Root Canals

Dental Treatment in Frederick, MD

At Monocacy Valley Dental, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile – period. That's why we're proud to provide a wide range of dental treatments to our patients, offering everything from cosmetic dentistry to comprehensive restorative treatment. Our Frederick dentist, Dr. Motz, is an expert in a variety of treatments and techniques and has completed over 500 hours of continuing education since receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, making him well-qualified for all the procedures we offer, and that includes root canal treatment.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a routine, minor dental procedure that can save a tooth that would otherwise be lost, preventing a lot of pain in the long-run. Root canals are used to treat teeth where a cavity or infection reaches the soft, fleshy dental pulp at the center of the tooth. This is a very serious situation, and left untreated, would likely result in the loss of the tooth and an even more serious infection. By removing the diseased tissue and replacing it with a strong, biocompatible filler material, we're able to save the tooth and restore your healthy smile.

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal is a routine procedure that's completed in one to three dental visits. First, your Frederick dentist will carefully remove the infected tissue from the tooth and the root. After removing damaged tissue, your dentist will carefully clean and seal the interior of the tooth, then fill it with a strong dental composite. Depending on the extent of the decay, we may finish the procedure by placing a dental crown to protect the tooth from further damage.

Why would I need a root canal?

The most common reason for a root canal is a cavity that eats all the way through the enamel and dentin of a tooth, reaching the fleshy dental pulp at the center of the tooth. Without treatment, this can cause pain, swelling, and potentially lead to an abscess. This can not only injure your jawbone, but can be a detriment to your overall health and can ultimately result in the loss of the tooth.

Only a qualified dentist can determine if a root canal is right for you, but there are some common signs and symptoms that a root canal may be necessary. Signs that you may need a root canal include:

  • Severe tooth sensitivity
  • Prolonged discomfort or pain from hot or cold temperatures
  • Severe toothache
  • Pain when chewing or putting pressure on the teeth
  • Dark discoloration on the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums


Contact Your Frederick, MD Dentist

A root canal is a simple, convenient, and virtually painless procedure that can save your tooth and repair your smile, and if you think you might need a root canal, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about the root canal procedure, our practice in general, and what next steps you can take to restore your healthy smile. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!