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A Solution for Painful Teeth
In many cases, a root canal, more appropriately called endodontic treatment, is the most effective way to save a tooth that has become decayed, infected, or traumatized in some way. Rather than extract the offending tooth, endodontic treatment removes the pulp of the tooth, enabling the tooth itself to continue to function normally–minus the pain and the initial problem.
See your Dental Associates of Northern Virginia – City of Falls Church dentist in Falls Church to ensure you get the endodontic care you need to avoid an unnecessary tooth extraction.
What exactly is a root canal?
A root canal involves removal of the soft tissue pulp that lies just below the tooth’s hard surface, called enamel or dentin. This pulp holds the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels so necessary for tooth growth during development.
Sometimes, the pulp becomes damaged due to infection, decay, or trauma. In other cases, a tooth may just be poorly positioned. In either case, the soft tissue pulp will need to be removed once it becomes inflamed or infected. Otherwise, it can lead to pain and swelling, or if left untreated, possibly even an abscess.
The root canal procedure.
If your dentist decides you need a root canal, this infected, but non-essential pulp will be removed so that the area can be disinfected. After disinfection, the pulp will be replaced with gutta-percha, a soft, safe, rubber-like material. Once the area heals, your tooth should function normally again. Even without the problem pulp, the tooth will continue to receive nourishment from the surrounding tissue.
The benefits of a root canal.
A root canal should improve both the appearance and the functionality of a formerly infected or damaged tooth. After a successful endodontic procedure, you should find you are able to bite and chew just as you did before your tooth experienced problems. Equally important, saving the problem tooth helps prevent undue stress on the teeth surrounding it.
What to expect during a root canal.
The type of endodontic therapy you need depends on where the problem tooth is located—anterior tooth, posterior tooth or molar–and how serious the trauma, infection or inflammation is. Typically, an endodontic treatment will be completed in one to two office visits.
Root canal retreatment.
In some cases, a root canal may become re-infected. If this happens, you will require a second root canal, called a root canal retreatment. This second procedure helps promote healing by ensuring a proper healing environment.
How to tell if you need a root canal?
The overwhelming clue as to whether or not you need endodontic treatment is pain. Once a tooth becomes traumatized or infected, the area surrounding it will swell and become red. You may also experience difficulty chewing or biting. In some cases, a broken tooth may expose the nerve.
Whatever the case, the most likely indication that you need treatment will be tooth pain. If you have specific questions about endodontic treatment, ask your Dental Associates of Northern Virginia – City of Falls Church dentist for guidance. He or she will explain your options in detail.
How uncomfortable is a root canal?
Often the subject of jokes, a root canal is actually a fairly routine dental procedure. Your Dental Associates of Northern Virginia – City of Falls Church dentist will discuss the procedure options with you beforehand, as well as any special care instructions you’ll need to follow afterward.
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Nikki, the hygienist, was great and accommodating. Pleasure to see Dr. Hermann again. I wish him a happy retirement. I’ve been seeing him since I was 7. I’m 31 now. Fantastic office and staff.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Herrmann since the beginning of his dental practice in Falls Church, over twenty years! He handles dental procedures some dentists will not do. I know of no dentist more knowledgeable and competent than Dr. Herrmann. If you have an urgent dental concern, he and his office will respond and take care of you promptly. I don’t know if he is accepting new patients, but if…
I highly recommend Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry. Nicole has been my hygienist for several years, and she is fantastic! She’s very thorough, careful, and most of all friendly and so easy to work with. The whole team are true professionals, and I know that my teeth are in great hands for many years to come! Thanks again to Nicole and everyone at Herrmann & Desio.
Most would agree that going to the dentist is the worst but at Dr. Herrmann & Desio it was a pleasure. From the friendly front desk staff to the excellent hygienist Niki, who left my teeth super clean, and of course Dr. Herrmann who is such a sweetheart. I would recommend this practice to everyone.
