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Edinburgh Study Club - 25 May 2017

Management of the Complex Implant-Based Reconstruction

Presented by: Susan Tanner
Date: 25 May 2017
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Leven Car Company and Rolls Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh, One Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6DD

Aims: To describe some of the treatment planning and management issues in reconstructing complex patients, including those who have suffered extreme dental atrophy.

She will discuss:

  • Current prosthodontic concepts used in the practice to treatment plan through to delivery of the restorations.
  • Selecting the best possible implant treatment for your patient
  • The use of analogue or digital workflows and manufacturing technologies
  • Understanding the significance of the smile line and restorative space, and the impact on the restorative plan
  • The use of graft-less treatments for patients suffering from advanced atrophy


Susan’s Masters Degree from The Eastman Dental Hospital in Prosthetic Dentistry has formed a cohesive platform over the years for the vast number of full arch implant reconstructions she carries out for both referring colleagues and for patients of The Dawood and Tanner Specialist Dental Practice. Dental implants have been an integrated part of her practice armamentarium since the early 1990s. She works with implant surgeon Andrew Dawood, and has restored hundreds of cases, from simple single teeth to complex maxillo-facial reconstructions on dental implants.

Within her specialist prosthodontic practice, Susan is particularly interested in the implant rehabilitation of patients who have atrophic jaws, with the goal of providing immediate fixed reconstructions, even where there is extensive resorption. She has exceptional experience in restoring the dentition supported by zygomatic implants for these patients.

She takes great pleasure in teaching, lecturing regularly on prosthodontic aspects of implant dentistry in the UK and internationally, or working with small groups or on a one to one basis at the practice, helping the general dental practitioner to bring the benefits of implant treatments to their patients and their working life.

Susan is a trustee of the charity “Saving Faces”, The Facial Surgery Research Foundation, NFORC, dedicated to supporting nationwide research into head and neck cancer and trauma surgery, prevention of oral diseases in the younger generation and awareness of facial disfigurement.

Location and Further Actions

Dr Sam Elassar