Why might patients in the South Holland, IL area need root canals

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Root canal therapy is a procedure that is more common than one may think. However, it is also a highly feared treatment because many patients in the South Holland, IL area are unfamiliar with the process. Root canals are also known as endodontic therapy. This treatment is used to protect the natural tooth to avoid extraction. It requires Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental to make a hole in the tooth to access the inner dental pulp. This mass of tissues, which includes the blood supply and nerves, needs to be removed from the tooth with special instruments. The area … Continue reading

Dentist in Dolton, IL describes the root canal procedure

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Several situations may cause patients to require a root canal procedure. While many think of root canals as painful processes that are dreaded by all, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, root canal procedures done at Pleasant Dental in Dolton, IL are often virtually painless. We administer local anesthetics to ensure patient comfort during treatment. Root canal procedures are also known for eliminating pain that often brings patients into our practice. A severe toothache is often a sign that this treatment may be necessary. Root canal procedures may be done for a myriad of purposes. The procedure … Continue reading

Solution to abscesses

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Abscesses are pockets of pus, caused by infection. In the case of abscessed teeth, there is usually decay present, which leaves the dental pulp (soft tissues) in the middle of the tooth vulnerable to bacteria. Infected dental pulp doesn’t recover; the only way to remove infection is by removing the pulp, or the entire tooth. An abscessed tooth can be an excruciating experience that we hope you never have to endure. It can cause toothache, temperature sensitivity, difficulty chewing, and swelling. It usually begins in the root of your tooth. The infection can travel, sometimes leading to pain and swelling … Continue reading

A solution for toothaches in South Holland: Ask your dentist about a root canal

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We understand that a root canal is probably the last thing you want to discuss with your dentist. People tend to view this procedure as painful and risky, but those are actually misconceptions based on outdated information, with a large dose of urban legend. A root canal procedure relieves pain. This point may be hard to believe, but it is true. Despite the horror stories you’ve heard, a root canal marks the end (not the beginning) of your suffering. To explain, let’s start at the beginning. What causes toothaches? There are several possibilities, but one of the most common is … Continue reading

What are the signs of needing endodontic (root canal) treatment?

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You bite down and a tooth suddenly seems sore. Your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold. You wake up in the middle of the night and realize that it was a tooth that woke you up. Are these signs that you might need a root canal? Yes and no. It is possible that you will need root canal treatment for any or all of these. Without additional diagnosis, it is impossible to tell. Is there a way for you to know that you will need a root canal? Actually, yes. If you wake up with a toothache and are … Continue reading

When are root canals from your Dolton dentist necessary?

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Before we talk about why root canal treatment is needed, let’s clear up the most common myth in dentistry. No, a root canal procedure is not painful, hazardous, or any of the other horrible things you’ve probably heard. It is a common dental procedure, much like filling a cavity. The process is comfortable and efficient, and the results are highly predicable. A root canal is a space inside of the tooth root, which is connected to the pulp chamber in the upper part of the tooth. Inside of these spaces are nerves, vessels, and other soft tissue, known as dental … Continue reading

Benefits of root canal procedure for South Holland area patients

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There are times in which one of our patients in the South Holland area may need to undergo a procedure known as a root canal. Also known as endodontic therapy, root canals are common treatments that are done to save a natural tooth. This is performed by a dedicated dentist who has the experience to provide quality care and ensure that the tooth is successfully restored. There are many reasons a patient may need to have root canal therapy. It may be from the development of an abscess on the tooth, or an area of tooth decay that has become … Continue reading

Have no fear – gentle root canal in Dolton is here!

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In skilled, experienced hands, a root canal procedure is nothing to fear. Rather, this gentle, precise dental technique gets you out of pain and saves your natural tooth. The anxiety about this treatment has become almost cliché in our society. When describing something they dread, people often say, “I’d rather have a root canal.” Or, “It’s about as much fun as a root canal.” So, let’s take a factual look at how the patient feels before, during, and after root canal therapy. Before. You said something you shouldn’t have to that big guy in the bar, or took a spill … Continue reading

What does root canal therapy involve?

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At one time, extraction was the only feasible treatment for a tooth with a diseased nerve. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. We can remove the infection, and save the natural tooth with root canal therapy (endodontic treatment). Despite popular misconceptions, a root canal is not an excruciating and risky procedure. Quite the contrary, it is nearly always painless, with a high success rate. Dental pulp is a soft tissue comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. It is found in the middle of the tooth, extending to the root tip. Several factors, including decay, trauma or poor … Continue reading

My first lost tooth in nearly 40 years

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While I may be a super dentist (speaking modestly as I always do), I am also a person capable of having the same dental issues as anyone else. Of course I do what I can to prevent disease, brushing and flossing religiously and getting regular checkups. Sometimes that isn’t enough. Last fall I started having my first toothache. At first it was just an annoying ache but started becoming more consistent over a bit of time. I ran straight into my office and saw — myself. I had my staff take an X-ray and realized I needed a root canal. … Continue reading


They made the extra effort to make sure every question and concern I had was addressed. They have some of the cleanest dental equipment I have ever seen. They make an extra effort to make sure they only use the best for their patients. They have a very good professional reputation. I know that I'm under the care of an expert. They were so happy to answer each and every question I had. They also encouraged me to call if I need any more answers in the future.