Decision-Making for the Compromised Tooth: Retain or Replace?

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Helping patients maintain their dentition is a fundamental goal of dentistry. A wide range of endodontic procedures result in a high level of tooth retention and patient satisfaction. The results of multiple studies indicate that survival rates for the natural tooth are similar to those reported for the restored single-tooth implant. Therefore, clinicians must consider additional factors when making treatment decisions for the compromised tooth, all of which must be in the best interest of the patient. Patient-centered outcomes including potential complications of each option will be discussed. The information provided in this presentation should be useful for endodontists in their communication with patients and colleagues when discussing retention of the natural dentition and the replacement of missing teeth.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the reported survival rates of initial nonsurgical root canal treatment, retreatment and microsurgery. Compare these rates to those reported for single-tooth implants.
  • List factors that influence the decision-making process when treatment planning for endodontic treatment and single-tooth implants.
  • Review potential complications associated with each treatment modality.


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2.00 CE credits  |  Certificate available
2.00 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Scott L. Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.

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Dr. Scott L. Doyle received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995 and his D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1999. He served in the United States Air Force for 7 years, including an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. Dr. Doyle obtained both his M.S. and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He currently practices with Metropolitan Endodontics and serves as an Associate Clinical Professor for the Division of Endodontics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Doyle is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He is a Past President of the Minnesota Association of Endodontists and serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Endodontics. Dr. Doyle has authored multiple articles in scientific journals, as well as a textbook chapter on “The Endodontic Applications of CBCT.”

Scott L.. Doyle, D.D.S., M.S.

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