Casual Conversation: Root Canals and Implants – Ep. 002
Root canals vs. implants! How far we have come since the days when inciting phrases sparked contrasting schools of thought that fueled debates of survival and success! Today, perhaps a more symbiotic and euphemistic relationship is relevant and the idea of “root canals and implants” in peaceful coexistence now governs the narrative.
Is this paradigm shift an accurate depiction of the current recommendations and positions of these treatment modalities, moreover a good representation of contemporary practices?
This episode dissects the unique relationship of saving natural teeth and considerations when endodontic treatment planning must bring in single or multiunit implant-supported prosthesis as viable replacement options when the natural dentition is lost. This session ties in the results of multiple systematic reviews indicating high survival rates for both the natural tooth and for the restored single‐tooth implant. Varying multidisciplinary viewpoints are discussed with an appreciation for the classic and recent literature highlights that underscore the dynamic of patient-centered practice models which advocate for saving one’s teeth. The discussion touches on AAE position papers and private practices, and balances a lively dialogue rooted in a friendly demeanor for easy listening — with anecdotes and laughter mixed in.
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Sonendo, Inc. is a privately-held company developing innovative technologies to transform dentistry by Saving Teeth Through Sound Science®. The GentleWave® System shows significant improvements in clinical efficacy and practice efficiency when compared to standard root canal treatment.1,2, 3 Sonendo is the parent company of TDO™ Software, the developer of the most widely used endodontic practice management software in the world, designed to simplify practice workflow. TDO software seamlessly integrates practice management, imaging, social media, referral reporting, CBCT imaging, and offers built-in communication with the GentleWave System.
1Sigurdsson A et al. (2016) J Endod. 42:1040-48. 2Molina B et al. (2015) J Endod. 41:1701-05. 3Trope M et al. (1999) J Endod. 25:345–50.Visit Website