The main purpose of dental care is to keep your smile healthy so that you can keep your natural teeth well into old age. However, when a tooth gets to a point where it becomes too damaged to repair with conservative treatments, an extraction can become necessary to protect your oral health and prevent further damage. Here at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, your dentists, Drs. Matthew Pierce and Lane Severe, offer cosmetic and general dentistry services to improve and restore your smile and oral health.
When is an Extraction Necessary?
In most cases, extraction will be the last resort for an irreparable tooth. The most common reasons to have a tooth extracted include:
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- Severe tooth decay
- Abscessed (infected) tooth
- Trauma (for example if the tooth breaks off below the gum line, or the injury to the tooth is too severe to treat)
- Over crowding
How to Know if You Need a Tooth Extracted
The best way to protect your smile is to maintain a high level of oral health by practicing good oral hygiene and regularly going to the dentist for preventive care, dental exams, and professional cleaning every six months. However, even with all of this preparation, accidents happen and are sometimes unavoidable. Consequently, you should visit our Seymour office if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Pus around a tooth/signs of an infection
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Dark spots on the tooth
Find a Dentist in Seymour, IN
For more information about dental extractions and how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, contact Jackson County Dental today by dialing 812-522-8608. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe.