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

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

Important information regarding COVID-19

Oral Surgery in Carrboro, NC

While oral surgery is never a favorite dental treatment for patients, it can be necessary for a patient to restore their oral health and the functionality of their smile. Whether you believe you may need a surgical procedure or you’re not sure what your smile needs, our team would be happy to help you. Feel free to give our front office a call or send us a message through our virtual contact form, and one of our team members will be in touch with you shortly.

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What treatments are considered oral surgery?

Root canal therapy is considered a type of oral surgery, as a hole is created in the top of the tooth so that the inside can be accessed. Dental extractions are a more invasive type of oral surgery, as the tooth is completely removed. Our office can also place dental implants, which involves making a small incision in the gums and creating a hole in the jawbone where the implant is placed. Since oral surgery is much more involved than other treatments, we only recommend oral surgery if we believe it is the absolute best option for the patient.

What methods of dental sedation are available?

Patients undergoing oral surgery will always receive a local anesthetic, which will completely numb their teeth and gums for the duration of the procedure. In addition to the anesthetic, patients can also choose between receiving nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation if they want dental sedation. Nitrous oxide involves breathing in a mixture of gases to be put into a calm state of mind, and it wears off within a few minutes of breathing normal air. Oral conscious sedation makes patients very groggy and less aware of what’s going on, but it may take up to a few hours to wear off.

How long will it take to recover after my procedure?

It depends on your unique treatment plan and the services that you will be receiving. In general, however, patients who receive oral surgery should not expect to return to their daily routine right away, as they will need at least the rest of the day to rest and recover. Our team will provide you with a list of detailed instructions to follow after your treatment is complete, and if you have any questions or concerns for our team at any time, you are welcome and encouraged to reach out and ask.

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Milltown Family Dentistry


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