CHICAGO - Everything changes over time. We've come a long way from the telephones of Alexander Graham Bell. We've come a long way from the calisthenics of the 1920s. We expect change and we welcome it - endodontics is no different. For Root Canal Awareness Week, March 27 - April 2, the American Association of Endodontists is releasing two new videos to get patients up-to-speed on the realities of modern root canal treatment.
"It's time that patients realize the once-dreaded root canal has come a long way," said AAE President Dr. Terryl A. Propper, a private practicing endodontist in Nashville, Tenn. "Advancements in training, equipment, technology and anesthesia make modern root canal treatment virtually painless."
Despite these advancements, 67 percent of Americans say fear of pain most concerns them about having root canal treatment, according to a recent AAE survey. However, endodontists the root canal specialists, are experts in pain management, experienced in complex diagnosis and treatment and maintain high levels of patient care to save natural teeth and support overall oral health.
"Even if your dentist does not recommend a root canal specialist, ask about the benefits of consulting one," said Dr. Propper. "Americans are taking more control of their health care, and that should include oral health. Patients who need root canal treatment should consider seeing an endodontist."
Root Canals Aren't What They Used to Be
Get Up to Speed on Today's Root Canal
For more information about the AAE and Root Canal Awareness Week, follow the AAE on Twitter at @savingyourteeth or search #rootcanal. To find an endodontist in your area, ask your general dentist for a referral, or use the Find an Endodontist feature at aae.org.
About the American Association of Endodontists
The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, represents more than 8,00 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of nine dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service. For more information about the AAE, visit the Association's website at aae.org.