The Dental Implant team and their patient philosophy

The Team for Advanced Oral Implants (TAO) has been established to deal with the growing number of our dental implant patients. Our patient philosophy is simple; we are passionate about combining our specialist areas of expertise so we provide the ultimate treatment for every individual.

The TAO philosophy encourages each discipline to communicate and interact. The team, comprising of an Oral Surgeon, Prosthodontist and Technician, combine expertise, which together will produce a predictable treatment outcome.

Our stated philosophy of excellence is a commitment by each member of the team to our patients. Together we provide a centre of excellence in which our general practice colleagues can have complete confidence. Each referred patient remains under the overall care of the referring practitioner.

Our preferred system for dental implants is ITI (International Team for Implantology), which is marketed worldwide by the Institute of Straumann of Switzerland.

With a wealth of knowledge and expertise spanning in excess of 15 years, our team have been responsible for many thousands of successful implant restorations.

Successful and predictable restoration using dental implants demands the combined skills of specialists from several different disciplines within dentistry.  Our team, we believe, will live up to its chosen name offering the true path of successful implant-borne restorations for your patients.

All patients are seen by a team of Oral Surgeons, Prosthodontists and Technicians. This ensures a balanced and realistic appraisal of the patient's needs and wishes. The Implant system of choice will be the ITI System.  The system uses a one-stage tranmucosal titanium implant design, requiring only one surgical procedure for placement, needing only 6-12 weeks to integrate (depending on the patient’s bone type).


Mr Lavery trained in many of the major maxillofacial units in the country before becoming a consultant at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, and a post he has held in excess of 15 years.  During this time, he has carried out a full range of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in this renowned centre of excellence and has taken a particular interest in the use of implants in post-traumatic cases.


Mr Sneddon qualified in medicine and dentistry at Kings College Hospital, University of London in 1983 and 1991 respectively.  He has extensive experience in maxillofacial surgery and held senior positions in various prestigious maxillofacial surgical centres before taking up his present consultant post.  Mr Sneddon has published his work extensively and has special interest in the use of titanium implants in facial and oral reconstruction.

Mr K E Postans BDS LDS RCS (Eng) MSc (Lon)

Mr Postans has been closely involved with the dental implant teams based at Kent and Canterbury Hospitals for over 15 years. He deals with all applications of prosthetic reconstruction on Straumann implants. He receives referrals both directly from other practitioners, and through Canterbury and McIndoe (East Grinstead) hospitals.


Mr Browne has been working with implants for more than 30 years and firmly believes in the team approach to implant dentistry.  He has been elected a member of the ITI, only the second technician worldwide to be invited to join.

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