Clinicians often face the decision of whether to endodontically treat and retain a questionable tooth or extract it and potentially replace it with a dental implant. Either way, the clinician must discern the best course of treatment when evaluating clinical options.
In this issue of Compendium, we discuss both options. Our continuing education articles provide thorough overviews on the topic of endodontics. In the first CE, the authors examine mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA), a material that has become vital in endodontic dentistry. They outline the various clinical applications of MTA, highlighting how endodontic procedures have greatly benefitted from its availability. The other CE discusses root canal irrigation, a necessary complement to instrumentation in facilitating the removal of pulp tissue.
With the focus in implantology today on the need for highly esthetic results, increased width and thickness of keratinized mucosa around dental implants is critical for achieving long-term success, especially in the anterior. The author describes various methods of implant uncovering that emphasize enhancement of keratinized mucosa.
To round out this issue, we feature case reports on treating gingival recession defects, the use of segmented treatment for severe attrition, and employing “vonlays” as a conservative esthetic restoration. Our Special Report covers handpieces and burs.
In today’s dentistry, the clinician has many treatment options. It is incumbent upon us all to learn as much as we can about the possibilities available in order to best serve our patients. Please visit Compendium online at www.compendiumlive.com.
Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD