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Volume 31 , Issue 1
January/February 2011

Pages 29-37

Save the Natural Tooth or Place an Implant? Three Periodontal Decisional Criteria to Perform a Correct Therapy

Giano Ricci, MD, DDS, MScD/Andrea Ricci, DDS/Caterina Ricci, DDS

PMID: 21365024
DOI: 10.11607/prd.00.0963

To perform advanced periodontal therapy to save a natural tooth or to extract it and place an implant—which is best? Several considerations need to be made to make the proper decision. Endodontic conditions, proper reconstruction of a devitalized tooth, and the possibility of correct prosthetic treatment are all factors to be considered. From a strictly periodontal point of view, in the presence of a stable, vital, intact, periodontally involved, single-rooted tooth, a few fundamental criteria need to be considered to make the proper decision. These criteria will be discussed through analysis of therapy outcomes over a period of at least 10 years. (Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 2011;31:29–37.)

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