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Motherwell Study Club - 29 September 2016

Simplifying Planning, Surgery and Restoration

Presented by: Duncan Robertson
Exhibitor: Implantium, Trycare
Date: 29 September 2016
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Dakota Hotel Eurocentral, 1-3 Parklands Avenue, Motherwell, Nr Glasgow, ML1 4WQ

The lecture is titled “Simplifying Planning, Surgery and Restoration”. This lecture is planned for dentists both new to implant surgery and experienced implant surgeons. Dr Robertson will take you through the techniques he has learnt over the last 12 years and identify both the successes and challenges he has encountered.

Dr Robertson intends eight main learning outcomes:-

1. The practical use of the SAC system for you and your patients

2. Treatment Planning

3. The “Straight” and “Short” implants

4. The use of magnets – their long term survival in both maxilla and mandible

5. “Co-axis” implants - their applications

6. The “pros and cons” of immediate loading on single and multiple implants

7. Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) – its clinical applications

8. An “adjustable” abutment? 0° - 36° angular adjustment for the retaining screw axis - initial research.


Born in Zimbabwe in 1959, Duncan came to Scotland in 1976 and started dentistry in Edinburgh in 1978. Qualifying in 1983, he went on to complete his Doctorate researching “Clinical, Pathological and Immunological Aspects of Oral Keratosis” in 1991.

Duncan subsequently entered general dental practice setting up a single surgery in 1993. This has grown to a three surgery, private Denplan Excel Accredited practice with a laboratory, CBCT and intra-oral scanning. His team include five nurses, three receptionists, one practice co-ordinator, two hygienists, two dentists and a consultant orthodontist.

Treatment planning is Duncan’s main interest and his use of short, straight and co-axis implants help minimise surgery and augmentation. A large proportion of his treatment involves immediate loading for both single and multiple unit cases. The versatility of this approach has meant that sinus augmentations have been completely avoided!

Finally, in 2011, he invented a custom abutment and presented initial results at the ADI Members’ Forum in 2015. The custom abutment called the “Orbital Connector” offers an angular range of 0° - 36° for setting the orientation of the prosthetic retaining screw.

Location and Further Actions

Dr Sam Elassar