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Professor Shakeel Shahdad


Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, The Royal London Dental Hospital

Honorary Clinical Professor in Oral Rehabilitation & Implantology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Fellow, International Team for Implantology (ITI)

Chairman, ITI Scholarship Centre at Queen Mary University of London

Diplomate, British Society for Oral Implantology

Chairman Emeritus, Advisory Board in Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Chairman Emeritus, ITI UK and Ireland

Title: Are implants the panacea?

During the last decade, there have been significant developments in both conventional and implant prosthodontics.  The modern techniques and materials offer opportunities to maximise outcomes in teeth with uncertain prognoses, minimally invasive indirect restorations and replacements. Nevertheless, we remain confronted with problems and complications.

During the same period, there has been an unfortunate tendency to readily condemn teeth in favour of implants in a belief that they would outperform well-preserved teeth with questionable prognosis while ignoring the complexities and risks associated with implants.

This presentation aims to discuss the various treatment philosophies, causes of a variety of failures, and how to avoid them and manage them.

Aims and Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this presentation, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the need for good communication, diagnosis, assessment and planning prior to definitive treatment planning, especially for failing cases. 
  • Understand the importance of preserving restorable teeth where ever possible and inform the patients about their usefulness compared to other options. 
  • Describe the concept of “Planning for Failure”

Shakeel Shahdad is a Consultant and Honorary Clinical Professor in Oral Rehabilitation & Implantology at The Royal London Dental Hospital, and Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.  He is the Lead for postgraduate implant training and Chairman of ITI Scholarship Centre at QMUL. 

He is a Fellow of the International Team for Implantology and a Diplomate of The British Society of Oral Implantology.  He is also the Chairman Emeritus for the Advisory Board in Implant Dentistry for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the ITI UK & Ireland Section.  In 2017, he was conferred Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Trainers (FFDTEd) by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

He is a specialist in Restorative Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Endodontics.

Apart from the specialist restorative treatment, his areas of particular interest include aesthetic implant dentistry and management of complex restorative cases including functional and aesthetic rehabilitation of patients with hypodontia and toothwear.  Shakeel specialises in treating patients requiring complex and advanced restorative treatment including surgical placement and restoration with dental implants.

He is active in clinical research and has secured various research grants.  He is a co-author of a textbook in periodontology and implant dentistry, besides publishing in peer-reviewed journals. 

He also runs a multi-specialist referral practice in the West End of London.