We spent the majority of our formative years in dentistry learning the value of teeth and how to restore them. Today's philosophy seems to be shifting to a model that any tooth with a questionable prognosis should be removed and replaced with a dental implant. However, implants are not the ideal solution. Peri-implantitis has become an increasingly important area of concern for periodontists, restorative dentists and patients alike. New treatment algorithms continue to emerge proving that this is a challenging issue to treat. Therefore, why not extend the life of the dentition with predictable therapy?
At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:
• Describe when a tooth has a hopeless prognosis.
• Identify what treatment options are available.
• Recall the rationale for the use of periodontal therapy.