Americans Fear Tooth Loss More Than Flu and Root Canals

Tooth extracting method. Real human tooth hanging on threadWould you rather have a tooth extracted and an implant placed as opposed to a root canal? Though people do fear losing a permanent tooth, they are more anxious about root canals than tooth extractions and implants. Root canals are a painless procedure that saves your natural tooth, which is always the best option. Though implants are a great option when there is no possibility of saving a tooth, having your natural tooth in place, even if it has had a root canal, should always be preferred. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting us at Mt. Juliet and Cookeville Endodontics

More Americans fear losing their teeth than getting the flu or root canals, according to a survey by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE).

Despite an especially bad flu season that has taxed hospital emergency rooms and led to public health emergencies, more survey respondents hoped to avoid losing a permanent tooth (74%) than getting the flu (73%), the AAE noted in a press release. Outdated concerns about endodontic treatment may have been an underlying factor; 70% of respondents said they want to avoid root canals, and 60% were more anxious about root canal treatment than getting an extraction (57%) or receiving dental implants (54%).

During annual Root Canal Awareness Week, March 17-23, the AAE wants to dispel myths surrounding endodontic treatment and is offering several free resources on its website for general dentists:

  • guide on treatment options for compromised teeth that includes case examples with radiographs of successful endodontic treatment in difficult cases, and encourages general dentists to assess all possible endodontic treatment options to save natural detention
  • case difficulty assessment and referral form that offers guidance to evaluate a patient’s condition and assess risk factors that may affect the outcome of treatment
  • newsletter highlighting clinical topics of interest to dentists who perform their own endodontic treatment and benefit from coverage of best practices and the latest advancements in the specialty
  • video explaining what an endodontist is and how specialists work with general dentists to provide good patient care; a good resource to show patients when a referral to a specialist is needed

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