Meet Us
Meet Us
We are a patient-centered, quality focused practice. It is our desire to serve the needs of our patients with trust and excellence.
We are a patient-centered, quality focused practice. It is our desire to serve the needs of our patients with trust and excellence.
Dr. Paul Carruth
Dr. Paul Carruth
Paul Carruth is a native North Carolinian having been born and raised in Raleigh, NC. After graduating from Broughton High School, Dr. Carruth attended NC State University where he received a B.S. degree in Textile Engineering. He subsequently received his DDS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Carruth chose to further specialize receiving his certificate in endodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. He returned home to North Carolina with his wife, who grew up in Matthews, NC, and their two sons. Dr. Carruth is very grateful to have the opportunity to serve the greater Charlotte community through the practice of endodontics. He is very passionate about his profession, his practice, and the care of his patients. Dr. Carruth's research on the implementation of three-dimensional technology in endodontics was published in the Journal of Endodontics and can be viewed here. In addition to his practice, Dr. Carruth and his family are grateful to be involved in many activities in Charlotte including involvement in their local church, Mercy Church.
Paul Carruth is a native North Carolinian having been born and raised in Raleigh, NC. After graduating from Broughton High School, Dr. Carruth attended NC State University where he received a B.S. degree in Textile Engineering. He subsequently received his DDS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Carruth chose to further specialize receiving his certificate in endodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. He returned home to North Carolina with his wife, who grew up in Matthews, NC, and their two sons. Dr. Carruth is very grateful to have the opportunity to serve the greater Charlotte community through the practice of endodontics. He is very passionate about his profession, his practice, and the care of his patients. Dr. Carruth's research on the implementation of three-dimensional technology in endodontics was published in the Journal of Endodontics and can be viewed here. In addition to his practice, Dr. Carruth and his family are grateful to be involved in many activities in Charlotte including involvement in their local church, Mercy Church.
Dr. Paul Carruth
Paul Carruth is a native North Carolinian having been born and raised in Raleigh, NC. After graduating from Broughton High School, Dr. Carruth attended NC State University where he received a B.S. degree in Textile Engineering. He subsequently received his DDS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Carruth chose to further specialize receiving his certificate in endodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. He returned home to North Carolina with his wife, who grew up in Matthews, NC, and their two sons. Dr. Carruth is very grateful to have the opportunity to serve the greater Charlotte community through the practice of endodontics. He is very passionate about his profession, his practice, and the care of his patients. Dr. Carruth's research on the implementation of three-dimensional technology in endodontics was published in the Journal of Endodontics and can be viewed here. In addition to his practice, Dr. Carruth and his family are grateful to be involved in many activities in Charlotte including involvement in their local church, Mercy Church.
Paul Carruth is a native North Carolinian having been born and raised in Raleigh, NC. After graduating from Broughton High School, Dr. Carruth attended NC State University where he received a B.S. degree in Textile Engineering. He subsequently received his DDS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Carruth chose to further specialize receiving his certificate in endodontics from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. He returned home to North Carolina with his wife, who grew up in Matthews, NC, and their two sons. Dr. Carruth is very grateful to have the opportunity to serve the greater Charlotte community through the practice of endodontics. He is very passionate about his profession, his practice, and the care of his patients. Dr. Carruth's research on the implementation of three-dimensional technology in endodontics was published in the Journal of Endodontics and can be viewed here. In addition to his practice, Dr. Carruth and his family are grateful to be involved in many activities in Charlotte including involvement in their local church, Mercy Church.
Renee
Our office manager, Renee, is married with two adult daughters. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and the beach. She graduated from Kings College in 1979. She has been with the practice for 30 years, including many years with Dr. Gary Sugg prior to Dr. Carruth purchasing the practice. 
Judy
Judy graduated from CPCC in 1986 and has been an endodontic assistant for 26 years. She enjoys camping, exercising and spending time with her husband and son. 
Lindy
 Lindy has been an endodontic assistant all of her working career. She graduated from CPCC in 1979 and is a Charlottean. She enjoys outdoor activities and taking care of her family. She has been with the practice for over 30 years, including many years with Dr. Gary Sugg prior to Dr. Carruth purchasing the practice.
Eleni
Eleni has been an assistant with our practice for 2 years. She moved to Charlotte 9 years ago from Greece. She graduated from CPCC in 2012. She is fluent in English, Greek and Albanian. She enjoys spending time with family and close friends as well as traveling, watching movies, outdoor activities and learning different languages!
