Richard Sullivan, DDS

Consultant with Nobel Biocare and the Nevada State Board of Dentistry


About the Clinical Expert

Richard Sullivan, DDS began a career within Nobel Biocare in 1990, with a relocation to Gothenburg Sweden in 1992 for two years when this was the Nobel Biocare global headquarters. His responsibilities included clinical and laboratory products for North America. This position offered opportunities for product development including three patents, as co-author of four textbook chapters and twenty publications including digital treatment delivery and treating the edentulous arch. He also maintained a part-time private practice throughout this time providing implant placement and restoration. Rick retired from Nobel Biocare after 30 years, and is currently a consultant with Nobel Biocare and the Nevada State Board of Dentistry.

Academic Qualification

  • Loyola University, BA, DDS 
  • Harvard University, Implant Dentistry, Full Arch Restoration – Branemark System Certificates Implant Placement and Restoration, 150 hr CE program 1987-1988


  • Fortin Y, Sullivan R. Terminal Posterior Tilted Implants Planned as a Sinus Graft Alternative for Fixed Full-Arch Implant-Supported Maxillary Restoration: A Case Series with 10- to 19-Year Results on 44 Consecutive Patients Presenting for Routine Maintenance. Fortin Y, Sullivan R. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2017 Feb;19(1):56-68.
  • Bedrossian E, Sullivan R, Fortin Y, Malo P, Rangert B, Indersano T. Fixed-prosthetic restoration of the edentulous maxilla: A systematic pre-treatment evaluation method. J Oral Maxiillofac Surg. 2008 Jan;66(1):112-22.
  • Bahat O, Sullivan RM. Parameters for successful implant integration revisited part I: immediate loading considered in light of the original prerequisites for osseointegration. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res. 2010 May;12 Suppl 1:e2-12.
  • Fortin Y, Langer B, Sullivan R. Management of soft tissue with an emergence profile pontic design for maxillary implant supported restoration. Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. 2013 Sept;5(9):29-42.
  • Schnitman P, Vasilic M, Sullivan R. Expansion of Profile Prosthesis Concept for Full Maxillary Provisionalization Supporting Computer Guided Surgery. Academy of Osseointegration Clinical Innovations 2007 (published abstract)

Awards & Recognition

  • Fellow, Academy of Osseointegration
  • Past Chairman, Professional and Public Relations Committee, Academy of Osseointegration
  • Titanium Society Member, Academy of Osseointegration

StudyClub Topic


Preventing implant complications for the edentulous arch

Presentation Synopsis

Optimizing Long-term Restorative Success for the Edentulous Arch


With a 15 year foundation of clinical and radiographic observation of 2,895 implants on consecutive patients, six factors were published in 1981 as “Requirements for Long-Lasting Bone-to implant Anchorage”. For the Brånemark group in Gothenburg Sweden, this clinical research data was based primarily on treatment of the already edentulous jaw with a two stage surgical approach. This edentulous arch experience was supplemented by applications for bone anchored hearing aids, craniofacial prosthesis anchorage, finger joint replacement and other orthopedic reconstruction; still, minimal single tooth or short span dental implant information could be extrapolated until several years later.

Within the edentulous arch implant indication for fixed restoration there have been extensive developments in

  • prosthesis design and materials
  • bone grafting emphasis
  • implant surfaces
  • abutment selection
  • success criteria including soft tissue and esthetic factors

There have also been introductions of biological variables

  • implant placement at time of extraction
  • immediate provisionalization
  • tilted implants
  • routine use of zygomatic implants
  • computer-guided and navigated surgery

Looked at collectively these new developments since 1981 are all expansions of this original research foundation for the edentulous arch. What has been the impact? The objective of this program will be to review selected clinically relevant developments based on potential patient benefits, clinical performance, return-on-investment, time saved and esthetic advantages.

Learning Objectives

  • To be able to apply the “six requirements for long-lasting bone anchorage” to case planning decisions
  • To support ongoing decisions for the application of digital technologies for edentulous arch diagnosis, planning and treatment
  • To be ready to implement clinically significant cost effective digital benefits on patient behalf


November 30th, 2022

6:30 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET (2 hours)
6:00 PM PT to 8:00 PM PT (2 hours)

CE Credits Offered for this Session: 2

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