Root Canals in Raleigh, NC

Removing infected tissue inside your tooth
Hearing that you need a root canal may cause you stress or anxiety. However, we want to assure you that root canal therapy at Tryon Family Dentistry has never been easier and more comfortable for our patients. This is because our doctors are both highly skilled, and our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that makes this procedure more efficient and relaxed for our patients. Root canals are usually reserved for cases that have severe tooth infections that did not get addressed early on. A cavity that does not get a tooth filling will grow and cause deeper infection and tooth decay. This prompts the need for a root canal. Here’s what you can expect if you need root canal therapy.


Root canal treatments are necessary to remove bacteria from an infected root canal. This ensures that your natural tooth is saved. During a root canal treatment, we will remove the pulp that is infected or inflamed to provide relief. The interior of your tooth will then be cleaned and filled. This should only be done by a reputable general dentist.


While many patients fear their root canal treatments, you can be sure that they will provide relief in the long run. Knowing how the treatment works could put your mind at ease.  The pulp can be found under the enamel and dentin, a hard layer. Pulp is a soft tissue made up of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. These components contribute to the development of your teeth. However, once your tooth is fully developed, it no longer requires this soft tissue. This pulp can get infected over time. During a root canal treatment, we will remove the infected pulp. When you rely on us for all your dental services, you can expect long-lasting results to provide permanent relief.

When Do I Need a Root Canal?

Root canals are often associated with pain because if you need one, it is likely that you are already experiencing discomfort. If your tooth becomes injured, decayed, fractured or traumatized, the pulp or nerve may become infected. When that happens, you will likely feel pain or a toothache. A root canal removes the infected tissue inside your tooth, which eliminates your infection, relieves your discomfort, and protects your natural tooth structure.


You could need a root canal for several reasons, such as:
  • Cracked or damaged tooth.
  • Deep cavity.
  • Problematic fillings.
The signs that you need root canal treatments are fairly obvious. Contact us if you experience the following symptoms:
  • Extreme pain and discomfort while chewing.
  • Damaged or cracked tooth.
  • Pimples on your gums.
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages that lingers.
  • Sensitive, darkened, or swollen gums.
  • Deep decay. 
We specialize in family dentistry to provide dental relief to people of all ages. Do not hesitate to contact us if you think you need reliable dentistry in Zebulon. 

Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?

Root canals are relatively painless! The pain you feel is from the tooth infection and decay. After a root canal treatment, you are almost immediately pain-free. At Tryon Family Dentistry, we begin with a CT scan, or 3-D imaging, if we suspect that your tooth is infected. This scan gives us the ability to see exactly where the canals are that house your nerve and we can plan your procedure ahead of time. We also use electric rotary endodontic tools. Instead of stainless steel, rotary tools are made of titanium. Titanium is more adaptable than stainless steel, and this allows us easier access to the inner canals of your tooth. Not only are they more efficient and comfortable, electric tools are also virtually silent, which helps put our patients at ease. Many patients experience anxiety about their dental treatment, especially procedures like root canals. Your comfort is our top priority, and if you feel anxious about your dental procedure, we also have options for dental sedation such as nitrous oxide to help you feel more comfortable and at ease throughout your treatment.


With advances in modern medicine and medical practices, root canal treatments do not need to be dreaded. This simple treatment can be completed in as little as two sessions, depending on the severity of the infection. If your pulp is infected or inflamed, root canal treatments can benefit you. You will no longer experience pain and discomfort while eating. You can restore your regular biting force and prevent additional damage to your other teeth. Best of all, you can maintain the natural appearance of your teeth. If you need a reliable general dentist in Raleigh, contact us. 

Avoiding Root Canal Therapy

It is our goal to help you avoid treatment like root canal therapy through routine cleanings and checkups. When you visit Tryon Family Dentistry every six months, we’ll be able to detect issues such as tooth decay and gum disease in their earliest stages. This allows you to be proactive and treat decay with procedures such as a filling, keeping it from progressing into your nerve and resulting in the need for a root canal.


There is no downtime required after your root canal treatment. You can return to your daily activities immediately after the treatment. We only recommend that you wait for the numbing to subside before eating anything. 


Are you searching for a general dentist in Raleigh with a good reputation? Look no further. At Tryon Family Dentistry, we take pride in offering exceptional dental services. If you need a root canal treatment, contact us as soon as possible so we can ease your pain and discomfort. We are well-known for professional dentistry in Zebulon, NC. Your search for a reliable general dentist is over!
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- Ashley K.
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“My dental assistant is Gloria, who is always super friendly, masterfully efficient and skilled, and amazing at answering all of my questions and anticipating anything out of the ordinary that Dr. Leo may need for his evaluation. Dr. Leo is my fabulous dentist who is also very friendly, skilled and efficient, takes whatever time is needed for my evaluation and questions, and provides honest assessment. He runs a high caliber business that has been consistently pleasant, remains way ahead of the technology, and the entire office is always extremely clean and bright. Highest regards and recommendations!”
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“I moved to Raleigh about one year ago due to work and decided to google a dental office near my apartment. I came upon Tryon Family Dentistry and because of the great reviews I decided to give it a shot. I’m so glad I went to this place because I LOVE it. Dr. Leo is great and is also very nice. Gloria usually does my teeth cleaning in which she is wonderful. She is nice, sweet and is always gentle. If you’re looking for a new dental office, give this place a chance and you will also come to love it!”
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“I had neglected my dental care for over 20 years due to fear of the whole process. I took a leap of faith and went to this office and I am so glad I did. They understood my situation and moved forward without making me feel bad. It was an 8 month marathon of dental work. I had fillings, cleanings, wisdom teeth removed, an extraction and a wonderful implant put in. I was a hard patient to work with and the whole crew was nice to me every step of the way. Years from now when I still have my teeth I’ll have this place to thank. They fixed me up now and destroyed my fear of the dentist office for the future.”
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