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Treatment planning for diseased teeth is a complex endeavor. Thorough dental history of the patient, clinical testing, and radiographic examination are all required to make an accurate diagnosis prior to treatment planning. The process that follows in choosing the best path for treatment is exhaustive and meticulous, and is benefited by the expertise of an endodontist. By partnering with an endodontist, dental practices can ease their workload and reassure patients that their oral health is the most important thing.
The Treatment Planning Process
When creating a treatment plan for a tooth affected by post-treatment disease, endodontists essentially have four avenues to consider: do nothing, extraction, non-surgical retreatment, and surgical treatment. Doing nothing is generally not the best choice because by avoiding the problem, the patient is allowing for the progression of disease and further destruction to supporting tissue. Extraction and implantation is a viable option in some cases, but dental implants are rarely equivalent in functionality to the natural tooth and have their own complications. On the other hand, extraction without tooth replacement often causes uncomfortable alterations in the dentition and supporting tissues, as well as possible decrease of masticatory function. The two most favorable options for treating a diseased tooth are non-surgical and surgical treatment. However, deciding between the two is where the process becomes complicated.
To develop the best treatment plan for a patient, we ask a series of questions about the individual case, beginning with: is retention of the natural tooth in the patient’s best interest? If the answer is yes, then extraction and inaction can be ruled out. We then examine the strength of the tissue surrounding the tooth and the remaining tooth structure to choose the best route to restoration without affecting functionality and comfort. Patient factors also play a critical role in the decision making process. For example, is the patient healthy enough to tolerate certain treatment options? Does the patient smoke or have diabetes?
When retention of the natural tooth is the selected treatment method, most clinicians will refer the patient to an endodontist. In fact, most clinicians will agree that endodontists are better equipped in deciding whether the tooth is restorable to begin with. At Professional Endodontics, our staff is expertly trained to make difficult treatment planning decisions and provide highly specialized procedures needed to retain the tooth. So, contact us at Professional Endodontics to have a conversation about building a partnership.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes with treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics now offers three state-of-the art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and a fully renovated Southfield location in the Comerica Tower. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental deliver systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034