Our Location
4525 Park Road
Suite B-104
Charlotte, NC  28209


We are located in the Graham Office Park Building on Park Road between Montford Drive and Abbey Place directly between the Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings. Our office door faces toward the Bank of America on Abbey Place.
4525 Park Road
Suite B-104
Charlotte, NC  28209


We are located in the Graham Office Park Building on Park Road between Montford Drive and Abbey Place directly between the Wells Fargo and Bank of America buildings. Our office door faces toward the Bank of America on Abbey Place.
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What's a Root Canal?
A normal tooth that is split down the middle
looks like this. There is enamel on the top (the
white part you see when you smile) and then
underneath, every tooth has roots that keep it
secure in the bone. The tooth is attached to
bone with small ligaments that help support
the tooth when you chew. Inside the roots is a
root canal space (hence the term "root canal
treatment") where nerves, blood vessels, and
cells are contained that helped your tooth form.
Different things throughout life (such as cracks,
cavities, fractures, trauma, and crowns) allow
bacteria to get inside the root canal space.
First this causes inflammation of the pulp
and left long enough it will cause the death of 
the pulp tissue and lead to infection. This 
infection can result in pain and swelling.
Pain over the course of this process can range 
from sharp, radiating, dull, achy, and throbbing.
In an effort to remove the disease and save the
tooth, root canal treatment is performed. A
small opening is made on the biting surface of
the tooth to gain access to the root canal spaces.
Then the dead or dying tissue and bacteria
are removed using fine instruments and 
antibacterial solutions and medications. It is 
this effort that gives the body a chance to heal
from the insult of the inflammation and 
infection.
Once the root canal space has been cleaned,
a permanent root filling is placed inside the
canal space with a root filling sealer. Depending
on the subsequent treatment planned for the
tooth, a temporary or permanent restoration
is then placed on the biting surface of the tooth
to prevent leakage of bacteria back inside the
tooth. 
Once root canal treatment is completed and a
permanent filling has been placed, many teeth  
require a crown/cap to aid in the structural
stability of the tooth and help with the 
prevention of future cracks or fractures.
The ideal long term result is that the tooth is
maintained, all symptoms resolve, and any 
bone destruction from the disease heals over
time.
A normal tooth that is split down the middle looks like this. There is enamel on the top (the white part you see when you smile) and then underneath, every tooth has roots that keep it secure in the bone. The tooth is attached to bone with small ligaments that help support the tooth when you chew. Inside the roots is a root canal space (hence the term "root canal treatment") where nerves, blood vessels, and cells are contained that helped your tooth form.
Different things throughout life (such as cracks, cavities, fractures, trauma, and crowns) allow bacteria to get inside the root canal space. First this causes inflammation of the pulp and left long enough it will cause the death of the pulp tissue and lead to infection. This infection can result in pain and swelling. Pain over the course of this process can range from sharp, radiating, dull, achy, and throbbing.
In an effort to remove the disease and save the tooth, root canal treatment is performed. A small opening is made on the biting surface of the tooth to gain access to the root canal spaces. Then the dead or dying tissue and bacteria are removed using fine instruments and antibacterial solutions and medications. It is this effort that gives the body a chance to heal from the insult of the inflammation and infection.
Once the root canal space has been cleaned, a permanent root filling is placed inside the canal space with a root filling sealer. Depending on the subsequent treatment planned for the tooth, a temporary or permanent restoration is then placed on the biting surface of the tooth to prevent leakage of bacteria back inside the tooth.
Once root canal treatment is completed and a permanent filling has been placed, many teeth require a crown/cap to aid in the structural stability of the tooth and help with the prevention of future cracks or fractures. The ideal long term result is that the tooth is maintained, all symptoms resolve, and any bone destruction from the disease heals over time.
What's a Root Canal?
A normal tooth that is split down the middle
looks like this. There is enamel on the top (the
white part you see when you smile) and then
underneath, every tooth has roots that keep it
secure in the bone. The tooth is attached to
bone with small ligaments that help support
the tooth when you chew. Inside the roots is a
root canal space (hence the term "root canal
treatment") where nerves, blood vessels, and
cells are contained that helped your tooth form.
Different things throughout life (such as cracks,
cavities, fractures, trauma, and crowns) allow
bacteria to get inside the root canal space.
First this causes inflammation of the pulp
and left long enough it will cause the death of 
the pulp tissue and lead to infection. This 
infection can result in pain and swelling.
