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At DM Family Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois, we are pleased to offer root canal treatment for our patients suffering from the following:

  • A persistent toothache that is increasingly painful
  • A tooth that hurts when hot or cold food or drinks touch it and long after
  • Your tooth hurts when you bite down or chew food

These are all signs of an inflamed or infected tooth pulp which requires removal. A tooth may become infected or abscessed when the inside of your tooth – the pulp — experiences severe decay. While most people think of a root canal as a painful procedure, in actuality they relieve you of pain. In fact, a root canal can be viewed as similar to receiving a dental filling and can be completed in one or two visits.

Tooth Anatomy

So underneath the layer of tooth enamel lies a hard material called dentin. Beneath the dentin lies your tooth pulp, which consists of nerves, connective tissue and blood vessels that nourish the growing tooth. When you are growing a tooth you need the pulp to supply blood and nourishment to the tooth to keep it healthy. However, once your permanent teeth have grown in, you no longer require the tooth pulp, as the surrounding tissues nourish the tooth. So when the pulp becomes infected, it can be safely removed without harming your smile.


Dr. Doris Madrigal will begin the procedure by removing the infected tooth pulp. Next, the area will be cleaned and disinfected to prepare for the next stage, the placement of gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a material which is rubberlike and will seal and protect the hole left behind after the pulp is cleaned out. The last step in the process will be placing a dental filling material over the gutta-percha. If the area is too big, or if too much of the tooth required removal, our dentist may place a crown instead of a dental filling.

At DM Family Dentistry, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Doris Madrigal if you are having any issues with your smile or if need to schedule a visit. Please call 773.252.5757 today and get your smile back on track!