Americans More Afraid of Losing Teeth than Root Canals
In a survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontics, more people in the U.S. are afraid of losing their natural teeth than they are of getting a root canal or even catching the flu. Despite having rather severe flu seasons over the past few years, a slightly larger percentage of participants (74%) admitted that they would avoid having their teeth fall out than avoid experiencing the other two options (flu, 73%; root canal, 70%).
Moreover, research from previous studies suggested that patients are notably more anxious about root canal treatments than they are of getting a tooth extracted, or receiving a dental implant. Regardless, the AAE reports that approximately 89% of all patients who receive a root canal from an endodontist (vs. a general practitioner) are satisfied with the their treatment.