Resources

Links


Because it is important to keep our patients informed, we have assembled a series of links that you may find useful:

American Association of Endodontics Information on Root Canals: includes lots of information here about root canals and endodontics. aae.org
American Dental Association A PDF article on implants. ada.org
The Dental Trauma Guide Dedicated to optimizing worldwide treatment of dental trauma. dentaltraumaguide.org
Zimmer Dental Patient information about implants. zimmerdental.com
Windy City Seminars Get up-to-date information regarding the Windy City Study Club activities. windycityseminars.net
Dr. Raymond F. Munaretto was named as one of the USATopDentists. usatopdentists.com
Dr. Richard A. Kohn was named as one of the USATopDentists. usatopdentists.com
Wikipedia: Endodontics An article, with links to related articles, that describes endodontics. wikipedia.org
International Association of Dental Traumatology Information about dental trauma for the public. Contains information about how to prevent and first aid for dental trauma. iadt-dentaltrauma.org
Nobel Biocare® Patient nformation on implants and cosmetic dentistry. nobelsmile.us
Nobel Biocare® Implant solutions for professionals. nobelbiocare.com
Dr. Sommers was named as one of the USATopDentists. usatopdentists.com
Dr. Richard A. Munaretto was named as one of the USATopDentists. usatopdentists.com
Dr. Babcic was named one of the “top 40 under 40” by Benco Dental. Benco’s publication the Incisal Edge
 

FAQs


Below are listed the categories that our patients have the most “Frequently Asked Questions”:

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Endodontic therapy is a sequence of treatment for the pulp of a tooth whose end result is the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. Although this set of procedures is commonly referred to as a root canal, this term is imprecise; root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the anatomical hollows within a tooth which are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and a number of other cellular entities, whereas endodontic therapy includes the complete removal of these structures, the subsequent cleaning, shaping and decontamination of these hollows with the use of tiny files and irrigating solutions and the obturation, or filling, of the decontaminated root canals with an inert filling, such as gutta percha and a usually eugenol-based cement. After the surgery the tooth will be “dead”, and if the infection is spread at apex, root end surgery is required. Although the procedure is relatively painless when done properly, the root canal remains the stereotypically fearsome dental operation, and, in the United States, a common response to an unpleasant proposal is, “I’d rather have a root canal.”

Source: Wikipedia

What is an Endodontist?

An endodontist is a general dentist who has completed an additional 2 or more years of specialty training in diseases of the dental pulp and nerve. They are able to perform all aspects of Root Canal Therapy as well as treatments such as Retreatment of Root Canal Therapy, Periapical Surgery, Apexification and other endodontic procedures.

Endodontists are usually Board certified by the American Board of Endodontists.

Why would I need an endodontic procedure?

Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Source: American Academy of Endodontics

What are the signs of needing endodontic treatment?

Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.

Source: American Academy of Endodontics

How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?

The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Source: American Academy of Endodontics

Will I feel pain during or after the procedure?

Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.

For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.

Source: American Academy of Endodontics

Will the tooth need any special care or additional treatment after endodontic treatment?

You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Otherwise, you need only to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings.

Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues. Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, redoing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.
Source: American Academy of Endodontics

What causes an endodontically treated tooth to need additional treatment?

New trauma, deep decay, or a loose, cracked or broken filling can cause new infection in your tooth. In some cases, the endodontist may discover additional very narrow or curved canals that could not be treated during the initial procedure.
Source: American Academy of Endodontics