Americans fear losing teeth more than getting flu or root canal

More Americans fear losing their natural tooth than getting the flu, according to a survey conducted this year by the American Association of Endodontists.

Feb 14th, 2013 editor Lauren Burns sat down with the vice president of the American Association of Endodontists to talk about why Root Canal Awareness Week was started and what the AAE hopes to achieve through this special week

More Americans fear losing their natural tooth than getting the flu, according to a survey conducted this year by the American Association of Endodontists. Despite an especially bad flu season that taxed hospital emergency rooms nationwide and led some cities to declare a public health emergency, more survey respondents hoped to avoid losing a permanent tooth (74%) than get the flu (73%). Outdated concerns about root canal treatment may have been an underlying factor — 70% of respondents say they want to avoid getting a root canal, and 60% were more anxious about root canal treatment than getting a tooth pulled (57%), or receiving a dental implant (54%).

During its seventh annual Root Canal Awareness Week, March 17-23, 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.

“94% of general practitioners agree that endodontists are partners in delivering quality dental care,” said AAE President Dr. James C. Kulild. “By working together, general dentists and endodontists can treat patients comfortably and save their natural teeth”

Endodontists’ enhanced training, combined with high levels of expertise, use of cutting-edge technology, and impressive success rates are the main reasons patients trust dental specialists, according to the AAE survey. By partnering with endodontists, general dentists can help patients feel less anxious while delivering the highest quality of care. In fact, 89% of patients report being satisfied after root canal treatment by an endodontist.

To encourage collaboration between general dentists and endodontists, the AAE has several free resources available for download. Visit their website.

By using these tools during Root Canal Awareness Week and throughout the year, general dentists ensure they are developing the best treatment plans to save natural teeth and keep patients satisfied. Additional clinical resources are available here.

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About the American Association of Endodontists
The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., represents more than 7,500 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.

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