Cost effectiveness of implants versus root canal treatment

Cross section of a dental implant

A new summary has just been added to the CRD Economic Evaluation Database (EED).  The review contains a structured abstract of the methods and findings of a cost-effectiveness study of conventional approaches vs implants in root canal treatment.

This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of available interventions to treat a maxillary incisor tooth with irreversible pulpitis damage, in men aged 35 to 85 years, in the UK.

The authors concluded that orthograde root canal treatment was cost-effective as first- and second-line choices; implants could be third choice.

It is unclear if the benefit assumptions were appropriate and what impact they had on the results. It is also unclear if the interventions were cost-effective, given the chosen measure of benefit.

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Douglas Badenoch

I am an information scientist with an interest in making knowledge from systematic research more accessible to people who need it. This means you. I've been attempting this in the area of Evidence-Based Health Care since 1995. So far the results have been mixed. For some reason we expected busy clinicians to search databases and appraise papers instead of seeing patients. We also expected publishers to make the research freely available to the people who paid for it.. Ha! Hence The National Elf service.

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