Pain over the course of this process can range 
from sharp, radiating, dull, achy, and throbbing.
In an effort to remove the disease and save the
tooth, root canal treatment is performed. A
small opening is made on the biting surface of
the tooth to gain access to the root canal spaces.
Then the dead or dying tissue and bacteria
are removed using fine instruments and 
antibacterial solutions and medications. It is 
this effort that gives the body a chance to heal
from the insult of the inflammation and 
infection.
Once the root canal space has been cleaned,
a permanent root filling is placed inside the
canal space with a root filling sealer. Depending
on the subsequent treatment planned for the
tooth, a temporary or permanent restoration
is then placed on the biting surface of the tooth
to prevent leakage of bacteria back inside the
tooth. 
Once root canal treatment is completed and a
permanent filling has been placed, many teeth  
require a crown/cap to aid in the structural
stability of the tooth and help with the 
prevention of future cracks or fractures.
The ideal long term result is that the tooth is
maintained, all symptoms resolve, and any 
bone destruction from the disease heals over
time.
A normal tooth that is split down the middle looks like this. There is enamel on the top (the white part you see when you smile) and then underneath, every tooth has roots that keep it secure in the bone. The tooth is attached to bone with small ligaments that help support the tooth when you chew. Inside the roots is a root canal space (hence the term "root canal treatment") where nerves, blood vessels, and cells are contained that helped your tooth form.
A normal tooth that is split down the middle looks like this. There is enamel on the top (the white part you see when you smile) and then underneath, every tooth has roots that keep it secure in the bone. The tooth is attached to bone with small ligaments that help support the tooth when you chew. Inside the roots is a root canal space (hence the term "root canal treatment") where nerves, blood vessels, and cells are contained that helped your tooth form.
Different things throughout life (such as cracks, cavities, fractures, trauma, and crowns) allow bacteria to get inside the root canal space. First this causes inflammation of the pulp and left long enough it will cause the death of the pulp tissue and lead to infection. This infection can result in pain and swelling. Pain over the course of this process can range from sharp, radiating, dull, achy, and throbbing.
Different things throughout life (such as cracks, cavities, fractures, trauma, and crowns) allow bacteria to get inside the root canal space. First this causes inflammation of the pulp and left long enough it will cause the death of the pulp tissue and lead to infection. This infection can result in pain and swelling. Pain over the course of this process can range from sharp, radiating, dull, achy, and throbbing.
In an effort to remove the disease and save the tooth, root canal treatment is performed. A small opening is made on the biting surface of the tooth to gain access to the root canal spaces. Then the dead or dying tissue and bacteria are removed using fine instruments and antibacterial solutions and medications. It is this effort that gives the body a chance to heal from the insult of the inflammation and infection.
In an effort to remove the disease and save the tooth, root canal treatment is performed. A small opening is made on the biting surface of the tooth to gain access to the root canal spaces. Then the dead or dying tissue and bacteria are removed using fine instruments and antibacterial solutions and medications. It is this effort that gives the body a chance to heal from the insult of the inflammation and infection.
Once the root canal space has been cleaned, a permanent root filling is placed inside the canal space with a root filling sealer. Depending on the subsequent treatment planned for the tooth, a temporary or permanent restoration is then placed on the biting surface of the tooth to prevent leakage of bacteria back inside the tooth.
Once the root canal space has been cleaned, a permanent root filling is placed inside the canal space with a root filling sealer. Depending on the subsequent treatment planned for the tooth, a temporary or permanent restoration is then placed on the biting surface of the tooth to prevent leakage of bacteria back inside the tooth.
Once root canal treatment is completed and a permanent filling has been placed, many teeth require a crown/cap to aid in the structural stability of the tooth and help with the prevention of future cracks or fractures. The ideal long term result is that the tooth is maintained, all symptoms resolve, and any bone destruction from the disease heals over time.
Once root canal treatment is completed and a permanent filling has been placed, many teeth require a crown/cap to aid in the structural stability of the tooth and help with the prevention of future cracks or fractures. The ideal long term result is that the tooth is maintained, all symptoms resolve, and any bone destruction from the disease heals over time.
Patient Experiences
"My endodontic appointment at Dr. Carruth's office was overwhelmingly positive. Dr. Carruth gained my confidence as he explained each step of the procedure in a professional manner, yet in terms I could understand. The methods he used were completely pain free. I could not be more pleased with my experience and have complete confidence in Dr. Carruth and his staff."