I’ve been a patient of Drs. Herrmann and Desio for over 20 years. They are both caring and gentle professionals, and their office staff is top notch. In my late 50s I decided to try Invisilign. Drs. Herrmann and Desio and their staff worked with me for almost two years to straighten my teeth. The practice is located just off Route 66 in East Falls Church making it easy to get to by car, Metr…
I am a new patient at Hermann and Desio Dental and as embarassing it is to say this, I haven’t had dental work done in a long time. The whole staff was very friendly and made me feel comfortable, less embarassed, and was very easy to talk to. Everyone had such positive attitudes which made the experience less stressful and enjoyable. I saw Dr. Hermann who was clear, concise, and educational.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Desio and his associates for the past ten years. They offer great customer service, dental care and the most up to date technology and procedures. I’ve just had my implants done by Dr. Desio and they feel great. Nicole took care of my cleaning and was gentle and courteous. They’re the best!
I am a new client, previous dentist retired so I was looking for some local to Falls Church City. Dr. Herrmann and staff provided a welcoming environment and were very professional and honest. After my appointment I felt like I had been a client for years. I highly recommend them.
I have been going to this practice for many years. Everyone on the staff always treats me as an individual, not as just another mouth to clean and check. I feel like the dental care is top-notch, as well: definitely thorough, but not overly interventionist. Scheduling and re-scheduling appointments is easy.
My wife and I have been coming to Dr. Herrmann since we moved to the area four years ago. We always have a great experience and have never have to sit in the waiting room. Nicole is wonderful hygienist and always finds a way to make me laugh. I highly recommend Herman & Desio to anyone in NOVA who is looking for a top notch dentist.
I’ve been coming to see Drs. Hermann and Desio for over 20 years. I continue to make the trip from out of town twice each year, because I know a good thing, when I’ve found it! The entire staff is friendly, helpful, and my hygienist and I have become inseparable. They actually remember my dental issues, and we can discuss any necessary services from a place of mutual understanding.
To go to the dentist here is easy and frankly, fun! I am so relaxed in the care of Donna Maffeo and Dr. Herrmann that I typically take a nap while I’m being worked on. These folks are THAT good and I would – and do – recommend them whenever I can!
Dr Herrmann is a very good and kind doctor . His office is a wonderful place for those who dread the dentist . Friendly people and bright pretty office. I have taken my son here also and referred many friends. I have lived In this area 36 yrs and he is the best I have found .
Very good work. I have always had difficult teeth and they have done a great job for me with cleanings and fillings. Gentle touch and good results here.
Been going here for years. Very friendly and capable dentists, hygenists, and staff. Demonstrated expertise and balanced advice. Highly recommend them.
Highly recommend this practice. Dr. Herrmann and Desio are wonderful. I love seeing my hygienist Nikki!!!
Today i had my first appointment with Dr. Herrmann. I was very pleased with his mannerisms and empthy to my condition. He was very attentive and made me feel at ease. His assistant was Thea. She made me very comfortable while taking xrays and as a patient. The receptionist/Linda was welcoming and helpful as well. I can honestly say that today i enjoyed going to the dentist and look forward to my n…
Always have a good experience here! Great doctors and staff.
My hygenist Nikki, was awesome in getting me all cleaned up today. She was ALL up N my Grille ….i couldnt pick a better staff to work with or to get my oral hyg.on point, so thank u guys for keeping my oral care on point.
I’ve been going here since I graduated from pharmacy school in 2012. Dr. Desio and his staff are kind, caring and extremely professional. I recommend his practice without my highest & fullest recommendation.
I have visited this practice for the past 15 years. Highly professional. Super friendly staff. Top notch.
Always friendly and professional, great service.
Love this practice. They were recommended to me by other moms in town.
Very thorough and friendly. It was my first time at this dentist and it felt like a very comfortable experience overall.
I’ve been coming here for years and have always had a very pleasant experience. Everyone remembers my name and knows who I am, which seems to be increasingly rare at other offices. Appointments are pain-free and Dr. Hermann is consistently knowledgeable and helpful.
Been a patient for over 10 years. Always amazing customer service and care. Thank you!
I first came to Dr. Desio on a referral from a friend after a bad experience. I was scared, and Dr. Desio was kind, reassuring, and honest. All entire team members are all the same way. 15 years later, we’ve been through root canals and Invisalign together. I cannot recommend Dr. Desio and his team highly enough.
