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

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


We know that root canal therapy is one of the most dreaded dental procedures, if not the most dreaded, but it’s often misunderstood. Some patients worry that the treatment will be painful, but what they don’t understand is that not getting the treatment could result in a whole lot more pain from their infected tooth. Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, root canal therapy is gentler than ever before, and it could mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

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Root Canal Procedure Steps

We’ve found that when patients better understand what is actually happening with root canal treatment, it can alleviate some of the fears that they may have before the procedure. Here’s a basic overview of the steps of a root canal procedure:

  1. We’ll administer local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. We also have sedation available if you would like to use that to feel more at ease.
  2. We’ll make a small hole in the infected tooth and remove any diseased tissue. You shouldn’t feel pain because the area is already numb.
  3. We’ll disinfect, shape, and seal the root canals to prevent them from becoming infected again.
  4. We’ll place either a filling or a dental crown to strengthen and seal your tooth further.

Root Canal FAQ

Do root canals hurt?

Root canal therapy may seem intimidating, but it’s actually nothing to fear. It’s a simple, common procedure meant to rid your tooth of what’s causing you discomfort as well as preserve your natural tooth. Before the procedure begins, we’ll make sure the area around your tooth is completely numb. Drs. Ben and Megumi Lambeth work with a gentle touch and ensure you feel comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

How long is the root canal recovery?

After your root canal procedure, we’ll send you home with a list of aftercare instructions to ensure you have a smooth, speedy recovery. You may experience mild sensitivity and discomfort after your procedure. However, these symptoms are temporary and should only last a few days. Depending on your specific needs, we may prescribe a pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.

How much does root canal therapy cost?

There’s not a single specific answer for how much a root canal costs because there are a few deciding factors when it comes to price. Many people don’t realize which tooth you’re getting treated (for example, a front tooth versus a molar) can result in a different cost. Plus, what type of restoration is used (porcelain vs. a metal crown) also affects price. That doesn’t mean we’re going to surprise you with your bill! Before we begin your root canal procedure, we’ll complete an evaluation that’ll allow us to give you a more accurate cost estimate.

If you don’t get the root canal treatment you need when you need it, it could set you up for serious complications down the road. We want to make sure you don’t let your health fall by the wayside because you’re concerned about costs. At Milltown Family Dentistry, we have a number of financial options to make dental care more affordable for you. Ask us about our in-house payment plans, financing through CareCredit®, or our membership plan!

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