-Robert
"Dr. Paul Carruth is unquestionably the most professional and caring endodontist I have ever been treated by. He spent the necessary time and attention to isolate a problem tooth that had been bothering me for a long time. The usual testing did not isolate the problem but through a process of symptom identification, Dr. Carruth determined that a root canal would probably fix the problem and it did. Through the entire process, he explained what could potentially be the problem and the details regarding the root canal. He constantly followed up before and after the root canal to see how I was doing. While I hope to never have a similar problem in the future, I would not hesitate to put my trust in Dr. Carruth."
-Jim
"Going to Dr.Carruth was a literal tooth saver for me. He saved me from having a root canal on the wrong tooth. Also, I had no pain during or after the root canal. I found the experience one of the best I've had in 4 root canals. Dr. Carruth is confident, gentle and kind. I highly recommend his practice!"
-Carol
"We went to see Dr. Carruth after a glowing reference from our dentist. My elderly mother had an abscessed tooth that required a root canal. Dr Carruth was attentive, gentle and thorough from the initial consultation to the final procedure. He did an excellent job, and even went the extra mile when he called afterward to see how she was doing. We would recommend him to our family and friends."
-Jean
"The four things that impressed me the most in my visit to Dr. Carruth's office were: 1. I was thoroughly informed of what was happening before, during, and after the procedure. 2. He saved my tooth that would have had to be extracted otherwise. 3. The procedure was painless both during and afterwards. 4. His staff were very efficient and helpful. They made my visit a pleasure."
-Robert
"I had a root canal done at Dr. Carruth's office, not my first, but first time at his office. He explained the entire process for me in words that I can understand. He educated me about the entire process and made me feel like I was in good hands... And literally I was!"
-Sean
"Safe to say that no one really wants a root canal…but if you have to have one, you can’t do better than Dr. Carruth. My tooth was cracked, so it was by no means certain that a root canal would be successful. Dr. Carruth was candid in his assessment and gave me all of the information I needed to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the root canal or opt for an extraction – I opted to give the root canal a try. The procedure itself was completely painless, and Dr. Carruth and his staff did everything possible to make me comfortable."
-Meg
"My experience with having a root canal went off without a hitch. I went in very anxious about the entire procedure. Dr. Carruth's assistant could not have been sweeter and, oh, so calm. By the time Dr. Carruth arrived I was feeling a little better. He was very patient and explained in detail what he was going to do and answered all my questions. He asked if I wanted to listen to music while he worked which really helped. I appreciated his gentleness and that he constantly kept me informed. When I needed to come back and saw I would have a conflict, his staff was very accommodating about fitting me in their schedule."
-Gloria
"As far as root canals go, I had an overall very pleasant experience with Dr. Carruth. The entire staff was friendly and his assistant was very accommodating as I had told her of my fear of dentistry. Dr. Carruth offered me noise-cancelling head phones tuned to the soundtrack of my choice, which immediately helped ease my nerves. He was gentle, thorough and very professional. I would (and have) recommend him to my family and friends."
-Dana
Technology
While modern technology does not produce quality treatment itself, we seek to utilize the most modern endodontic technology available to aid us in providing the highest quality diagnosis and treatment. We employ many technologically advanced practices such as digital x-rays, microscope aided digital photography, conservative rotary instrumentation, and sonic and ultrasonic cleaning of the root canals. Two incredibly valuable assets within our practice are 3-dimensional imaging (CBCT) and the dental operating microscope.
3D imaging is utilized for many patients to give Dr. Carruth the most complete amount of diagnostic information. This aids in more accurate diagnosis as well as more appropriate and conservative treatment. 3D imaging has recently been recognized as the preferred imaging technique for many endodontic treatment scenarios by the American Associate of Endodontists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists.
The dental operating microscope allows for significantly more illumination (LED) and magnification of the tooth (from 2.1 to 19.2 times the size of the actual object). Dr. Carruth is able to visualize various anatomy, canals, cracks, decay, and obstructions in a way not possible by the unaided eye. This enables Dr. Carruth to provide more accurate, efficient, and conservative treatment. Dr. Carruth's assistants also view the tooth through the microscope allowing them to see what he sees. 
3D imaging is utilized for many patients to give Dr. Carruth the most complete amount of diagnostic information. This aids in more accurate diagnosis as well as more appropriate and conservative treatment. 3D imaging has recently been recognized as the preferred imaging technique for many endodontic treatment scenarios by the American Associate of Endodontists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists.
