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Due to the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19, we are only seeing emergencies until further notice. If you have an urgent dental concern or dental emergency please do the following:

1) If you are patient of Dr. Brian or Myles Hastings, please call (217) 234-7423.

2) If you are a patient of Dr. William or Chris Havlik, please call (217) 234-3337.
Hastings & Havlik Family Dentistry
Hastings & Havlik Family Dentistry
The Hastings family at the dental office Dr. Chris Havlik and Dr. Bill Havlik The whole staff theme at a Christmas party A group around a dentistry-themed parade float Dr. Myles Hastings giving a training A child in a dentistry-themed parade float A Halloween presentation at the dentist's office Dr. Myles Hastings and Dr. Bill Havlik installing a sign Dr. Chris Havlik and Dr. Myles Hastings using toothbrushes as lightsabers A child and a dental hygienist smiling after tooth cleaning

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early). Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth.

Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.