Dentists balk at referring implant patients to endodonists
When it comes to referring patients for dental implants, the majority of general dentists say they would not choose an endodontist, according to a new survey in the Journal of Endodontics. Among 366 general dentists who responded to a survey sent to 1,500 randomly selected practicing general dentists in the U.S., 66 percent said they were opposed to endodontists placing dental implants, and as many as 73 percent indicated that they would not refer patients to an endodontist for implant placement. The survey was part of an ongoing effort to better understand thoughts in the profession on the role of endodontists in implant placement, said co-author Michelle McQuistan, DDS, of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
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