The dental operating microscope allows for significantly more illumination (LED) and magnification of the tooth (from 2.1 to 19.2 times the size of the actual object). Dr. Carruth is able to visualize various anatomy, canals, cracks, decay, and obstructions in a way not possible by the unaided eye . This enables Dr. Carruth to provide more accurate, efficient, and conservative treatment. Dr. Carruth's assistants also view the tooth through the microscope allowing them to see what he sees.
Technology
While modern technology does not produce quality treatment itself, we seek to utilize the most modern endodontic technology available to aid us in providing the highest quality diagnosis and treatment. We employ many technologically advanced practices such as digital x-rays, digital photography, conservative rotary instrumentation, and sonic and ultrasonic cleaning of the root canals. Two incredibly valuable assets within our practice are 3-dimensional imaging (CBCT) and the dental operating microscope.
3D imaging is utilized for many patients to give Dr. Carruth the most complete amount of diagnostic information. This aids in more accurate diagnosis as well as more appropriate and conservative treatment. 3D imaging has recently been recognized as the preferred imaging technique for many endodontic treatment scenarios by the American Associate of Endodontists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists.
The dental operating microscope allows for significantly more illumination (LED) and magnification of the tooth (from 2.1 to 19.2 times the size of the actual object). Dr. Carruth is able to visualize various anatomy, canals, cracks, decay, and obstructions in a way not possible by the unaided eye . This enables Dr. Carruth to provide more accurate, efficient, and conservative treatment. Dr. Carruth's assistants also view the tooth through the microscope allowing them to see what he sees. 
3D imaging is utilized for many patients to give Dr. Carruth the most complete amount of diagnostic information. This aids in more accurate diagnosis as well as more appropriate and conservative treatment. 3D imaging has recently been recognized as the preferred imaging technique for many endodontic treatment scenarios by the American Associate of Endodontists and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists.
The dental operating microscope allows for significantly more illumination (LED) and magnification of the tooth (from 2.1 to 19.2 times the size of the actual object). Dr. Carruth is able to visualize various anatomy, canals, cracks, decay, and obstructions in a way not possible by the unaided eye . This enables Dr. Carruth to provide more accurate, efficient, and conservative treatment. Dr. Carruth's assistants also view the tooth through the microscope allowing them to see what he sees.
Payment
Dental insurance is accepted by our office. We want you to receive the full benefit of your policy. Our office can assist you in completing your insurance forms and verifying the coverage that your particular policy provides. We accept assignment of your insurance benefits. This means that your insurance company will pay a covered portion of your treatment directly to our office. However, you are responsible for your deductible and any portion of treatment fees which the insurance policy does not cover or pay in full. If, for any reason, your insurance company does not honor their commitment to you and/or us please be aware that you are responsible to remit the remaining account balance.

If you have dental insurance and we are filing a claim for you, your estimated portion must be paid at the time of treatment. Once the claim has been processed, any remaining balance will be requested from you by way of a mailed statement and any excess collection will be mailed to you in the form of a reimbursement check.

If your dental insurance company does not assign benefits to the dental provider then your balance must be paid in full to our office at the time of treatment and your insurance company will mail you a reimbursement check once your claim has been processed.

In the event that payment cannot be rendered by the means of insurance benefits and/or self-payment, CareCredit may be accepted (6 or 12 month plans).
Payment
Dental insurance is accepted by our office. We want you to receive the full benefit of your policy. Our office can assist you in completing your insurance forms and verifying the coverage that your particular policy provides. We accept assignment of your insurance benefits. This means that your insurance company will pay a covered portion of your treatment directly to our office. However, you are responsible for your deductible and any portion of treatment fees which the insurance policy does not cover or pay in full. If, for any reason, your insurance company does not honor their commitment to you and/or us please be aware that you are responsible to remit the remaining account balance.

If you have dental insurance and we are filing a claim for you, your estimated portion must be paid at the time of treatment. Once the claim has been processed, any remaining balance will be requested from you by way of a mailed statement and any excess collection will be mailed to you in the form of a reimbursement check.

If your dental insurance company does not assign benefits to the dental provider then your balance must be paid in full to our office at the time of treatment and your insurance company will mail you a reimbursement check once your claim has been processed.

In the event that payment cannot be rendered by the means of insurance benefits and/or self-payment, CareCredit may be accepted (6 or 12 month plans).