Cost-effectiveness of molar endodontic retreatment compared with fixed partial dentures and single-tooth implant alternatives

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This study by Kim et al from March 2011  has had a summary prepared by the  Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)  at the University of York.

The CRD summary of the paper states:-

This study examined the cost-effectiveness of strategies for the management of a tooth after failed root canal treatment, including non-surgical or surgical re-treatment, or replacement with an implant-supported restoration or a fixed partial denture. The authors concluded that endodontic microsurgery was the most cost-effective strategy, followed by non-surgical re-treatment and restoration, then extraction with a fixed partial denture, and finally extraction with an implant-supported restoration. The study had some methodological limitations that might affect the validity of the authors’ conclusions.

Click here to read the full  CRD appraisal


Kim SG, Solomon C. Cost-effectiveness of endodontic molar retreatment compared with fixed partial dentures and single-tooth implant alternatives. J Endod. 2011 Mar;37(3):321-5. PubMed PMID: 21329815

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. He is a former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal, the chief blogger for the Dental Elf website and a past president of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry. He has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Retired from the NHS he is currently a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School.

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