The dentists and staff are highly professional and super friendly. I have gone to Dr Hermann for the past 15 years and he is magnificent. Nicole (from Chicago) regularly attends to my dental needs and she is first rate in addition to being very friendly. I look forward to my dental visits! This is a five star practice.
All of the staff were very friendly, jovial, and helpful with a first-time patient.
All the employees were very friendly and got me in and out in a very timely manner.
The most thorough dental examination I’ve had. Friendly, professional, and clean.
Nicole A is the best. I’ve been coming to Dr. Herrmann for over 5 years and have received excellent care. Highly recommend.
Quality service that’s well worth the value. They find underlying issues and seek to treat them before they get to the drilling phase.
From the time I connect with their team. They were fantastic. Thorough and get follow through. Team was professional and hospitable. Dr. Hermann has a good sense of humor and love baseball. They genuinely want to connect with me not just as a patient but as a human being. Thank you.
From the time I connected with their team. They were fantastic. Thorough and get follow through. Team was professional and hospitable. Dr. Hermann has a good sense of humor and love baseball. They genuinely want to connect with me not just as a patient but as a human being. Thank you.
super welcoming. text reminders for appointments make it easy to remember to show up! great job with any repairs I’ve required. I was able to call after chipping a tooth and they fit me in right away to repair. it’s always comfortable and quality work.
I have been going to this dental practice for a little over a year now, and definitely don’t have any complaints about the professional service. I’m shocked at some of the other negative reviews on here. I have been met with nothing but kindness and professionalism since I’ve been coming here. Nicole(dental hygienist) is usually the one that does my dental cleaning when I have my…
Fantastic office! From the friendly hygienists to the most knowledgeable staff, my family and I appreciate them making it so enjoyable!!
My family and I have been coming to this wonderful practice for over a decade. Dr. Desio, Linda, Nocole A, Teresa, Thea and the entire team take great care of us from standard dental care to Invisalign, implants and any urgent needs that have occurred. I wouldn’t go anywhere else and highly recommend them!
Two weeks ago, Dr. Herrmann extracted two of my wisdom teeth. I got to say, I was very nervous about the whole process, but Dr. Herrmann and his assistant Thea, made it better for me. The next day, I was back to work! Dr. Herrmann, Desio anf their staff are the Best!
Nicole A. is my hygienist, and she’s the best. I used to dislike cleanings and going the dentist in general but that changed when I began seeing her. I’ve been going to see her for a few years now, and besides providing me with great cleanings, she’s full of old-fashioned midwest charm. Nicole A. is a real human being – certainly makes you feel like one too. I really apprec…
No one does it better. The offices are welcoming, the staff are extraordinary, and the treatments are as comfortable as possible. Cleanings are a breeze and take place in an environment that feels less like a dental office than it does a well cared for home. Estimates are available for more advanced treatments so there are no surprises, and the front office have my insurance company dialed in perf…
Every member of this office has the best bedside manner and service I’ve encountered at a dental office. Because of a job change that prompted an insurance change, we had to leave the practice a few years ago. We returned last spring and were reminded of how much we missed them. The front office staff is welcoming and helpful with scheduling around a family of 5! The dental hygienists and de…
Nicole is hilarious! Great experience!
Dr Herrmann and his staff were wonderful. Easy to make an appointment, friendly staff, and terrific teeth cleaning.
I highly recommend Dr. Hermann and his team. Very professional and warm service. Nicole does a fabulous job as well!
Great practice!! Highly recommend both doctors!!
Best dentist and hygienist ever!!! So friendly!!! They keep my amazing smile going!!!
Dr. Herrmann is the best. He’s the only dentist I will go to and Linda and the whole staff are wonderful.
Dr Herrmann was thorough in examining my teeth, and took his time answering all my questions. Nicole did a great job cleaning my teeth, and provided lots of good tips on taking care of teeth. Teresa (nurse) was great in explaining the processes. Everyone at the clinic is very friendly, and made feel welcomed as a new patient.
As always, a great visit with Nicole and Dr. Desio.
I have been to these guys for over 10 years. Friendly faces and honest work. I look forward to many more years with the Design office.
