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Tooth Extraction

Caring for and preserving your natural teeth is your dentist’s top priority.

However, in cases of severe trauma, decay, and infection, a tooth extraction may be necessary to preserve your oral health.

Drs. Roger B. Parkes and R. Clarke Stewart provide comfortable care to Clinton, Ridgeland, and nearby at our Jackson, MS, dental practice.

Understanding Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction involves your dentist removing a tooth from its socket. During a simple extraction, your tooth will be lifted out of place with dental tools. In complex cases, the tooth may first have to be separated into segments for easier removal.

Some patients worry about having a tooth extraction, but our team takes measures to ensure a safe and comfortable procedure. We can help eliminate your tooth pain and improve your oral health with this dental procedure.

We've had some of our patients for 30 years because we go out of our way to make everyone feel welcome and secure. When you come to our office, you can expect top-notch dental care with up-to-date equipment and be greeted by a staff that treats you with the utmost care and respect.

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Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Typically, tooth extraction is only recommended by a dentist or oral surgeon when the damage can’t be fixed with restorative dentistry. You may need a tooth extraction if you have:

  • Extensive trauma
  • Advanced decay
  • Persistent infection
  • Overcrowding
  • Wisdom teeth that are erupting incorrectly
  • Periodontitis (advanced gum disease)

A Typical Extraction Procedure

We treat our patients the way we want to be treated–with the utmost care and precision.
We treat our patients the way we want to be treated–with the utmost care and precision.


Prior to your tooth extraction procedure at our Jackson, Mississippi, office, one of our dentists will take an x-ray of your mouth to thoroughly analyze your teeth and the surrounding structures. This analysis will allow your dentist to plan the best method of tooth removal.


Before your surgery begins, you will receive local anesthetic to eliminate discomfort. Sedation is available upon request if you feel anxious or have difficulty sitting for long periods of time.

Tooth Removal

If your tooth has erupted above the gumline, your dentist will gently loosen the tooth and remove it with a dental tool. If the tooth is broken at the gum line or has not completely erupted, an incision is made above or around the tooth so it can be accessed and extracted. In some cases, the tooth must be split into sections, rather than removed as a whole piece.

Tooth Replacement

If you are replacing the tooth, our doctors can surgically augment bone and soft tissue or place a dental implant immediately after your extraction.

Sutures and Gauze

If you’re not replacing the tooth or are going to wait some time before you explore your options, the socket is sutured closed with self-dissolving stitches. We will place gauze over the treatment site to minimize bleeding and help form a blood clot. 

Recovery Process

If your tooth extraction was simple, you can expect only minor discomfort in the following days. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, are usually enough to manage pain.

If your surgery was complex or you had your wisdom teeth removed, you may experience more pain and swelling at the extraction site. Dr. Parkes or Dr. Stewart may prescribe a stronger prescription for the first few days, after which milder anti-inflammatories should be sufficient. You can also apply a cool compress to reduce swelling.

During your recovery period, avoid contact with the treatment site to prevent the blood clot from dislodging. Chew soft foods in other areas of your mouth, don’t drink through a straw, and avoid brushing around the extraction site.

Tooth Extraction Cost

Dental insurance contributes to the cost of tooth extractions and our office accepts all types of insurance except PPO. If you don't have insurance, our Jackson, MS, office works with CareCredit® which allows patients to pay in monthly installments, making the procedure more affordable.

Hear From Our Patients


Stephen Pridmore


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Dr. Jamie Howard is very kind, gentle and precise, and took really good care of me for my dental surgery. I highly recommend her to anyone needing periodontal care.

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tom hrbac


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Dr. Roger Parks and his staff are extremely professional and compassionate! Their personal attention was invaluable to me before, during, and after my surgery! Very grateful!

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Dr. Roger B Parkes and Dr. R. Clarke Stewart

Periodontal Associates of Jackson, P.A.

Our periodontists, Dr. Roger B. Parkes, Dr. R. Clarke Stewart, and Dr, Jamie Howard, are committed to providing patients in Clinton, Ridgeland, and Jackson, MS, with high-quality care in a comfortable setting. They are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Jackson Dental Society

To schedule a consultation at our periodontal practice, contact us online or call (601) 956-1230.

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"Thank you for everything! You have a very friendly office where people greet you by name. Everyone makes me feel at ease and welcome as if I'm the only patient you have. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my periodontal treatment. Kudos to Dr. Parkes and his staff." Alex S.

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