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By Matthew Pierce, DDS
July 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

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.


Removing a problem tooth (extraction) is a common dental procedure. But not all extractions are alike — depending on the type of tooth, its location and extenuating circumstances, you may need an oral surgeon to perform it.

Fortunately, that's not always the case. Teeth with straight or cone-shaped roots, like an upper front tooth, have a fairly straight removal path. A general dentist first carefully manipulates the tooth loose from the periodontal ligament fibers that help hold it in place (experienced dentists, in fact, develop a “feel” for this process). Once it's loosened from the fibers it's a simple motion to remove the tooth.

But as mentioned before, a “simple extraction” won't work with every tooth or situation. To find out if it can we'll first need to determine the true shape of the tooth and roots, as well as the condition of the supporting bone. We might find any number of issues during this examination that make a simple extraction problematic.

For example, teeth with multiple roots (especially in back) may have complicated removal paths. If the roots themselves are unhealthy and brittle from previous injury or a root canal treatment, they can fracture into smaller pieces during removal. A tooth could also be impacted — it hasn't fully erupted but remains below the gum surface. It's these types of situations that require surgery to remove the tooth.

During a surgical extraction, the oral surgeon will first numb the area with a local anesthetic, as well as a sedative if you have issues with anxiety. They then perform a surgical procedure appropriate for the situation to remove the tooth. More than likely they'll insert bone grafts before closing the site with stitches to deter bone loss (a common occurrence after losing a tooth).

Afterward, your provider may prescribe antibiotics and an antibacterial mouthrinse to ward off infection. You'll also be given care instructions for the extraction site to keep it clean. Any discomfort should subside in a few days and can be managed effectively with a mild anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or aspirin.

It can be overwhelming having a tooth removed. In your dentist's capable hands, however, the experience will be uneventful.

If you would like more information on tooth extraction, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Simple Tooth Extraction?