GNYDM 2011 - Endo vs. Implants

November 27, 2011

During the first day of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Dr. Frank C. Setzer, Faculty, Endodontics, University of Pennsylvania, presented a wealth of information designed to help clinicians decide which cases are best to treat endodontically and which ones should be handled with an extraction and a subsequent implant.

During the first day of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, Dr. Frank C. Setzer, Faculty, Endodontics, University of Pennsylvania, presented a wealth of information designed to help clinicians decide which cases are best to treat endodontically and which ones should be handled with an extraction and a subsequent implant.

Dr. Setzer reviewed evidence-based research on long-term success and survival of both implants and endodontically treated teeth and explained how to use various studies to help determine the best treatment decisions.

The presentation showed just how far endo care has come over the years with modern techniques and developments such as apex locators, microscopes, ultrasonics and CBCT imaging.

When researching cases, Dr. Setzer said "success" and "survival" are not the same, and added that when modern endodontic techniques are used, the studies indicate very similar success rates when comparing implants to endodontic treatment, noting that both options provide optimal results for patients. He added that dentists looking to hone their endo skills should use the American Academy of Endodontics as a resource.