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518 Hillgrove Ave #150
Western Springs, IL 60558

Common Questions

Will the treatment be painful?

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable or painful. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthesia to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth. For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after a few hours.

Will I need to return to your office for follow-ups after the procedure is finished?

Yes, for most root canal treatments, we recommend that patients return to the office one year after the procedure was finished. Our office will send a reminder notice to you when you are due for your follow-up appointment.  In the meantime, it is of the utmost importance that you see your general dentist to have the tooth permanently restored as soon as possible after treatment is completed in our office.

I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?

While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerized system, called digital radiography, that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery. These digital images can be optimized, archived, printed and sent to cotherapists via e-mail or CD-ROM.

Will I be awake for my procedure?

Yes. This is a very frequently asked question. For the procedure, you will be given local anesthetic, similar to what you would experience with any other type of dental procedure, such as a crown or filling. We do have nitrous oxide available for your comfort, for an additional fee. If this is an option you are interested in, please feel free to let us know when you make your appointment. 

Will I experience pain following the procedure?

Most patients will experience mild soreness, particularly to biting or chewing, for a few days. Everyone's rate of healing is different; some patients have discomfort for one day, some for a week. However, if you experience anything beyond mild discomfort, or if you develop any facial swelling, please call the office. 

Will I need any painkillers or an antibiotic?

We recommend that you take an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) following your procedure. If you cannot take ibuprofen, than acetaminophen (Tylenol) would be the next best thing. In certain instances, Dr. Kasper or Dr. Bell will prescribe you an antibiotic, and/or possibly a stronger pain medication for pain. All instructions regarding medication will be thoroughly reviewed with you before you leave, and you will also be given written instructions. 

Can I go back to work or school after my visit?

Yes! In fact many of our patients ask for the first appointment in the morning, or even come on their lunch break. The area of your mouth that is worked on will be numb for a few hours following your procedure, but it should not interfere at all with your day to day activities.

Can I eat after the procedure?

You can and should eat, but slowly and with caution. Your mouth will be partially numb, so care should be taken to not bite your cheek, tongue or lip. Most patients are comfortable eating something soft. It is a good idea to have food in your stomach before taking medication, so if you are not planning on eating afterwards, be sure and have breakfast or lunch beforehand.

Can I drive myself to my appointment?

Yes. You will not be sedated for your appointment. Local anesthetic will be administered, similar to how you would feel for a typical dental visit such as a crown or filling. 

How soon should I see my restorative dentist after my root canal therapy?

We recommend that you call your restorative dentist as soon as possible to make your follow-up appointment. Dentists' schedules tend to book quickly. It is recommended that you have your permanent restoration placed ASAP, but not longer than one month after the procedure. This step is imperative for the long-term prognosis of your tooth. 

How long will my filling last?

The filling placed in the biting surface of your tooth is designed to last ideally two to four weeks, not longer than six to eight weeks. It is crucial to see your general dentist for a permanent restoration. Waiting longer than eight weeks can cause your temporary filling to leak, thus contaminating your newly completed root canal therapy.

Why does the doctor use a microscope during treatment?

Dr. Kasper, Dr. Bell  and their assistants use the microscope throughout every dental procedure. The microscope provides optimum visibility and illumination to give you the best treatment outcome possible. Microscopes are essential in providing endodontic treatment at the highest level, and they have numerous clinical benefits:

  • The microscope allows for the use of smaller instruments and more precision during treatment. Conservation of tooth structure is the key to the best, longest-lasting outcomes.
  • The increased magnification of the microscope allows Dr. Kasper and Dr. Bell to minimize the size of the operative site, thereby minimizing healing time.
  • The microscope allows Dr. Kasper and Dr. Bell to identify tooth canals and locate problems such as cracks and root fractures.

The use of the microscope increases efficiency and often saves you from additional and more complex procedures.


Are you a member of my insurance network?

Dr. Kasper and Dr. Bell are not members of any insurance network plans.  However, as long as you are in a plan that allows you to see a dentist of your choice (PPO), we will file your insurance for you and maximize your benefits.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept cash, personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Do you have any type of financing available?

Our office accepts Care Credit.  You can learn more about Care Credit at  or by calling them toll free at (800) 365.8295.  We accept Care Credit’s 6 month & 12 month, zero interest plans.  We do not offer any in-office financing or payment plans.

Who files my insurance?

We are always happy to file your insurance for you.  Be aware that your estimated deposit is due at the time dental treatment is initiated.

518 Hillgrove Ave #150
Western Springs, IL 60558