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Save or Extract and Implants; Modern Clinical Dilemma

CE Credits: 2.0 Hour(s)
Intended Audience: Dentists, Specialists, Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Dental Students
Date Course Online: November 13 , 2020
Last Revision Date: N/A
Course Expiration Date: November 13, 2023
Cost: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $50.00
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $37.50
Military, $37.50
Method: Self-instructed
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Course Description

Modern clinical practice requires dentists to be familiar with new development in materials, instruments and procedures to guide their patients to the right path to enjoy esthetics and function of dentition through their lives. Two fundamental clinical dilemma facing dentists today is “save the teeth thru endodontics or extract them and replace with implants”. Correct answer is not easy. All depends on which angle you are looking at, from implant or endodontics. Regardless there has to be a common agreement between dentists what is right thing to do. In this context many dentists are not aware of tremendous advancement in Endodontics and but Implants past decades. In this lecture I will try to develop a consensus what to save and what to extract and replace with implants. It is utmost important for dentists to be educated the pros- and cons- of the both fields and such that they can guide their patients to the right path. This is ultimate responsibility of being a good dentist.

Learning Objectives

  • Pros and Cons of both treatment modalities.
  • Selection of the best Treatment modality at the given circumstances.


Syngcuk Kim, DDS, PhD is well known and respected for his research in dental pulp physiology and microcirculationrunning the Pulp Biology Laboratory when he was a faculty member at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. When he joined the Dental School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 as chairman of the Department of Endodontics, Dr. Kim not only brought the department into the “New Age “ using the Microscope in endodontics, but also established the Microscope Training Center at the School. Since its inception, over 1000 leaders in endodontic education and clinical practitioners from the USA, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia have been trained at the Center. It is the longest running University based continuation program in the world. He also changed old fashioned endodontic surgery to modern microsurgery by developing a series of microinstruments for the field and writing a textbook entitled,“Color Atlas of Microsurgery in Endodontics” published in 2000 by the Saunders Co.

Extensive speaking engagements take Dr. Kim to universities, conferences, study clubs, and professional associations in the US and abroad. Dr. Kim has published over seventy articles in peer review journals. He has also served as Guest Editor in the Dental Clinics of North America series, published in July 1997 and 2004 and he is co-author of a text book in endodontics entitled “Endodontology, a Color Atlas of Dental Medicine”, Thieme Co., Germany 2000. This text book has been translated to 14 languages. His current research interest is evaluation of various dental materials using stem-cell lines.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 2.0 continuing education credits.

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