HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - If you've had a root canal before, you may possibly say you don't need more awareness about the subject. But if you haven't, or are worried that you may need one, Root Canal Awareness Week was made precisely for you.
Root Canal Awareness Week runs from March 30 to April 5, and is a national effort to raise awareness of endodontists so patients and general dentists know to contact a specialist when a root canal is needed.
According to the American Association of Endodontists, millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal treatment. Root canals are necessary when the pulp, a soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected.
Left untreated, pain or abscesses can develop. Root canals remove the inflamed or infected pulp and the inner area of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and then re-sealed.
The AAE says that modern-day root canal treatment is similar to having a filling and can be completed in 1-2 appointments, depending on the condition of the tooth.
For more information about the procedure and treatment options, visit this page explaining more about root canals.