Video Educates Patients About Imaging’s Role in Root Canals

Dentistry Today


A new video released by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) helps patients understand how advanced imaging greatly enhances an endodontist’s ability to diagnose, evaluate, treat, and care for them, the organization reports. The AAE released the video to kick off the 12th annual celebration of Root Canal Awareness Week, May 6-12, and educate the public about the benefits of modern treatment and the role of endodontists as specialists.

In a recent AAE survey, 48% of respondents said they would make an appointment to see their dentists if they experienced tooth pain. About half said that if they were to feel tooth pain, they would only wait between two and six days to seek treatment. Another 23% said they would seek treatment that same day. According to the AAE, then, most people wish to resolve tooth pain very quickly, which is what endodontists are trained to do.

“Endodontists have at least two extra years of specialized training in root canal procedures and are better equipped to handle the intricacies of different cases and potential complications that can occur,” said AAE president Patrick E. Taylor, DDS, MS. “In addition to using the most sophisticated technology, endodontists prioritize patient comfort, ensuring root canal procedures are virtually painless.”

To celebrate Root Canal Awareness Week with the public, the AAE has teamed up with more than two dozen endodontic practices, supplying them with “superhero kits” filled with capes, t-shirts, hot-cold packs, and more to give to patients and staff. The AAE is showcasing these efforts on its website and social media channels. Also, the AAE is encouraging patients to share their root canal success stories and promote the value of saving natural teeth.

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