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Dental Implant Resources

The introduction of implants to dentistry has generated much discussion among dentists and the public. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for prosthetic teeth. Several factors, including tooth location, quality of supporting bone, periodontal status, restorability, and systemic factors weigh heavily on the decision to treat a tooth with root canal treatment or to extract and replace the tooth with an implant.

The following conclusions are from the AAE’s Position Statement on Implants:
  • Clinical treatment decisions regarding endodontic or implant therapy must always be made in the best interest of the patient.
  • These treatment decisions should always be based on the best, most current evidence.
  • Practitioners are ethically bound to inform patients of all reasonable treatment options.
  • The standard of care must be applied equally to all practitioners, generalist and specialist alike. Due consideration should be given in regard to patient referral for the evaluation and/or advice of endodontists, who are specialists in saving the natural teeth.
  • Endodontic treatment is the most predictable procedure when the clinician accomplishes correct diagnosis, appropriate treatment planning, thorough instrumentation, complete obturation with coronal restoration, and compassionate and effective care.

View the full Position Statement on Implants and read the Spring 2015 issue of ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence, Treatment Planning: Retention of the Natural Dentition and the Replacement of Missing Teeth.


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Journal Articles

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Endodontics developed a literature-based study guide of topical areas related to endodontics. This study guide is intended to give the reader a focused review of the essential endodontic literature and does not cite all possible articles related to each topic.

The Success and Failure in Endodontics section will review success and failure related to nonsurgical endodontic therapy, nonsurgical endodontic retreatment, and periradicular surgical treatment.

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