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

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

Important information regarding COVID-19


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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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