrated approach to 3D imaging and planning.


Andrew has been working with implants for more than 20 years at the Dawood and Tanner Dental Practice. A registered Specialist in Prosthodontics and Periodontics, he is an innovator in the fields of implant dentistry, 3D imaging and 3D printing. He lectures and publishes extensively at home and abroad.

Honorary attachments to University College London, St Bartholomew's, and the Royal London Hospitals,  allow him to pursue a passion for implant reconstruction of patients with extensive tissue deficit as a result of resorption, trauma or post cancer surgery, using imaging and manufacturing technologies to facilitate and expedite the treatment.

The need for exemplary imaging and computer planning for complex dental implant treatments for patients with advanced bone loss or complex maxillofacial defects, led to the development of, a digital imaging and surgical planning facility, which now operates as a free standing entity.