We are open for all normal care.

Hours will be by appointment. Call (708) 849-4400 to schedule.

Let me update you on the steps we have taken to ensure your safety and ours.


1. We have procured all the recommended PPE. N95 masks, gowns, and face shields.
2. We have installed hospital antimicrobial curtains around each room. This allows us to contain the treatment in the room being used.
3. We have added a medical-grade air purifier to cleanse the air multiple times an hour.
4. We are using ultra-violet C lights to disinfect the rooms after each use.
5. There will be fewer patients in the office at a time. All patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles until we are ready for them.
6. Every person will be asked before coming to the office to confirm they are symptom-free and are not COVID positive so far as they know.
7. Everyone will have their temperature taken and will be required to rinse with peroxide before the treatment.
8. All staff are checked daily for temperature, symptoms, and exposure. We will be requiring testing soon too.

These are a few of the precautions that we are taking. Just know we are doing what we can to ensure you can get the care you need in as safe an environment as we can create.

We are now scheduling cleanings and virtually all types of treatments. Call us at (708) 849-4400 to schedule. Leave a message if we don’t answer.

Our schedule, for now, is by appointment and not consistent with our previous normal.

We all hope to see you soon. Until then, stay safe and healthy.

Dr. D. and the Pleasant Dental Team

Calumet City, IL, residents guide to root canal treatment from your dentist

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If you have a toothache, you might need a root canal procedure. Of course, there are many potential causes of toothaches, and therefore many potential solutions. However, just the possibility of needing a root canal is enough to keep many people away from the dentist. It is often said that we fear what we do not understand, which is probably the best explanation of why this gentle, effective procedure is so often dreaded. Understanding the tooth To understand the procedure, it helps to understand the basic anatomy of a tooth first: The crown is the visible part of the tooth, … Continue reading

Root canal (endodontic) therapy myths in Dolton

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If you are like most people, you aren’t exactly excited about the idea of having a root canal procedure. It is probably the most feared, and most misunderstood, dental procedure. Your concern is understandable, considering the things you have probably heard. However, we would like to set the record straight about this gentle, pain-relieving procedure. Myth: The procedure is painful. Fact: Root canal therapy relieves, not causes, pain. The idea that this treatment hurts began in the primitive days of dentistry, long before effective anesthetics and precision technology was available. The myth is perpetuated by people who have only heard … Continue reading

Are pain pills and antibiotics an acceptable substitute for root canal?

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Let’s make this a really short article. The answer to the question in a word is… NO. Next question. OK for those who just can’t accept a simple answer and are like me always asking, “why” I will elaborate. Most of the time when we do perform root canal treatment we do use antibiotics and often pain medication. This is used simply to treat the initial symptoms that often occur of pain and sometimes swelling. Both are typically caused by infection. While this will initially settle the situation to the point where it is much more tolerable, it is by … Continue reading

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


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