Root Canals Specialist

Silver Lake Dental Care

Andrew P. Sholudko, DMD

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Silver Lake, Everett, WA

Each year countless teeth are saved from requiring extraction, thanks to a root canal procedure. With 30 years of experience, Dr. Andrew Sholudko of Silver Lake Dental Care in Silver Lake, Everett, Washington, offers unparalleled skill in performing root canals. Contact us by phone or online to learn how a root canal can restore your dental health.

Root Canals Q & A

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

If you’re having severe tooth pain, you may have an infection that requires a root canal. Dr. Sholudko will examine your teeth to see if you have signs of needing a root canal. These include:

  • Tooth pain when you’re eating or when you place pressure on the area
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discoloration or darkening of your tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling of your gums near the area of pain

What happens during a root canal?

A root canal involves removing the infected tooth pulp (and sometimes the nerve) from your tooth and sealing it to protect against future pain and infection.

Here’s what you can expect from a root canal procedure:

  • We’ll take an X-ray to determine the extent of your tooth and root infection.
  • We’ll apply a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.
  • Next, we’ll drill an access hole into the tooth and use special tools to remove the damaged nerve and pulp tissue.
  • Once the infected material is removed, we’ll either seal the tooth or apply a temporary filling until your customized crown is ready.
  • Depending on your situation, a crown, filling or other tooth restoration will complete the procedure. Most people say that it’s similar to having a cavity filled.

Is a root canal painful?

Everyone’s tooth sensitivity and pain levels are different. After a root canal, you may have some discomfort for a few days. If you experience pain, call Dr. Sholudko for a follow-up exam. If you find that your teeth are more sensitive after your root canal, use a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you don’t irritate the area where you had the root canal.

Should I get a crown after my root canal?

After a root canal, you’ll need a crown. It’s a simple procedure that protects your tooth and helps guard against future infection. Root canals happen -- they’re simply a normal part of most people’s dental history. With more than 30 years of experience, you can trust Silver Lake Dental Care to take care of your smile. Contact us by phone or online to see how we can make a difference.