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ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

To Treat or Extract? Factors to Consider for Tooth Retention with Root Canal Therapy

Categories: Implant Dentistry

Author(s): Dr. Nishan Odabashian

Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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To Treat or Extract? Factors to Consider for Tooth Retention with Root Canal Therapy

Educational Objectives

Learning Objectives
After completing this webinar, participants will:
»      Identify the determining factors that would improve the outcome for a tooth to be saved
»      Determine if a tooth should be saved using endodontic procedures or extracted and replaced with an implant
»      Assess and implement ways that would increase the likelihood of long term tooth retention when performing root canal treatment


Implants have changed the way patients deal with edentulism, missing teeth, and teeth that have poor to hopeless prognosis. Unfortunately, implants have more recently been seen as a substitute for teeth that are salvageable with the right treatment approach. This has specially come to light as more and more implant failures have been observed in the past 5-10 years. Implants have also forced endodontists to more critically self evaluate and determine what can be improved in performing root canal treatment in order for endodontic teeth to have an overall better long term outcome.

This presentation reviews factors that would determine whether a tooth should have endodontic treatment/retreatment or be extracted and replaced with an implant. Dr. Odabashian will discuss patient, tooth and other appropriate questions that should be asked and answered in determining whether a tooth should be kept or extracted. Finally, Dr. Odabashian will go over the lessons learned from 30 years of practice which include 10 years of general and restorative dentistry and 20 years of endodontic practice

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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