It’s the time of year to start thinking about root canals.
Not because there’s an increased need for them but because it’s Root Canal Awareness Week. It began Monday and will last until March 31.
According to some statistics, 63 percent of Americans want to avoid root canal treatment. Comparatively, 69 percent of Americans don’t want to lose a tooth and sometimes the only way to save a tooth is through root canal.
There’s a negative connotation associated with root canal treatment but it may be the best solution in many cases, combined with the fact that there won’t be a gap in your mouth if you get root canal treatment. Gaps could cause problems with eating and speaking, in addition to adversely affecting one’s smile.
There are about 56 percent of people that said that root canal treatment was the procedure that gave them the highest amount of nerves, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
That’s why this weeks exists, to raise the awareness of root canal treatment and explain that it’s not as bad as it sounds. The AAE is also making sure dental offices nationwide are packed with enough posters and information about the importance of root canal.