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Updated AAE guide helps dentists plan treatments with eye on saving patients’ natural teeth

August 07, 2014

By Jean Williams

An updated version of “Treatment Options for the Compromised Tooth: A Decision Guide,” a publication of the American Association of Endodontists, is available as a free download to dentists.

The guide encourages dentists to strive to save patients’ natural teeth by assessing all possible endodontic treatment options before recommending extraction. The full-color, revised clinical resource includes 13 new cases and more than 100 images that demonstrate successful endodontic treatment in difficult clinical situations.

"The longer term challenges of tooth loss and replacement are becoming more and more apparent,” said AAE President Dr. Robert Roda. “The AAE's revised Treatment Options guide is a critical resource for the clinical practitioner who wants to save the natural tooth.”

The guide helps dentists evaluate a variety of conditions using case examples with radiographs and clinical photographs, clinical considerations, and guidance for successful outcomes based on prognosis. It also aims to increase collaboration between general dentists and endodontists to work as partners to develop treatment plans to save natural teeth.

A print copy of the guide may be purchased from the AAE website at

For more information about the AAE, visit the Association's website at