Options for the Endodontically Compromised Tooth
Course Description: The trend is incontrovertible: there is a camp of dental professionals that frown upon performing root canals when needed and would rather remove the tooth and insert an implant. There are those that support endodontic treatment only once, and when it comes to retreatment or apical surgery, opt, again, to have the tooth removed and an implant inserted.
Dr. Evan Lynn presents a cogent argument for when it may be in the patient’s best interest to have a tooth removed rather than be treated with endodontic therapy and conversely, when to retain a tooth that most of us would remove.
Evan is one of the few dual-trained endodontists also trained in periodontics and implantology. He offers his unique insights into the whys and wherefores of treating compromised teeth, supported by compelling research and literature.
This lecture is rich in content. It presents a biological approach for
treatment planning decisions that involve endodontically compromised
teeth. Dr. Lynn challenges us as to when to treat a tooth or when it would be better to remove the tooth in question, and insert an implant? But he doesn’t stop there. He asks pointed questions: Which implant? Which graft material? Do you need a membrane?
Decision trees will be offered that guide the Learner into how best to treat complex problems, giving step-by-step guidelines as to the predictability, cost, outcome, and risks for both modalities. In addition, this course also discusses surgical outcomes and reviews the clinician’s responsibility to understand and utilize current methods to preserve and augment bone, using new biological materials.
Course Objectives: After completing this course the participant should be able to:
- Provide more predictable outcomes and reduce patient risk treating endodontic disease or when to elect to remove a tooth
- Have a better understanding on how to predictably treat both modalities: endodontics versus implant placement
- Have realistic expectations for endodontic therapy, outcomes for post and cores, and the benefits of crown-lengthening and when to recommend a crown as the final restoration
- Better understand the clinical procedures necessary for successful implant placement including bone grafting and use of membranes