The Problems With "Wait and See" Endodontics
In the past, endodontic treatment was performed on very simple, selective and straightforward cas es – mostly anterior teeth and a few simple posteriors. Endodon tic surgical techniques were in
their infancy. Failing endodontically treated teeth were extracted, and retreatment was seldom attempted. Extraction of the tooth and replace ment with a bridge, if possible, was the norm. The standards for success ful endodontics varied widely. Universal criteria for endodontic suc cess did not exist. Clinicians, therefore, had few alternatives but to do the best they could under the circumstances and then “wait and see” if the treat ment rendered would ultimately prove successful.