Great service and excellent care.
As always Dr. Henry Herrmann and staff were kind, gentle and efficient.
Love this dental group! Nicole is the best! Easy parking and affordable prices!
Very professional treatment done with care . The technician was informative at each step, and answered several of my questions concerning gumbo irritation.
Have been coming here for years and they have always been so friendly. Perfect for families and for an overall wonderful experience.
Very friendly staff that made everything super easy. I did not have to wait at all and I was in and out quickly. I strongly recommend coming here.
Sylvana was excellent.
Super nice people who work here and they do a great, and thorough job at cleaning your teeth! I strongly recommend this dentist!
Excellent practice!! The Dr and all of the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I’ve referred my friends and family.
Staff is wonderful. Hygienists are friendly and sensitive to your dental needs. Both Herrman and Desio are fantastic. I have been a patient for more than 7 years and have always been happy with everyone in this practice. Thank you.
i had a great dental experience with Dr. Desio and all the staff. They were very patient supportive.
It’s always a pleasure to come to the offices of Hermann & Desio. I LOVE Donna and she always does such a good job. Everyone is so pleasant!
Great, friendly office. Cleaning is efficient! Pleasant experience overall.
My experience was great today as Danielle is really good and easy to talk with and Dr. Desio is always fun to chat with.
Very friendly. As enjoyable as a trip to the dentist can be. Nicole is awesome
My experience at the office was excellent, the staff was very friendly and prompt. I will definitely recommend Drs. Herrmann & Desio to all of my friends and family.
Great practice – I trust their advice about my teeth.
I have been a patient of Drrs. Herrmann and Desio for 8 years now and over this time brought my extended family to their practice as well. They and their staff have been consistently thorough and attentive to my particular dental situation and always made sure that during treatment and cleaning I was comfortable and aware of the proceedure. Their scheduling and wait time has always been efficient…
I was a little early and the tech was able to take me early. I always try to be on time or early and appreciate it when I can be taken early. She was very efficient and knowledgeable. I was in and out in a timely manner.
Exceptional people and service.
Wonderful experience. Now i can smile like I want just because of dr Herman . Amazing and friendly staff . Wonderful service. I will recommend everyone to come here .❤️
I have been coming to this office for years and love it! Everyone in the office is friendly and professional – would recommend this office to anyone!
Great service! Appointment reminders via text message. Wouldn’t go anywhere else:
My wife and I have been coming to Dr. Herrmann since we moved to the area four years ago. We always have a great experience and have never have to sit in the waiting room. Nicole is wonderful hygienist and always finds a way to make me laugh. I highly recommend Herman Desio to anyone in NOVA who is looking for a top notch dentist.
Wonderful experience. Now i can smile like I want just because of dr Herman . Amazing and friendly staff . Wonderful service. I will recommend everyone to come here .❤️👌👌
Very satisfied with my visit and the staff
Great practice! Love Nicole and Dr. Hermann. Cleanings and crowns have been great. Evelyn in the front is very helpful with insurance coverage.
Highly skilled, professional and compassionate dental care team.
As always, a good experience. I was taken in on time, everyone greeted me by name, explained what was going to happen and asked before doing anything that would cost extra (x-rays).
Staff is very friendly and professional. I know my teeth are well taken care of by my dental hygienist and Dr. Herrmann.
My hygienist was very friendly and professional.
Everything went fine. Nicole is great!!
It’s always a pleasure to see Dr. Desio, who does excellent work and is very concerned about the patient’s comfort.
Drs. Hermann and Desio and experienced professionals who provide top quality patient treatment and ongoing support. Their staff is friendly, capable and efficient, able to put patients at ease and to make dental visits pleasant. I hold the practice in high regard and have been a satisfied patient for over 20 years.
This was my first appointment with Dr. desio and I was very happy with his exam and overall care. He was thorough, knowledgeable and had excellent manners. The cleaning I received was the best one I’ve ever had. The entire office environment is very friendly. I definitely will continue to go to his practice.
Appreciated the assertive attention to detail and professionalism by the doctor and dentist. I appreciate the business offices knowledge about my dental insurance and ability to find an appointment that fits my schedule for the next visit.
