Pain Free Root Canal

When many people hear they need a root canal, it can bring up feelings of fear and anxiety. The name can be intimidating, but the actual process is one of the most painless and beneficial procedures that can be done to save your natural teeth.

Why Would You Need a Root Canal?

A tooth is made up of many different parts including an internal tissue called pulp that lies below the enamel and dentin. This tissue is made up of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels, which makes it very sensitive and important during the formation and growth of the tooth’s roots. Once the roots are established and fully developed, the roots become unnecessary.

Occasionally, this pulp can become inflamed or infected and cause pain or create an abscess. There may be decay in the tooth as well. If gone unchecked, then a root canal may not become an option and instead tooth extraction may be in order.

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"...Doctor Ed perform the root canal and that was pain free also. You can not go wrong if you pick Life time of Smiles to do your dental work."

-Edgar S.-

What to Expect from a Root Canal Procedure

Since the pulp is no longer necessary, it can be removed. The dentist will gently drill into the tooth until the pulp can be accessed. It is carefully removed and the area left behind is cleaned and disinfected. This should remove any bacteria and infection.

The area is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha that replaces the pulp and makes the interior of the tooth complete. This should eliminate any pain and discomfort caused by the problem pulp. The final hard portion of the tooth is restored with a filling or a crown. A tooth that is fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime without any further problems.

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Benefits of a Root Canal


Cosmetically, your existing tooth is always the best outcome. It’s natural and matches the rest of your teeth.

Cost Effective

In comparison to an extraction, the root canal is much more cost effective and heals faster. An extraction requires multiple visits and fittings for dentures or implants.


One of the biggest benefits of a root canal is it’s a nearly painless procedure. Modern anesthesia techniques remove the pain and people consider it a much better alternative to a tooth extraction.

Where Can I Get a Root Canal in the Illinois Valley?

A Lifetime of Smiles is the best place locally to get a Root Canal and is located in LaSalle, IL. Our patients come from surrounding towns in the Illinois Valley such as Peru, Spring Valley, Oglesby, Ottawa, Streator, and Mendota.

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I’ve always had issues with my teeth since I was young. From fillings to root canals I’ve had it all. This past weekend was especially tough, going to the er for an infection after my dentist tried and failed to pull a tooth. This was my first time at Dr Ed’s and I can’t speak highly enough of the entire staff. Besides the gift, great office, amazing staff, and tour, Dr Pat was by far the best dentist I’ve ever been to. Absolutely zero pain getting a tooth pulled and him knowing to use a different anesthetic because of medication I take blew my mind. I have a history of not being able to get fully numb and dealing with a lot of pain at the dentist. I will never go anywhere else from here on out. Thank you Dr Pat and staff!! If I could give 100 stars, I would.
Response from the owner: Ken, I wish you could give us 100 stars too!! Thank you for your kind words and spreading the great news of your wonderful experience at ALOS!!
I wholeheartedly recommend this office, and I cannot overstate their compassion and kindness! They took amazing care of me when I was in pretty bad shape, and I was always made to feel welcome. Every person I met at the office was friendly and warm.For the story, before contacting ALOS suffice to say I had seen two different dentists who couldn't actually take care of my issue for weeks. By the time I called this office I had spent one night without being able to sleep and in constant pain.. I called them at lunchtime, they saw me at 5 that same day, and Dr. Ken performed a root canal right then.He ended up seeing me again, the next morning, after I called them back still in pain from a DIFFERENT tooth; I hadn't realized another one had been bothering me under the first! They got me back in the office that morning, for a second emergency root canal.I have no idea what I would have done without them. I appreciate their flexibility and caring attitude more than I can possibly put into words; if anyone from the office reads this, again, THANK YOU!! I will definitely be coming back, but in a sensible manner this time!
Response from the owner: Megan, Thank you so much for your kind words!! We are always here to help. Please continue to spread the awesome experience you had at A Lifetime of Smiles!!!

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