When the nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay or infection, a root canal may be required. The compromised tooth may become extremely sensitive to pressure and temperature or cause intense pain. In the advanced stages of decay and infection, an abscess will form.

When confronting significant decay or infection, there are usually two options: either pull the affected tooth or save it through a root canal in Rockville, Maryland. When extracting a compromised tooth, significant and costly dental problems will arise for the adjacent teeth. In the end, tooth extraction may cause more problems than it solves. A root canal is a much more desirable alternative, as it will restore function to the tooth and mouth and will not cause any future problems with surrounding teeth.

The reasons Dr. Chetan Parikh will recommend root canal therapy include the following:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
  • Development of infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip
  • Trauma or injury to the tooth

The restoration that a root canal provides will usually last a lifetime. It will restore function back to your tooth and mouth. Please call us to schedule your next dental appointment and learn how you can achieve a healthy smile through restorative dentistry.


Root canal procedures will usually require one or more visit to Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, DABCDSM. Using special instruments, our dentist will remove pulp, nerve tissue, bacteria, and tooth decay (if present). Our dentist has been trained in endodontics (root canals) at the University of Pennsylvania, whose endodontic department is world-renowned. Dr. Chetan Parikh has performed over two thousand successful root canals, so you know that you are in good hands.


Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is sealed by either a permanent filling or a temporary filling, depending on the need of additional appointments.

During the following appointment (usually a week later) the roots and the inner cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with medicated materials. At this point, Dr. Chetan Parikh will place a crown to prevent further breakage, restore the function of the tooth, and to protect the tooth.


It is normal to experience some pain or discomfort shortly after the treatment. All pain will subside as your mouth heals. The dentist will give you some care and instructions regarding how to maintain health and function in the mouth, as well as recommendations on how to care for your mouth during the healing process.


To prevent any future infection and decay, remember to practice good oral hygiene, including attending regular visits with our dentist.