By providing emergency dental treatment, we have the power to keep patients away from our overcrowded emergency rooms. But if we choose to oﬀer this service, we have to be smart.
In the first installment of this two-part series, I discussed the value of estimating root length and offered insight into some unrecognized challenges that may affect case selection. But once cases are selected, the skill of establishing radiographic estimates continues to carry forward to clinical treatment.
Implants are replacements for teeth—they are not teeth. This might sound obvious, but it’s a simple reality implant surgeons must remember, as there are key differences between natural teeth and implants that must be observed. This simple yet complex arrangement is very strong, and is nourished by an abundant blood supply coming from the periodontal ligament and periosteum.
Three key rules to consider for whole face beautification and optimal long-term results. Despite being a cosmetic surgeon focused on injectable based treatments, I have come to appreciate the importance of a beautiful smile and the role it plays in facial esthetics. The lips are an important esthetic subunit in repose, but the smile in animation is equally, if not more, important.
Using digital radiography to estimate pre-operative root lengths can help clinicians better evaluate endodontic cases. An estimate is nothing more than a prediction. It is an approximation or projection of something based on experience and/or available information, with the understanding that all the facts remain uncertain. Depending on the content, an estimate can be leveraged to address multiple goals. In the context of endodontics, that leverage comes in the form of digital radiography.