Year : 2017 | Volume
: 29 | Issue : 2 | Page : 89-
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University), New Delhi - 110 025, India
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Miglani S. Editorial.Endodontology 2017;29:89-89
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Miglani S. Editorial. Endodontology [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Dec 15 ];29:89-89
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The effectiveness of endodontic treatment is now well established. However, you will still find certain misinformation on internet questioning the safety of root canal treatments. In today's world, almost every patient does a Google search before undergoing any treatment and the same goes for root canal treatments. It is very important to let our patients know that there is no credible scientific evidence to prove that root canal treatment can cause cancer or any other systemic disease. You also have to explain them why is it important to save the natural tooth than going for an extraction followed by replacement. Some of the patients are also quite skeptical about the pain associated with endodontic treatments. We have to let them know that with modern techniques, the root canal treatments are quite safe, effective, and predictable.
I was going through the website of American Association of Endodontics and found an interesting piece. It is the “Information to share with patients concerned about the safety of root canal treatment.” It talks about a range of issues such as the possibility of getting a cancer after the randomized controlled trial (RCT), the success rates of RCT, and the importance of saving a natural tooth. It almost clarifies all the doubts which your patients will generally have and sort of clear their minds regarding all myths before the treatment. The information can be downloaded from http://www.aae.org/uploadedfiles/clinical_resources/rootcanalsafetytalkingpoints.pdf.
I recommend you to keep the copies of the same in your waiting room for the patients to read. Indian Endodontic Society can also play a vital role in spreading this information widely on internet and through other channels. I hope you will find this information useful and I will keep in touch with you on a variety of issues.