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London Study Club

24 February 2020
Managing Implant and Component Failure

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Presented by: Andrew Dawood
Host: Zaki Kanaan
Date: 24 February 2020
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS

As more and more of our patients are treated with implants, we need to be increasingly familiar with the mechanical problems which may present over the life-span of the entire reconstruction. For those patients who suffer implant or component failure, the consequences can be catastrophic if the situation is not carefully and predictably managed.

This presentation will examine strategies for coping conservatively with failure, including a consideration of the initial surgical and prosthetic plan, the potential for re-treatment, implant salvage and component retrieval, and the various technical solutions that may help you to successfully rescue a failing or compromised reconstruction.

Learning objectives:

  • To consider how mechanical failure can occur and how best to plan treatment to avoid mechanical failure
  • To discuss causes of screw loosening or fracture
  • To show how implant components including fractured screws may be successfully retrieved and replaced
  • To outline approaches to implant removal


Andrew is a Specialist in Periodontology and Prosthodontics, working in private and hospital practice. He has 30-years of experience in implant dentistry, and is particularly interested in implant reconstruction in the atrophic jaw, and in craniomaxillofacial surgery. Andrew enjoys teaching, lecturing regularly on prosthodontic and surgical aspects of implant dentistry, and providing training and mentoring for general dental practitioners wishing to develop their skills. He shares a passion for imaging and manufacturing technologies with a team of scientists and 3D technologists based at his London practice.


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