Program 11 To Pull or Not to Pull: Periapical Surgery vs. Implant Surgery
Dr. Daniel Pompa 3 CEUs/Clinical
Sponsored in part by Colgate
What alternative treatment options should be considered when a restorative and/or endodontic failure occurs? Periapical surgery as an adjunct to endodontic treatment is a proven approach. With the introduction of new surgical techniques and a systematic method to the diagnosis and treatment of compromised teeth, the clinician should be able to more accurately determine the long-term prognosis for these treatment options.
Evaluate treatment options with an evidence-based approach when a tooth is ailing or failing. With a specific 7-step workup, including a correct history, radiographic and clinical evaluation, the decision to perform an apicoectomy will be weighed against further evaluation, a re-treatment option, or extraction and replacement with an implant (immediate or delayed). As a result, a decision is more accurately made as to whether an implant or a fixed bridge (fixed partial prosthesis), a removable prosthesis (fixed or transitional temporary prosthesis), or other options would be the final treatment plan discussed with the patient.