Extractions and
Root Canals

Root Canals

When the pulp of such a tooth is infected or irreversibly inflamed, Root Canal Treatment becomes necessary. Preserving teeth with good functional and aesthetic qualities, along with strong gum and bone support, is crucial whenever possible. If a tooth maintains its structural integrity or can be restored effectively, saving it with a root canal is preferable to extraction. 

Although the term “Root Canal” can evoke anxiety, the procedure itself is typically painless. It’s often the discomfort, sensitivity, or swelling associated with an infected tooth that people remember, the Root Canal Treatment is the solution.
Patients can expect mild to moderate post-operative discomfort, usually well-managed with pain relievers and care to avoid biting down for a few days.

The Procedure

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat infected or damaged tooth pulp. During a root canal, Dr. Caoueette carefully removes the infected or inflamed pulp from inside the tooth’s root canals. This process involves creating a small access opening in the tooth’s crown to reach the pulp chamber.

Once the pulp is removed, the canals are cleaned, shaped, and disinfected to remove any bacteria or debris. The cleaned canals are then filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha, which seals the canals to prevent further infection. The tooth is then sealed with a filling or crown to restore its strength and function.

Root canal treatment relieves pain and saves teeth that would otherwise need extraction. Contrary to common misconceptions, the procedure is usually pain-free and helps preserve the natural tooth structure.

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity, we can see you to determine if root canal treatment is necessary to save your tooth and restore your oral health.

The Procedure

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure performed to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. There are various reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, such as severe decay, tooth fractures or advanced periodontal (gum) disease.

During a tooth extraction, Dr. Caouette numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. For more complex cases or multiple extractions, sedation options are available to help ensure a comfortable experience.

The tooth is then carefully loosened and gently removed from its socket using specialized instruments. After extraction, our team will place gauze over the site to control bleeding and promote clotting. You will also be provided with post-operative care instructions to facilitate healing and minimize complications.

If you’re experiencing dental issues that may require extraction, consult with our team to discuss your options and determine the best course of action for your oral health.

 An IV sedation will often be recommended for wisdom teeth extractions to make the procedure as comfortable as possible; this also allows us to administer medications that help minimize postoperative pain and swelling.

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Extractions

When are extractions necessary?

  • Pulp infection – If decay or trauma is not addressed early, infection and tooth damage may become so severe that root canal therapy is not recommended. A Pulp infection can spread to soft tissues, creating an abscess, or worse, a life-threatening cellulitis.
  • Advanced Periodontal disease – Advanced gum disease that cannot be managed and treatment prognosis is poor.
  • Breakage or Root Fracture– If breakage or a fracture extends below the gum-line beyond a level of reasonable repair.
  • Severe crowding – Extractions may avoid twisting and overlaps that spoil the look of your smile, and create nooks where tooth decay and gum disease prevail.
  • In preparation for severe crowding orthodontic cases, or dentures.
  • Wisdom teeth – Third molars may crowd healthy teeth or cause mouth pain from a surrounding bacterial infection. The spread of this type of infection can be life threatening. Some stay impacted, not fully emerging from bone or soft tissue.

Dr. Caouette handles most exactions, including wisdom tooth extractions in office.

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