BDS(Hons), MPhil, FDSRCS (Eng.), FDS (Rest Dent) RCS (Eng.)

Professor Chris Butterworth is a leading Maxillofacial Prosthodontist based at University Hospital Aintree, one of the largest Head & Neck Cancer centres in Europe. Since his appointment back in 2003, he has built a reputation for innovative care in the field of oral & facial rehabilitation. Chris has been in post since 2003 as the Consultant Maxillofacial Prosthodontist based between the Regional Maxillofacial Unit at University Hospital Aintree and the Liverpool University Dental Hospital. He is the lead clinician for dental implant treatment at the Dental Hospital and also leads the prosthetic rehabilitation service in Merseyside for the oral & facial rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients.

He has extensive experience in the prosthetic planning, surgical placement and restoration of osseointegrated dental implants and has pioneered the placement of zygomatic implants in Merseyside. He has a national reputation in the prosthetic rehabilitation of oral cancer patients and was the youngest national president of the British Society of Prosthodontics in 2011/12. He is interested in the use of computerized dental implant planning techniques for complex cases, the use of zygomatic implants, surgical tailoring of intra-oral free flaps and in quality of life outcomes following osseointegrated implant treatment. He is actively involved in head & neck cancer research and is co-investigator on the HOPON trial looking at the efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen in the prevention of Osteoradionecrosis following surgery in the irradiated mandible.

Chris has authored over 40 scientific papers, several textbook chapters and is the lead author on the restorative guidelines for UK based head & neck cancer patients. His work on the use of zygomatic implants in head & neck cancer patients was recently recognised at the Academy of Osseointegration 2017 meeting in Orlando where he was awarded the Best Oral Clinical Research Presentation Award for his presentation “Primary vs Secondary Zygomatic Implant Placement In Head And Neck Cancer Patients – A 10 Year Prospective Study”.

Academic Positions

  • Present2019

    Honorary Professor in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

    Faculty of Health & Life Sciences,
    University of Liverpool

  • 20192013

    Honorary Senior Lecturer in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

    School of Molecular & Clinical Cancer Medicine,
    University of Liverpool

  • 20132003

    Honorary Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

    Liverpool University Dental School
    University of Liverpool

  • 20031998

    Honorary Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

    Birmingham Dental School,
    University of Birmingham

Education & Training

  • 2003

    Consultant in Oral Rehabilitation / Maxillofacial Prosthodontics

    Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust / Liverpool Dental Hospital

  • 2002

    FDS (Rest Dent) Specialty Fellowship

    Royal College of Surgeons

  • 2002

    Master of Philosophy (by research)

    University of Birmingham

  • 1998

    FDSRCS (Eng)

    Royal College of Surgeons (Eng)

  • 1995

    BDS (Hons)

    University of Liverpool

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2018
    Schottlander Award
    This award from the British Society of Prosthodontics ( is for the best Oral research presentation at the Annual Conference.

    Mr Chris Butterworth of Liverpool Dental Hospital is this year’s joint winner of the Schottlander Prize for his paper entitled ‘Primary versus secondary zygomatic implant placement in head and neck cancer patients – a 10-year prospective study’.

    In his paper, Chris showed the use of zygomatic implants to provide remote anchorage in the management of oro-facial malignancy with the implants being placed at the time of primary tumour resection is a predictable prosthetic treatment resulting in high implant survival and usability.

    In presenting the prize Dr Brian Schottlander complemented him on combining the provision of high-quality clinical care to vulnerable patients with a meticulous follow-up on the success of the treatment.

    Photographed, left to right: Dr Brian Schottlander, Dr Chris Butterworth and Dr Phil Smith (BSSPD president).


  • 2017
    Academy of Osseointegration Clinical Research Award
    Best Oral Clinical Presentation at AO Annual Conference 2017 in Orlando.
    Title: Primary vs Secondary Zygomatic Implant Placement in Head and Neck Cancer Patients- A 10 Year Prospective Study


    The AO Conference is one of the largest osseointegration conferences in the USA with over 3000 attendees. This prestigious international prize was awarded for the best Oral clinical presentation about the use of zygomatic implants in head & neck cancer patients.