A new campaign has been launched to inform people their teeth can be saved using emergency dentistry.
The recent Adult Dental Survey revealed that two million teeth were removed as part of medical treatment last year, but experts have argued patients may not have been aware that emergency dentistry could have saved their smile.
Harley Street Centre for Endodontics has launched the Saving Teeth campaign which aims to inform people of dental procedures that could protect teeth and help them avoid having them removed.
Root canal treatment is said to be one of the most effective methods used by dentists to remove a tooth. However, research has shown people tend to avoid this treatment due to the pain it causes.
Psychology Professor Tim Newton claims feeling nervous may deter people from having necessary treatment which will work out more effectively in the long term.
He said: "When they do attend often make decisions which they might not make if they were less anxious – for example to have teeth extracted rather than to attend more appointments to repair their teeth."