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What you need to know about molar extraction in Indianapolis

Finding out that you need oral surgery can seem overwhelming, but the good news is that molar extraction is a common and straightforward procedure.

Dr. Matthew Church explains what you need to know about molar extraction in Indianapolis

The reason for molar extraction

Wisdom teeth are your third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. Because these teeth are the last to emerge, they can cause problems. In many cases, there is not enough room for the teeth to erupt, which leads to impaction. Impacted teeth can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness. Wisdom teeth can also emerge partially or crooked, which can lead to overcrowding and increased risk of decay and disease.

The removal procedure

The removal process is routine. Dr. Church will discuss sedation options with you prior to the procedure. We offer both oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Once the molars have been removed, the area will be cleaned and stitched up. Gauze is placed to prevent bleeding and promote clotting.


New Patients: (317) 333-6788

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After the procedure

Some pain and swelling is common in the first few days following molar extraction. Patients are encouraged to use ice packs for swelling and take over the counter or prescribed medication as directed by Dr. Church. Patients should consume only clear cool fluids such as water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. For the first 24 hours, we recommend consuming foods like yogurt, applesauce, and cool broths. After that time, patients can eat soft foods that require chewing. 

To prevent infection, patients should avoid rinsing, flossing, and brushing the teeth for the first 24 hours. Afterward, gently brushing and rinsing regularly with salt water can help prevent infection. Typical recovery from extraction lasts 3-4 days, while some patients may need up to a week. 

For more information on molar extraction from Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis, call (317) 333-6788.

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Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


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