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Root Canal Awareness Week spotlights endodontists

April 16, 2018 Image of root canal graphicThe American Association of Endodontists is thanking general dentists for referrals to mark its 12th Annual Root Canal Awareness Week, scheduled for May 6-12.

"Root Canal Awareness Week sends a powerful message about the valuable work that endodontists provide to our dental patients," said Dr. Garry L. Myers, American Association of Endodontists president, in a news release. "We want the public to feel more empowered to seek out a root canal specialist on their own to combat tooth pain — and we also would like to recognize the important referral relationship that exists between the general dentist and the endodontist. While endodontists are the root canal specialists, general dentists are also a valuable part of our 'legion,' and together we make a 'dynamic duo' when saving teeth."

To encourage collaboration between general dentists and endodontists, the American Association of Endodontists is offering no cost resources online, including an endodontic competency white paper; a case difficulty assessment form; a guide discussing treatment options for compromised teeth; and a webpage about root canal safety.

Dental professionals are encouraged to join the root canal conversation on social media by connecting with the American Association of Endodontists on Facebook and Twitter, using the #RCAW hashtag to spread the word. Visit to download Root Canal Awareness Week posters and logos and to learn more about the celebration.