Fewer Americans Fear Root Canals

rootfilesRoot canals can save natural teeth, which is what you should always strive for. The good news is that fewer people are apprehensive about root canals than they were in the past. Technological advances along with better local anesthetics can make getting a root canal a completely pain free experience. Thanks for visiting us at Mt. Juliet and Cookeville Endodontics.

Fewer Americans fear root canal treatment, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists. Just over half of those surveyed, 54 percent, said root canals make them apprehensive, down from 60 percent in 2013 — the lowest numbers reported since the AAE began its annual survey in 2011.

In addition, more than three-quarters of Americans, 76 percent, say they would want to avoid losing a permanent tooth, something root canal treatment can help prevent.

During its eighth annual Root Canal Awareness Week, to be held March 30 to April 5, the AAE wants to dispel myths surrounding root canal treatment and encourage general dentists to involve endodontists in case assessment and treatment planning to save patients’ natural teeth.

“Endodontists and general dentists enjoy strong working relationships,” said AAE President Dr. Gary R. Hartwell. “Together we provide patients with comfortable treatment and positive experiences resulting in high-quality care and optimal outcomes to help them save their natural teeth.”

A recent AAE study found that 94 percent of general practitioners have a positive or very positive perception of endodontists, and the same percentage agree that endodontists are partners in delivering quality dental care.

By partnering with endodontists, general dentists can help patients feel less anxious while delivering the highest quality of care, according to the AAE. In fact, the AAE says, 89 percent of patients report being satisfied after root canal treatment by an endodontist.

“Thanks to advancements like modern anesthesia, digital imaging and operating microscopes, today’s root canal treatments are often quick and painless,” said Hartwell. “The root canal doesn’t deserve its bad reputation. Millions of root canal treatments are performed successfully every year, saving natural teeth and helping patients keep their smiles.”

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