Dr. Tony Porter, DDS
A Great Dentist

Root Canals

Many people have the perception that root canal treatment is one of life’s most uncomfortable experiences.

We can assure you that this perception is simply not true.

Root canals don’t cause pain – they relieve it. Understanding the facts about root canals will help reduce your anxiety as you anticipate your procedure.

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canals are an important treatment that addresses a serious problem involving the pulp of a tooth that has become infected. The pulp is a system of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues inside the tooth that helps the tooth maintain its vitality.

There are a number of reasons why you may develop an infected root canal: gum disease, tooth decay, complex dental problems, or traumatic tooth damage. If the pulp is severely damaged, we must perform a root canal to completely remove it, then fill and seal the canals to save the tooth.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

The biggest misconception about root canals is that treatment is painful. It just isn’t so. In fact, in the great majority of cases, having a root canal is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.

The sensation of pain is related to the infected root canal, not the procedure itself. The truth is that the procedure brings immediate relief to the intense pain that can result from an infected root canal.

The outer enamel surface of your tooth has no nerves, so it can’t really “feel” any sensations. But deep inside of the tooth lies a bundle of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue called the pulp. Sometimes, a crack that has developed in the tooth – or even a particularly deep cavity – allows bacteria to infect this soft tissue. That’s when you experience the sensation of pain.

How Can You Help Me Relax During Treatment?

We realize that telling you this may not be enough to overcome years of bad publicity that misconceptions about root canals have created. While they may not be warranted, we recognize that your concerns and anxiety about the procedure are very real.

We respect your feelings, and we have methods for helping you stay calm and get the relief you need. Our team always has your utmost comfort in mind. Having a procedure like a root canal is important, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you stay comfortable and the treatment goes smoothly.

Many of our patients get relief using our effective sedation options. Nitrous oxide can be very helpful for putting anxious feelings to rest. Oral sedation is another option that will help you feel calm and relaxed. We can also combine the two so you can drift off and forget what’s happening around you.

Call Today and Get the Help You Need

The thought of a root canal may seem somewhat intimidating, but we assure you that we’ve performed hundreds of stress-free root canals for our Winston-Salem patients. If you are in pain or suspect you need a root canal, please give us a call and we’ll make arrangements to see you as soon as possible.

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