Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Dispelling the Myths about Root Canal Therapy By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on August 09, 2014

Elderly woman with healthy teeth, which is what patients can expect after pain-free root canal therapyAsk any experienced restorative dentist what the most misunderstood procedure in all of dentistry is, and there is a good chance that he or she will respond, “root canal therapy.” For as long as the procedure has existed, root canal therapy has been the brunt of jokes and the subject of a lot of misunderstanding. In fact, to this day, many people use the term “root canal” as a way of describing how painful and excruciating something else is.  “That meeting was about as much fun as a root canal.” “Do my taxes? I’d rather have a root canal!” “If I had a choice between driving in rush-hour traffic and having a root canal…it’d be a draw.”

Although we love a good joke as much as anyone else, our purpose here today is to reveal the truth about modern root canal therapy: it doesn’t hurt. In fact, at the practice of Charles A. Porter III, D.D.S., in Charlotte, root canal therapy is a comfortable procedure that actually alleviates far more pain than it causes. That has actually always been the case with root canal therapy, but in modern times, it has developed into one of the safest, most pain-free surgeries a person can undergo.

What a Root Canal Actually Is

Contrary to what many believe, a root canal is not a procedure, but rather an anatomical structure.  Between one and four root canals are located in each tooth. The root canal is a chamber that contains a pulp comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. This dental pulp is essential to the health of the tooth, as it contains vital nutrients. When the pulp becomes infected or otherwise damaged, the result is usually pain and the decomposition of the tooth. If not treated, the tooth will eventually die.

Root canal therapy involves the removal of the damaged pulp and subsequent cleaning of the root canal. The tooth is then sealed with a filling or natural-looking, custom-crafted dental crown. Ultimately, root canal therapy eliminates pain and allows as much of the natural tooth’s structure as possible to be preserved, which is always preferable to extraction.

Especially when performed by an experienced dentist with the gentle hands of Dr. Porter, root canal therapy offers a wealth of benefits with very few potential risks. Even so, patients who are anxious about undergoing the procedure are welcome to take advantage of the option of sedation dentistry, which allows them to drift through a state of deep relaxation, oblivious to the work that’s being done on their mouths. Even the most anxious of patients can benefit from the treatment they so desperately need without experiencing any of the sights, sounds, and smells commonly associated with the dental experience.

Learn More about Root Canal Therapy

If you are experiencing tooth pain, don’t wait another minute to seek help. At the practice of Charles A. Porter III, D.D.S., we can relieve your pain and restore your oral health. To learn more about root canal therapy or schedule your appointment at our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, please contact our office today.

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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