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.

root canal xray done in lasalle office

"...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.

root canal example

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.

Best Root Canals in the IL Valley!

A_thebest .T
A_thebest .T
19:08 07 Feb 23
Amazing, and nice staff. I seen Dr.Ken, he is amazing at his job aswell as explaining things thoroughly. I had a root canal done and he was constantly checking on me to see if I was in pain, which I wasn’t the whole procedure and was even painless even after the procedure!
Dee Bortolami
Dee Bortolami
16:42 02 Feb 23
I moved out of the area, but I drive 1.5 hours to come back to Dr Ed Monroe ! The staff is always friendly & helpful. I just had root canal & crown placed. It was 100% pain free! It’s also nice you can get crown on site and not have to leave with temporary. I 100% recommend Dr Monroe for any dental needs .
Tina Clausen
Tina Clausen
16:23 20 Dec 22
I had tooth pain for over a week come to find out I needed a root canal and not being a patient they took me and helped! And the staff is Awesome as well ! Thank yall so much ! Lifetime of smiles ! 😃
Jimm Alonzo
Jimm Alonzo
23:18 08 Dec 22
Staff is friendly and very professional, and they make you feel like they care and your business matters. I had Dr Ken do a root canal on a tooth that he wasn’t sure he could save, but he managed it and I had very minimal pain. They also call to check up on how you’re doing after your appointment and offer reminders when it’s time to have another check up. 10/10 would recommend.

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