Root Canal Awareness Week begins on March 27th and continues on until April 2nd. Root Canal Awareness Week, established by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), was created to educate the public about misconceptions about root canal treatments and the true benefits of this virtually painless procedure. Root canal treatment saves more than 16 million natural teeth each year!

Root Canals

Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth, endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes; deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp or inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Common Endodontic Symptoms

Patients may need endodontic treatment, including root canals, if they experience any of the following symptoms:

  • prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold
  • tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing
  • facial or oral swelling