Private Practice, Seattle, WA, USA
Affiliate Assistant professor, Graduate Prosthodontics, University of Washington School of Dentistry  
4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 30, 2017
International Academy of Endodontics, Annual Meeting
The Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
“Treatment Planning: Restoration vs. Removal"
One of the most challenging situations often encountered by dentists is: Can a tooth be predictably restored or should it be removed? Given the high success rate of dental implants reported in the literature, it is not uncommon for questionable teeth that “could” be restored, to instead be removed in favor of implants. It must be remembered though that osseointegration rates are merely one factor that needs to be considered for successful treatment, the esthetic impact of removing teeth must also be considered. This presentation will discuss the factors that must be evaluated to determine when teeth can predictably be saved, as well as the different treatment modalities that may be utilized. To help aid in this treatment planning process, a systematic approach will be followed that comprehensively looks at Esthetic, Functional, Structural, and Biologic issues relevant to the situation.
Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the key structural areas to evaluate when deciding to save or extract
  2. The esthetic benefits of maintaining teeth vs. extraction
  3. Discuss the current treatment modalities that can be utilized to aid in saving teeth