A Concise Guide to Endodontic Procedures PDF
Millions of teeth are extracted every year and most dentists are doing everything possible to save teeth. But many patients feel that having a painful tooth extracted is the most economical way to solve their problem. It is not economical for the patient if they subsequently decide that they need to replace the tooth [ 1 ]. Patients need to be told that if root canal treatment and restoration can be used to save the tooth and that getting the treatment is preferable over the long term to maintain their quality of life and ability to chew food [ 2 ]. Root canal treatment is not always the appropriate solution for every painful tooth [ 3 ]. When a tooth can be saved by root canal treatment, the 10-year success rate for healed teeth can vary between 73 and 90 % [ 3 , 4 ]. Teeth are healed after endodontic treatment if they do not have clinical or radiograph symptoms of disease [ 5 ]. The information that you need to give patients is summarized as:
1. P rosthetic teeth in a denture or bridge do not allow patients to chew food as effectively as natural teeth.
2. I nsurance plans often cover the cost of endodontic treatment, but not dental implants.
3. P ostoperative pain after having teeth extracted is commonly much more severe for a patient than if they had been given a root canal treatment.
4. E xpensive dental implants, denture, or a bridge can be avoided and root canal treatments often require fewer visits to a dental office.
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