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Highly skilled dentist in Indianapolis explains the reasons for root canals and tooth extractions

Tooth extractions and root canals are two types of dental procedures that are often misunderstood. While the myths claim there is pain, the truth is both treatments can relieve pain caused by a toothache. The procedures for root canals and tooth extractions involve oral surgeries, which can be performed by a highly skilled dentist at Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis. Dr. Matthew Church and our team have the training and expertise to provide gentle and comfortable treatments. We are happy to explain each procedure to provide peace of mind.

Dr. Matthew Church explains the reasons for root canals and tooth extractions.


The pulp chamber in our teeth is comprised of nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues. When the pulp becomes infected, the body’s inflammatory responses set in. This can result in a painful or throbbing toothache. Left untreated, the infection can affect the bloodstream. Our dentists can typically save the natural tooth during a root canal. For treatment, we numb the affected area with local anesthetic and can administer a sedative to provide the utmost comfort. We will remove the damaged portions of the tooth, clean and disinfect it, shape the canal and then fill and seal it. We also utilize advanced technology called rotary endodontics, which facilitates precision and speed during the procedure. This can ensure minimal time in the dental chair. To protect the tooth, we typically place a dental crown on top of it. A dental crown can restore health, function, and beauty to the smile.


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Wisdom teeth can become impacted between the gum tissue and jawbone when they emerge improperly. This can lead to teeth shifting. Symptoms of impacted teeth can include a gum tissue infection surrounding the wisdom teeth, swelling, and pain. It is critical to seek treatment if you notice any of these symptoms. An extraction can provide pain relief and restore health to the smile. During the procedure, we can provide sedation including an oral sedative or nitrous oxide. After treatment, we will provide proper aftercare instructions including foods to eat and avoid during the healing and recovery period.


Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” can take the edge off during either root canals or tooth extractions. The gas is administered through a comfortable nasal mask and the effect kicks in quickly. The effect also wears off quickly, allowing patients to drive home from the appointment. 

We also can prescribe an oral sedative in pill form, which is taken before the procedure. This provides a mild to moderate level of sedation, depending on the dose. The effect kicks in quickly and can leave you feeling groggy after the procedure. Therefore, we recommend coordinating transportation to and from the appointment and plenty of rest after arriving home. 

Do you want to learn more about our gentle approach to root canals and tooth extractions? Dr. Church would be happy to talk with you during a consultation appointment. Schedule yours by calling our team at (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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