Tooth Extractions

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure performed by our dentist in Fowler, IN, to remove a problematic tooth from its socket in the jawbone. While often viewed as a last resort, tooth extractions are necessary in cases of severe decay, infection, gum disease, trauma, or overcrowding.

The benefits of tooth extraction include pain relief, prevention of further oral health complications, such as infection or damage to surrounding teeth, and the opportunity to restore oral health and function through alternative treatments like dental implants or bridges. Removing problematic teeth can alleviate discomfort and improve oral health, promoting long-term well-being.

When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Severe Decay

One of the most common situations when a tooth extraction is recommended is severe decay or cavities that have progressed to the point where the tooth cannot be effectively restored with a filling or crown. When decay has extensively damaged the tooth structure, extraction may be necessary to prevent further spread of infection and preserve overall oral health.

Gum Disease

Advanced periodontal disease, characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, can cause teeth to become loose and eventually necessitate extraction. In cases where the bone and tissue supporting the tooth are severely compromised, extraction may be the only option to prevent tooth loss and preserve oral health.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, often require extraction due to impaction or improper eruption. Impacted wisdom teeth may become trapped beneath the gum line or grow at an angle, causing pain, swelling, and damage to neighboring teeth. In such cases, extraction is necessary to prevent complications such as infection, cyst formation, and damage to surrounding structures.

Orthodontic Treatment

In severe cases of crowding or misalignment, tooth extractions may be recommended as part of orthodontic treatment to create space and achieve proper teeth alignment. By removing one or more teeth, orthodontists can facilitate the movement of remaining teeth into their correct positions, improving overall occlusion and bite alignment.

Trauma or Injury

Teeth that have been fractured, severely damaged, or knocked out due to trauma or injury may require extraction if they cannot be effectively repaired. In cases where the tooth cannot be salvaged, extraction may be necessary to prevent infection, alleviate pain, and restore oral function and aesthetics.


In some cases, tooth extractions may be recommended to address overcrowding in the mouth. Overcrowded teeth can cause alignment issues, difficulty cleaning, and an increased risk of decay and gum disease. Dentists can remove one or more teeth to create space and improve oral health and function.

Types of Tooth Extractions

Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible and easily accessible in the mouth. This type of extraction is typically performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the tooth being removed.

The dentist uses specialized instruments, such as forceps, to grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth until it loosens from the socket. Once sufficiently loosened, the tooth is carefully lifted out of the socket. Simple extractions are commonly used for teeth that are decayed, damaged, or need to be removed for orthodontic reasons.

Surgical Tooth Extractions

Surgical extractions are more complex procedures performed on teeth that are not easily accessible or have not fully erupted from the gum line. This may include impacted wisdom teeth, severely broken or fractured teeth, or teeth with curved or fused roots. Surgical extractions are typically performed under local anesthesia, with the option for sedation or general anesthesia for patients with dental anxiety or complex cases.

Our dentist at Sheets Family Dentistry makes an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth and may need to remove bone or section the tooth into smaller pieces for easier extraction. Once the tooth is extracted, the area may be stitched closed to promote healing. Contact us today to learn more!

The Benefits of Tooth Extractions

  • Removing a severely decayed, infected, or damaged tooth can alleviate chronic pain and discomfort, improving the individual's quality of life.
  • Extracting a problematic tooth can prevent the spread of infection to neighboring teeth and surrounding tissues, reducing the risk of complications such as gum disease and abscess formation.
  • Tooth extractions in Fowler, IN, may be necessary for orthodontic treatment to create space and achieve proper teeth alignment, leading to improved occlusion and bite function.
  • Extracting a damaged or decayed tooth creates space for prosthetic replacement options such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures, restoring aesthetics and function to the smile.
  • Extracting impacted wisdom teeth can alleviate pain, swelling, and discomfort caused by improper eruption or impaction, improving oral health and comfort.
  • Removing a tooth to address overcrowding in the mouth can prevent alignment issues, difficulty cleaning, and an increased risk of decay and gum disease, promoting long-term oral health.

Recovery and Aftercare

  • Take prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications as our dentist directs to alleviate discomfort.
  • Apply a cold compress to the cheek or jaw near the extraction site to reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • For the first few days following the extraction, stick to soft foods and liquids to avoid irritating or injuring the extraction site.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene by gently brushing and flossing your teeth and avoiding the extraction site.
  • Refrain from smoking, drinking through a straw, or engaging in strenuous physical activity for at least 24 hours after the extraction to prevent complications.
  • Allow yourself time to rest and recover following the extraction, avoiding excessive physical exertion or activities that may disrupt healing.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with our dentist to monitor healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise.

Tooth extraction improves overall health and well-being by addressing oral health issues and preventing complications, allowing individuals to enjoy a healthier, happier life. Visit Sheets Family Dentistry at 98 S 100 E, Suite B, Fowler, IN 47944, or call (765) 884-0018 to discuss whether tooth extraction is the right option for you.

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