Is it Still the Goal of Dentists to Save Teeth?
There was a time not too long ago when dentists had little choice but to do whatever they could to save a tooth. But with the appearance of implants in the mid-1980s, this philosophy changed as many teeth that might have been saved were extracted in favour of what was seen as a superior alternative.
Today, with a more thorough understanding of peri-implantitis and the limitations of implants, the pendulum has now swung somewhat back the other way.
Or has it?
Dr. Vinay Bhide, a Periodontist in the Greater Toronto Area, recently gave an online presentation to 2nd year dental students at U of T where he posed the question of whether or not it is still the goal of the dentist to save teeth.
In this conversation with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, Dr. Bhide lays out his argument for approaching every situation with the goal of trying to save the tooth, while also acknowledging that sometimes a tooth may not be worth saving. He also highlights what he considers to be the gold standard in regenerative techniques, and discusses the factors which influence his decision to save a tooth or not.
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Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team