The current generation of movie-watchers has a broad selection of superhero films from which to choose. But there is one type of superhero who walks among us … doing his or her job … whom we might not recognize, even when they are hard at work.
This secret superhero is your friendly local endodontist, and during Root Canal Awareness Week, slated for May 7-13 this year, these “caped crusaders” explain their role in saving your natural teeth through root canals and other procedures. Here are a few facts about these dental superheroes and the important work they do.
Fast Facts About Endodontists and Root Canals
- Root canals aren’t what they used to be – they’re better! Many root canal myths, including that the procedure is painful or dangerous, are based on half-truths from generations past. Today’s root canals offer relief from pain and are often the most effective way to save an injured or infected natural tooth.
- Endodontists are specialists in performing root canals. More than 15 million root canals are performed each year, and endodontists perform an average of 25 per week – as specialists, root canals are their primary practice focus.
- Endodontists are leaders in dental pain management and the diagnosis of oral pain. The extra years of study that endodontists undertake after dental school enables them to quickly diagnose the causes of dental pain, including tooth abscesses, cracked or broken teeth, or dislodged teeth. If a root canal or other endodontic procedure is the appropriate treatment for your tooth pain, they have advanced skills and surgical equipment to ensure a low-discomfort experience.
“We share information about how we save natural teeth with our patients during Root Canal Awareness Week so they realize the many benefits of endodontic treatment,” says Dr. Susan L. Wood, who practices with the Phoenix Endodontic Group. “We don’t see ourselves as superheroes, but what endodontic treatment can achieve for our clients is pretty amazing.”