Root Canal Treatments Offer Lifelong Benefits

Root canal treatment can provide permanent relief from tooth pain and offers many lasting oral health benefits. When it comes to having dental work completed, it is important to select the treatment that will have the best effect on your long-term health. For example, studies have shown that having a root canal treatment performed will provide more permanent benefits than having the tooth removed and replaced with an implant or bridge. In fact, most dentists and endodontists agree that saving a natural tooth is always preferred over extraction.   Although some patients have reservations about undergoing root canal treatment for an infected tooth, it is important to understand the lifelong benefits this procedure provides. How Long Will the Tooth Last? One of the questions patients ask when they are considering root canal treatment is if the effects will be permanent and how long the tooth will last once treated. The good news is reports show that teeth treated by root canal therapy can up to a lifetime. Results depend upon the specific condition of each tooth, but in general patients can expect the tooth to function normally for decades or more. The reason root canal treatment is so effective is because [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:24:47+00:00February 2nd, 2016|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Root Canal Treatments Offer Lifelong Benefits

Teaching the Truth about Root Canals

Root canal treatments have developed a bad reputation which can be dispelled through careful patient education. For decades, people have shared common myths about the dangers and negative consequences of root canals. Because of this, root canal treatments have developed a bad reputation and can cause anxiety in many patients. However, these myths couldn’t be further from the truth! Root canal treatments are actually a very important and beneficial aspect of dental care and when done properly patients can expect to experience minimal to no discomfort during the process. Modern Root Canal Treatments are Pain-Free Myths about the painful process of having a root canal are unfortunately based on outdated practices.   In the early twentieth century, dental procedures were very different from modern practices today and might have been more painful. However, it is important to educate patients so they understand that modern dental practices have evolved significantly and patients should not worry about experiencing pain or discomfort.   A recent survey by the American Association of Endodontics revealed that 74 percent of Americans fear losing a natural tooth, yet 70 percent also fear having a root canal treatment which could save the tooth. This statistic clearly shows how important it [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:25:46+00:00August 18th, 2015|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on Teaching the Truth about Root Canals

How to Address Patient Anxiety about Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatments cause anxiety in the majority of Americans so it is important to take the proper steps to understand and address these concerns with your patients. Even with the innovative advances in dental health technology, many people still fear specialized dental procedures such as root canal treatments. In fact, according to the American Academy of Endodontists, 70% of Americans fear having a root canal done. This means dentists and endodontists have a huge opportunity to educate patients and provide helpful insight to relieve anxiety and fear. It is important to properly educate patients about root canal procedures because it will increase the percentage of people who seek and complete treatment and help them prevent further tooth damage and pain. In some instances, patients become so anxious about an upcoming root canal treatment that they may decide to postpone the procedure or cancel it completely. As a dentist or endodontist, there are many ways you can work with patients to assess their level of anxiety about a procedure and address their fears so they feel comfortable about the treatment. Pause and Ask When talking with patients about their dental health and necessary treatments, it is important to speak clearly [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:25:52+00:00July 21st, 2015|Professional Endodontics|Comments Off on How to Address Patient Anxiety about Root Canal Treatments
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