Know When to Refer Patients to a Specialist with this Simple AAE Assessment Tool

The American Association of Endodontics has published a convenient Case Difficulty Assessment Form to help dentists better evaluate the need for specialist referrals in various cases. When is the right time to refer a dental patient to an endodontist? As a dentist, it is important to establish a strong practice with a reputation for offering the highest level of patient care. Rather than taking on any and all cases, sometimes providing the best care means knowing when to partner with another dental specialist. By doing this, you can cultivate a more collaborative care environment and your patients will have confidence knowing you always put their needs first. What Case Factors Warrant a Referral? Knowing which cases to refer to a specialist depends on a variety factors. To address this, the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) has published an Endodontic Case Difficulty Assessment Form that can help practitioners more easily evaluate the needs of more complicated cases and determine whether they have the experience and capability to successfully treat that patient. Some of the considerations the AAE encourages dentists to take into account when evaluating a case include: Inclination or rotation of the tooth: Extreme inclination or rotation of the tooth [...]