Root Canals

Ella DerMinassian, DDS -  - General Dentist

Fallsgrove Park Dental

Ella DerMinassian, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentist located in Rockville, MD

Don’t let an infected tooth cause you pain and compromise your dental health. At Fallsgrove Park Dental, Ella DerMinassian, DDS, provides root canals to protect and improve the dental health of you and your loved ones. If you have questions about a root canal and you’re looking for an experienced and compassionate dental team, you’re in the right place at Fallsgrove Park Dental. Call the office in Rockville, Maryland, to schedule an appointment or use the online booking tool. We also service the nearby areas of Gaithersburg, and North Potomac, MD.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a common procedure that can help save your tooth from requiring extraction. The team at Fallsgrove Park Dental is skillfully trained in this method, and Dr. DerMinassian can discuss any concerns, questions, or anxiety you may have about the treatment.

Many years ago, dentists just extracted damaged or diseased teeth. Today, we can save your infected tooth with a root canal treatment.

Why would I need a root canal?

The sensitive tissue around the root of your tooth can become inflamed if the damaged or infected pulp is not removed, which results in pain and swelling. If you don’t experience any pain, it could still cause damage to the bone that clamps the tooth in your jaw.

If you don’t receive the necessary treatment, the tooth will eventually need to be removed.

Is a root canal painful?

Since Dr. DerMinassian performs root canals using local anesthesia, any discomfort experienced will be minimal.

For a few days following your procedure, you might have a little soreness and sensitivity in the area. You can use over-the-counter pain medications to help relieve your discomfort. If your pain lasts for more than a few days, you should contact Fallsgrove Park Dental.

After the healing process is complete, the infection will be gone and you will be free of pain. 

What can I expect with a root canal?

The process begins with a consultation at Fallsgrove Park Dental. Once you’re ready to move forward with the procedure, Dr. DerMinassian numbs the area around your infected tooth before making a small hole in your tooth. She uses the WaveOne® innovative dental tool for faster, more comfortable root canals. 

Dr. DerMinassian uses the WaveOne tool to shape your root canal and get rid of all bacteria. She carefully removes any signs of infection before placing a special dental solution to kill bacteria inside.

A rubbery dental material is then added to fill in the area before sealing the site to complete your root canal procedure. Dr. DerMinassian often fits a white ceramic crown over your tooth after a root canal to protect the area. 

To learn about the benefits of a root canal, call Fallsgrove Park Dental or request an appointment online today.