Tough cases don't have to mean extracted teeth. Many endodontic treatments can save the natural tooth for a lifetime! The AAE's Treatment Options for the Compromised Tooth: A Decision Guide helps you evaluate a variety of conditions using:
The updated, full-color Guide includes 13 new cases and more than 100 images demonstrating successful endodontic treatment in difficult clinical situations. Use the Guide to assess all possible endodontic treatment options before recommending extraction of the natural tooth, and consult with your endodontist partner to develop treatment plans that could save the natural dentition.
Download the NEW edition of Treatment Options for the Compromised Tooth: A Decision Guide (PDF File, 3 MB) or purchase copies from the AAE online store.
Under the American Dental Association’s Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, dentists should present all treatment options to their patients and communicate fully and truthfully. Exploring all treatment options and consulting with or referring to a specialist protects the patient’s health and welfare, as well as the dentist’s reputation. Read this Ethical Moment column in the JADA to understand the importance – to patient and practitioner – of following the principles of the ADA Code.
General dentists who have used the Guide find that it is a good reference. "This unique guide offers clinicians a systematic step-by-step approach to the clinical decision process for challenging endodontic cases. It should be a companion in everyone’s operatory,” said Dr. Yakir Arteaga, a general dentist in New York City. “It offers useful, workable, practical information and recommendations covering many aspects of endodontic care.”
"The Treatment Options Guide is great because it includes so many examples of successful endodontics and healing teeth," said Dr. Mark Mensh, a general dentist in Mays Landing, N.J. "It's a good reminder of how to work with my endodontist to save patients' natural teeth whenever possible, and it makes it easier to explain some of the more difficult cases to my patients."
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