Dr Andrew Mackie

NZDA Andrew Mackie

The good the bad and the ugly: Dental implants, management of complications and economic alternatives

Dental implants have been a routine part of dentistry for over 30 years and following their commercial application there was a sense of hubris that many restorative challenges had been solved. However, despite the use of digital and CAD/CAM technology to help drive down the cost of placing and restoring dental implants and teeth, these methods of treatment are still out of reach for many patients. We need to consider the implications that treatment decisions made today will have on the long-term maintenance burden of our patients in the long-term. Andrew will share an accumulation of clinical and research based knowledge to help with your patient’s treatment journey when considering dental implants and oral rehabilitation.


Andrew graduated in Otago (BDS) and obtained a Membership to the Royal College of Surgeons, London (MFGDP, RCS). Following Membership examinations, Andrew began postgraduate study in 2005 towards a Clinical Doctorate in the discipline of Prosthodontics (DClinDent) at Otago university.

In 2008, Andrew was awarded a Membership to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (MRACDS) and started private specialist practice (Mackie Dental Specialists) with Periodontist Dr Tasha Mackie.

Andrew has been an external examiner for the Otago School of Dentistry, currently runs the Graduate Professional Development programme for Waikato and has been involved with the NZDA at board level as the Specialist representative and locally as past president for the Waikato Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Dental Association.

Andrew has also been past president of the New Zealand Association of Prosthodontists and Restorative Dentists and he is a member of the Academy of Australasian and New Zealand Prosthodontists and International College of Prosthodontists.

Andrew is currently in full time private practice and has an interest in the long-term maintenance burden of implant and tooth supported restorations.