Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Important information regarding COVID-19

Root Canal Therapy FAQs

man on couch with ice pack after root canal

No one wants to hear that they need root canal therapy, which is widely rumored to be one of the most painful dental procedures. What exactly is root canal therapy, and is it possible to avoid it? Here, we answer the most common questions that our patients have about root canal therapy.

Why Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?

Whether you have progressive tooth decay, a defective crown, or complications from past procedures, bacteria can spread all the way down to the tooth root, which lies beneath the gum. In order to clear up the infection and stop it from spreading even deeper in the mouth, your dentist will remove the infected pulp as well as the infected root deep inside the gum. They will then fill the root with a medicated solution and place a crown to protect the tooth. This is a multi-step procedure completed after thoroughly numbing the area, so you won’t feel a thing.

What Does Root Canal Therapy Entail?

The procedure is rather quick and takes places over a few appointments. First, your dentist or endodontist will numb the area around the infected tooth and root. If you would prefer to receive sedation, that is possible as well. They will then proceed to clear out the pulp (the soft layer behind tooth enamel that makes up the tooth root) and flush out any remaining bacteria from the canals below the gums. They will then fill the canals with a medicated material to prevent any more bacteria from growing in the area.

Later on, the root may need additional support, such as a post, as well as a filling or crown placed over it.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

Contrary to what you’ve probably heard, no! Your dentist will numb you during the procedure so you won’t feel any pain. In fact, the pain and soreness that you may experience after the procedure are similar to a tooth extraction. If you avoid having a root canal, you’re actually likely to experience more intense pain than a root canal could ever cause!

Is Root Canal Therapy Expensive?

There are a few factors that contribute to the cost of a root canal, including the type of tooth receiving treatment and the crown that you receive afterward. We will walk you through the cost of your procedure during your initial consultation so you won’t be unpleasantly surprised along the way. Remember that we offer flexible financing options to make necessary procedures like root canal therapy affordable for you!

Our team at Milltown Family Dentistry is here to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your treatments. There is no need to fear getting in the dental chair. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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To Our Valued Patients:
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 we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. 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.

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 ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency's recommendations.

We are excited to fully OPEN for patient care again on May 20th. There will be several modifications to our protocol as we transition. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

  1. You will be screened beforehand (via telephone) and again when you arrive for your appointment. If you have missed an appointment during the recent closure, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. Please be patient as it may take time to address the current backlog.
  2. 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.
  3. Our waiting area has been modified to eliminate unnecessary items at risk for cross-contamination, such as magazines and our beverage station. An air purifier has also been installed, as well as in every operatory.
  4. Since appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, you may be offered fewer options for appointments.
  5. We plan to allow more time between appointments to reduce traffic. Please check-in from your car via phone and wait in your car until you are called, at which point you will be taken directly to your treatment room. We also ask that adults consider coming to appointments alone. For children, we ask that only one adult come with them to their appointment.
  6. We have worked diligently to abide by all current and updated PPE (personal protective equipment) standards per the recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. You may recognize these changes during interactions with staff.
  7. In keeping with these recommendations, all patients and family members are asked to wear a mask/face covering to all office visits. Unfortunately, we do not have the extra PPE to supply our patients, so please bring your own.

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 919-590-5450 or visit our contact page. Thank you for your cooperation!

Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth