Endodontic Facts

  • More than 15 million root canals are performed every year
  • More than 41,000 root canals are performed each day
  • Endodontists perform 25 root canal treatments each week; general dentists perform fewer than 2
  • 45% of people have heard of a root canal specialist
  • Nearly half of people surveyed would prefer root canal treatment by a specialist
  • 89% of patients are satisfied after root canal treatment by an endodontist
  • Most people have strong, negative feelings about losing their teeth
  • Up to 15% of people in the U.S. avoid seeking dental care because of misconceptions and fears
  • 94% of dentists have positive or very positive perceptions of endodontists and the care they provide
  • General dentists refer about half of their root canal cases to an endodontist
  • 87% of general dentists say work performed by endodontists is worth the cost
  • 9 out of 10 dental educators would seek root canal treatment from an endodontist
  • 93% of dental educators believe that endodontists are an essential part of the dental health care team
  • 87% of dental educators consider endodontists a reliable and trustworthy resource in advanced dental technologies and leading-edge techniques in root canal treatment
  • There are 58 advanced specialty education programs in endodontics in the U.S. and Canada
  • 213 students graduated from an endodontic specialty program in 2016