Root Canal Awareness Week

During Root Canal Awareness Week, May 6-12, the AAE is celebrating endodontists, the superheroes of saving teeth. Tell us how an endodontist saved your smile. Share your story today!



Watch the Video Below to Learn What Makes Endodontists the Superheroes of Saving Teeth

Why Celebrate Root Canals?

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a superhero, here to save your tooth!

The beginning of a root canal procedure means the end of tooth pain. Scheduling a root canal with an endodontist, a specialist with advanced training, means you’ll be meeting with a superhero of saving teeth.

During a root canal procedure, an endodontist removes inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space. Afterward, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

Root Canal Awareness Week celebrates this tooth-saving procedure and the endodontists responsible for saving teeth. While general dentists know how perform root canals, endodontists spend two extra years in training focusing solely on endodontic procedures.

Starting to see how an endodontist is a superhero of saving teeth? There’s more to it than masks, capes and weapons against bacteria, however. With great power comes great responsibility: to change the way root canals are perceived so we can save even more teeth. This is where you — citizen, patient — come in. So join our legion and be an ambassador for restoring smiles everywhere.

Endodontists in the News

Endodontist Dr. Derek Peek uses Root Canal Awareness Week to dispel common myths about root canals.

Doctors at Commonwealth Endodontics in Virginia discuss the benefits of root canal treatment.

NYC endodontist Dr. Adam Harwood tells Newsweek why patients should see a specialist for root canal treatment.

Share Your Story

Everyone loves a good superhero story. Maybe you don’t need convincing that root canals are out of this world – maybe you’ve already met with a superhero of saving teeth.

If so, tell your tale and share your smile. Write to us for a chance to be a featured superhero story!

Root Canal Awareness Week Materials



Help the AAE celebrate Root Canal Awareness Week. Download a logo to use in your outreach.



Display in dental offices, schools, hospitals, community centers, and more to help spread the word.


Member Resources

AAE members can use the Member Planning Guide to promote Root Canal Awareness Week in their communities.

Saving Natural Teeth

Sometimes your teeth may have infection or disease and will need additional care. When possible, you should always consider treatments to save your teeth. You may think, why not have a tooth pulled, especially if no one can see it, but you will know your tooth is missing and it will negatively impact your quality of life and self-confidence.

What’s more, missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and lead to more problems down the road — and a lot more cost. Tooth extraction often is more painful than the infection itself, and replacing an extracted tooth with an artificial one requires additional dental visits that can quickly add up.

Modern endodontics offers advancements in technologies, procedures and materials, giving you many treatment options to save your natural teeth. It’s important to understand your choices and how they’ll impact both your tooth and your future dental health. It’s always best to retain your natural teeth whenever possible and endodontic treatment should be your first choice for the best health and cosmetic results. Endodontists are specialists in saving teeth. They can evaluate your condition and provide the best treatment plan to help you save your teeth for a lifetime.


Find an Endodontist

Never fear, an endodontist is near! Eager to meet a superhero of saving tooth? You have the power. It’s easy as a click of a mouse! Use our powerful Find an Endodontist search tool to find an endodontist in your area, and schedule an appointment with a superhero today!

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