Determining whether to treat or extract a tooth is one of the more complex decisions that a practitioner must make. It is a test of the teamís knowledge and of the ability to reach the ultimate goal of an esthetic and functional restoration that will last for years to come. All of this must be done with the patientís emotional and financial status taken into account. This session will focus on the latest aspects of what we should or should not do with periodontally compromised teeth and how best to treat this area with a multidisciplinary approach. Participants will learn when to remove a tooth and place an implant or a pontic; when to save a tooth that needs periodontal and/or endodontic treatment; and the latest techniques in socket preservation when extraction is indicated.
Dennis P. Tarnow, DDS, is currently a clinical professor of periodontology and director of implant education at Columbia School of Dental Medicine. He is a former professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry at New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry. Dr Tarnow has a certificate in periodontics and prosthodontics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a recipient of the Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology and Teacher of the Year Award from NYU. Dr Tarnow maintains a private practice in New York City and has been honored with a wing named after him at NYU College of Dentistry. He lectures internationally and has published over 100 articles on perioprosthodontics and implant dentistry and coauthored three textbooks, including one titled Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry: Principles and Practice (Montage Media, 2008).
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