Benton & Nelson DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canal Treatment

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You can find answers to some common questions below. Feel free to call us at (336) 760-1277 if you have a question that isn't listed here!

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal in Winston Salem

The fee for a root canal depends on the tooth that is being treated.  The cost ranges from $800-$1000.  As always, we will work with your dental insurance to get your maximum benefit and offer interest-free payments to ensure you can afford your treatment.  

Eliminate pain:

Root canals relieve toothache pain!

Remove harmful bacteria: 

Root canals remove painful and dangerous bacteria that have entered your body through your tooth.

Save your natural teeth: 

Root canals save your natural tooth by avoiding tooth removal.

Quick and painless: 

Root canals can be done quickly and painlessly.

A cheaper and faster alternative to implants and bridges: 

Root canals and subsequent dental crowns are often cheaper and faster than removal of tooth and replacement with a dental implant or dental bridge.

Heal long-standing infections: 

Root canals allow your body to heal chronic infections which can raise your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Please visit our page on root canals to learn more! 

Root canals can be stressful, but are sometimes necessary to stop pain and infection.  We make sure the procedure is comfortable for you using the following steps:

Most effective, pain-free, and up-to-date numbing techniques

During any treatment, Drs. Nelson and Benton pride themselves on using state-of-the-art techniques to deliver painless numbing. We utilize the latest and most effective techniques for anesthesia. In fact, most patients say that going to the dentist was never easier!

Calming nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

For patients with anxiety, nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” will help eliminate nervousness and promote a more calm, tranquil state of mind. 

Stress-free sedation dentistry

Dr. Nelson is one of the only general dentists in the Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad area who is trained and licensed in all forms of sedation dentistry. Patients are always given the option to choose dental sedation during their procedures to guarantee a stress-free experience. In fact, most patients say that going to the dentist was never easier and that they have no memory of the procedure at all!

Please visit our page on dental sedation to learn more! 

A root canal is a dental procedure where the dental nerve (located within the root of a tooth) is gently removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned to remove infection and eliminate pain.  

Careful Diagnosis

A root canal is only performed after careful diagnosis and examination of your tooth. Drs. Benton and Nelson will decide if root canal therapy is your best treatment option.

Painless Numbing Techniques

The tooth will be numbed with the most painless, effective, and up-to-date local anesthesia techniques. This will eliminate any tooth pain that you may be feeling and will allow the root canal therapy to take place comfortably. 

Removal of Any Existing Decay or Fractures

Any existing decay or fractures will be removed.

Gentle Cleaning and Rinsing  

When a tooth requires a root canal, the inner portion, the nerve, is infected with bacteria. These bacteria are the source of the pain and infection. The nerve chamber is thoroughly cleaned and the bacteria are removed with gentle instruments and rinsing.

Sealing Off of the Nerve Chamber to Prevent Future Infection  

The nerve chamber is sealed to prevent any additional bacterial growth. The root canal therapy is protected with a filling or crown to prevent any additional bacteria from your mouth entering the tooth.

Following Root Canal Treatment

You brush, floss and eat as normal with your restored tooth PAIN-FREE.


Pain or discomfort in a tooth from a deep cavity can be resolved with a root canal.


Infection can form in your teeth or jaw from a deep cavity or from a long-standing dental trauma.  A root canal will help to eliminate the infection to bring your mouth back to optimal health.  


Trauma to a tooth from a fall or accident can cause damage to the root of the tooth.  A root canal can treat the area by treating the damaged nerve.  

Call us at (336) 760-1277 to schedule your next appointment.
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