Root Canal Dental SERVICES

Root Canal Therapy in Mill Creek, WA


Root canals can help save a tooth that has a severe infected pulp and can also prevent the infection from causing painful abscesses. Your root canal Mill Creek, WA dentist, Dr. Szerszen, provides advanced root canals for patients with damaged teeth by incorporating cutting edge endodontic procedures for minimizing discomfort and facilitating the procedure.

Signs and symptoms of a dental infection which may require a root canal include toothache, darkening of the tooth, swelling around the tooth, and an increase in sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Unless your root canal dentist in Mill Creek, WA, can initiate treatment as soon as possible, a pulp infection could lead to a lost tooth and the need for more extensive dental procedures.

Our Mill Creek dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area with a powerful anesthetic injected directly into the gums for the initial step in the process. Patients will not feel any pain during this procedure but may sense pressure while Dr. Szerszen cleans and packs the tooth. In the beginning, an “access cavity” is created using a dental drill. This cavity is a small hole extending from the dental enamel into the pulp chamber, or inner part of the tooth where the infection exists. During the access cavity stage of a root canal, our dentist will also remove decayed portions of the tooth before disinfecting and shaping the root canals and pulp chamber

For a tooth that is infected, damaged, or decayed, root canal therapy treatment may be the best solution. Root canals are used to save your natural tooth by removing the pulp, nerves, and any bacteria. The space left behind is filled with medicated dental materials that restore the function of the tooth.

Extraction Alternatives

  • Root canal therapy is a successful option for our Mill Creek patients. Many patients believe that the only option for a severely decayed tooth is to remove it.
  • The indications for tooth root canal treatment include the sensitivity to hot and cold, severe tooth pain, swelling or tenderness, abscess on the gums, or there may be no symptoms present.
  • Reasons for root canal may also include injury or trauma, decay that has reached the pulp, and infection within the tooth.
Root canal treatment will involve more than one appointment

  • Dr. Szerszen, our dentist in Mill Creek, WA may perform the root canal therapy or you may be referred to a specialist for various difficult circumstances.
  • During your first appointment, the root canal procedure is to initially numb the tooth and isolate it using a rubber dam. This keeps the tooth dry from saliva and blood. Once isolated the dentist creates an access to the inside of the tooth, and all of the infected pulp tissue is removed. Once cleaned, the tooth is sealed from further infection by a permanent filling. In some cases, it’s necessary to place a crown after the root canal treatment is completed. This may take multiple appointments.

Following each visit with Dr. Szerszen, our Mill Creek patients will receive home care instructions for how to care of the tooth that has had  the recent root canal treatment. Remember regular dental visits combined with good eating habits and oral hygiene help lengthen the life of the root canal. Following the treatment, your tooth maybe sensitive. This sensitivity will decrease overtime and as the inflammation subsides.

If you are suffering from toothaches or dental pain, schedule an examination appointment today by contacting Family Dental Care of Mill Creek at (425) 745-9420


16030 Bothell Everett Hwy, Suite 260 Mill Creek, WA 98012


(425) 745-9420