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Dr. André Hattingh
Immediate implant placement in molar sockets – a dynamic new technique

The immediate placement of a conventional dental implant into a molar extraction socket poses a number of difficulties. The most significant is the size and shape of the multi-rooted molar socket, which is not suited to allow for the optimal placement of a “typical” dental implant. This often leads to compromised implant positioning, poor primary stability or the inability to place an implant at all. It may also result in the need for a waiting period of 3-4 months, to allow for healing of the socket prior to attempting implant placement. Often, the healed extraction site presents with reduced bone height, which is inadequate for implant placement and necessitates the need for bone augmentation procedures. Treatment time is therefore lengthened with increased cost and complexity.

This lecture aims to address an innovative concept that uses a new extra wide diameter implant and contemporary surgical protocol that makes immediate placement of implants into multi-rooted molar sockets attainable.

André Hattingh
André Hattingh is a specialist periodontist in full time private practice in Sevenoaks, Kent. He devotes 60% of his practice to implantology and the balance to periodontology. He qualified as a dentist in 1991 and worked in general dental practice for 4 years. In 1996 he started a four-year full time postgraduate Masters degree in Periodontology and Oral Medicine that he received with distinction in 2000. He obtained both of his qualifications from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. During his training he placed 105 implants under supervision of experienced specialists and performed most of the bone grafting procedures that relate to implantology. He is chairman of the Tunbridge Wells Postgraduate Periodontal Study Group. He has been placing implants for 11 years and is frequently invited to present lectures on periodontal and implant related topics in the U.K. and abroad.

Qualifications: BChD(Pret), MChD(OMP) Specialist in Periodontics