I have been seeing Dr. Desio and Dr. Herrmann for close to 3 years now. I was so impressed with how thorough they are with the initial exam and every time I have visited since. They are so pleasant – it’s nice to be known personally when you visit a doctor. Nicole makes getting my teeth cleaned a painless process! I am so glad I was able to find a great dentist when I moved to Alexandr…
I have been a patient for over 20 years and have only good things to say about Drs. Hermann & Desio. Professional, warm, friendly, generous, and skilled.
Top notch professional care and very comfortable friendly staff!
I was late and still taken care of promptly and professionally. I’ve had many root canals in my life. This was probably the most comfortable one.
Outstanding, timely service. Excellent advice for preventive care.
Dr. Herrmann and staff are very friendly and professional. Outstanding!
I’ve always been a bit of a “chicken” when it comes to dental visits. After 10 years of treatment, Dr. Herrmann hasn’t broken any eggs yet! Seriously, the Dr., his staff, and my hygienist, Nicole, are all top notch, and worth the (50 mile) trip to see.
No wait. No pain. No complaints. Pleasant staff.
The staff is friendly and personable which makes the experience comfortable.
After 25 years, still very satisfied. My hygenist, Donna, is efficient and thorough and an overall pleasant and professional person.
Dr Herrmann is a very good and kind doctor . His office is a wonderful place for those who dresd the dentist . Friendly people and bright pretty office. I have taken my son here also and referred many friends. I have lived In this area 36 yrs and he is the best I have found .
This practice is great from the front desk, to the hygienists, to the Drs. They are as good at listening as they are at explaining things while being professional and kind
Dr. Herrmann and his staff are beyond wonderful. I am so fortunate to have such a caring and knowledgeable dentist. They are prompt, careful, able to handle major dental problems and they keep me at ease and comfortable. He is definitely the best dentist in town!!!!
Very pleasant, friendly, and professional folk all around!
Excellent, as always. They fit me in the same day I called, about a crown coming loose. Had me fixed up & on my way in less than half an hour.
My appointment was stress free!! Everyone was extremely professional. I would easily recommend this dental practice!!
I’ve been a client for years, and have recommended this practice to many friends. The doctors and hygienists are excellent and the front desk staff is friendly, helpful, and efficient.
Good as usual. Donna always does a wonderful job cleaning my teeth
The cleaning was efficient. The recommendation to switch to Sonicare was appreciated.
Went straight in. Everything done to make me comfortable. Everyone giving smiles and a very pleasant, happy atmosphere.
On time and professional as I’ve come to expect!
Everyone is always so pleasant, helpful and upbeat. Thank you so much!
Friendly, welcoming staff puts you at ease
Fabulous experience! The doctors, hygienists, and other staff members are all very helpful, thorough, and caring. The office is technically out of network for my insurance, but I’m willing to pay a little more to go there! Thanks!
I came in for a checkup and described some pain in a section of my mouth. Dr. Herrmann quickly diagnosed the problem as a small crack, and drilled it and filled it on the spot. super efficient! Donna consistently does a bang up job cleaning my teeth and providing recommendations to keep them in good shape. My 6 year old son had his first cavity recently, and he returned from the filling proudly sa…
A very pleasant and professional visit.
My hygienist did an excellent job cleaning and polishing my teeth. Everything went smoothly and punctually.
Always a good experience. Have been a patient of Dr Desio’s since 1998. Great service.
Excellent. all staff members were polite and efficient. Dr. Desio is a great motivator. No other dentist has convinced me that daily flossing is important to my overall health. I think he might have used the words “It just takes a few minutes before going to bed.” Whatever……it worked. I will miss all of you as I move to CA.
My experience was excellent as always.I got 2 for 1 a wonderful cleaning and a wonderful filling that I didn’t have to get any shots and both one trip. Thanks so much, Betty White
As always, Dr Herrmann and his team (especially Theresa) were on time, informative, and gentle — which is amazing, considering there were two new crowns to install and two sets of impressions to make.
Always professional and a pleasant experience.
Hygienist is best I have ever had. Front desk staff is extremely helpful and friendly