Important Update in Response to COVID-19 from CARE Endodontics:

In support of community health and in response to COVID-19 ,  the American Dental Association has recommended postponing elective dental procedures  for the next 3 weeks.  CARE Endodontics will return to regular business hours and all scheduled appointments on April 7, 2020.  At this time, a doctor is available for emergency patients only.  The safety of our patients continues to be our primary concern and we are working hard to adapt quickly. We are committed to being available to assist you during these challenging times.

What We Do

Exceeding Expectations

CARE Endodontics‘ dedication to providing exceptional care using state of the art technology in a warm, caring environment is second to none. 

Dr. Julianne Carrara and Dr. Josh Ries complement each other with a unique blend of experience and skills. An informed patient has the best chance of achieving the optimal result, so our goal is to educate patients about their treatment and provide answers to all questions. We are happiest when you, the patient, have your expectations met and exceeded. 

Root canals can produce high anxiety, and most patients are brand new to the office. We take the time to evaluate and answer your questions to develop a great relationship and aid in the direction of treatment. We build relationships with General Dentists; Dental Specialists and Physicians to provide optimal care. A team approach results in success and satisfaction.

Our team is multilingual, speaking both Spanish and French. Communication is critical to patient care. Drs. Carrara and Ries are Dental Educators and active participants in the Chicago Dental Society and the American Association of Endodontists. 


Our office utilizes modern technology:

  1. Microscopic Endodontics
  2. Digital Radiographs
  3. 3-Dimensional Imaging; CBCT
  4. Paperless communications
  5. Electronic Health Records
  6. Dental insurance Providers and appropriate Medical Billing
  7. Intraoral cameras 

If you are searching for an Endodontic Office that is continuously evolving and implementing new technological advancements for your care, we look forward to a personal introduction. 

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Procedures

Root Canal Treatments

Root Canal Treatment

We begin by ensuring your comfort by administering local anesthetic to the area. A small protective sheet called a “dental dam” is placed over the tooth to provide a sterile field, thereby preventing bacteria from entering the tooth via saliva. This protective sheet is used to avoid debris, disinfectants, or instruments from inadvertently going down your throat during the root canal treatment.

Next, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth to gain access to the inflamed or infected pulp, and we clean the root canal system. This process also provides the shaping of the canal spaces to receive a root canal filling.

Finally, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening in your tooth. Your dentist will remove this temporary filling at the time the tooth is restored, usually with a crown. Following the root canal treatment, your tooth is susceptible to fracturing or infection due to the loss of the temporary filling. Therefore you must return to your dentist promptly to restore the tooth to its full functionality.

Root Canal Re-treatments

Root Canal Re-treatment

A root canal retreatment may be necessary if a previously root canal treated tooth fails to heal or if a recurrent infection is evident.
Root canals have a very high rate of success, but as with other dental procedures, infection or inflammation may occur despite our best efforts. We will be able to provide insight into potential causes and how they may be corrected. A root canal retreatment procedure may be the best option to preserve your tooth.

The root canal retreatment procedure is similar to the root canal treatment procedure, but has a few extra steps and usually requires two visits. The first visit consists of removal of all root canal filling materials and placement of an antibacterial paste called calcium hydroxide. The tooth is closed with a temporary filling material. Antibiotic medication is left in the tooth for some time to reduce the number of bacteria and give the tooth the best chances of healing.

On the second visit, we remove the calcium hydroxide paste, the canals are once again thoroughly cleaned and shaped, and a new root canal filling is placed. Finally, a temporary filling is set to close the opening in your tooth. Your dentist will remove this temporary filling at the time the tooth is restored. Following root canal treatment, your tooth is susceptible to fracturing or infection due to the loss of the temporary filling. Therefore it is imperative that you return to your dentist promptly to restore the tooth to its full functionality.

Root Canal Treatment

We begin by ensuring your comfort by administering local anesthetic to the area. A small protective sheet called a “dental dam” is placed over the tooth to provide a sterile field, thereby preventing bacteria from entering the tooth via saliva. This protective sheet is used to avoid debris, disinfectants, or instruments from inadvertently going down your throat during the root canal treatment.

Next, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth to gain access to the inflamed or infected pulp, and we clean the root canal system. This process also provides the shaping of the canal spaces to receive a root canal filling.

Finally, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening in your tooth. Your dentist will remove this temporary filling at the time the tooth is restored, usually with a crown. Following the root canal treatment, your tooth is susceptible to fracturing or infection due to the loss of the temporary filling. Therefore you must return to your dentist promptly to restore the tooth to its full functionality.

Root Canal Re-treatment

A root canal retreatment may be necessary if a previously root canal treated tooth fails to heal or if a recurrent infection is evident.
Root canals have a very high rate of success, but as with other dental procedures, infection or inflammation may occur despite our best efforts. We will be able to provide insight into potential causes and how they may be corrected. A root canal retreatment procedure may be the best option to preserve your tooth.

The root canal retreatment procedure is similar to the root canal treatment procedure, but has a few extra steps and usually requires two visits. The first visit consists of removal of all root canal filling materials and placement of an antibacterial paste called calcium hydroxide. The tooth is closed with a temporary filling material. Antibiotic medication is left in the tooth for some time to reduce the number of bacteria and give the tooth the best chances of healing.

On the second visit, we remove the calcium hydroxide paste, the canals are once again thoroughly cleaned and shaped, and a new root canal filling is placed. Finally, a temporary filling is set to close the opening in your tooth. Your dentist will remove this temporary filling at the time the tooth is restored. Following root canal treatment, your tooth is susceptible to fracturing or infection due to the loss of the temporary filling. Therefore it is imperative that you return to your dentist promptly to restore the tooth to its full functionality.

Technology

3-Dimensional Imaging

Surgical Microscopes

Digital Imaging