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A tooth extraction is the complete removal of tooth. Some reasons a tooth may need to be extracted are:
The healing process at the extraction site will take longer if a clot fails to form in the socket of if it is somehow dislodged. The lack or loss of a clot at the extraction site is known as a dry socket. By following these “Home Care Following Extraction” instructions, you will minimize the risk of a dry socket developing. A dry socket can be recognized by a dull pain that throbs. This pain will not appear immediately. You will likely notice it three or four days after the procedure. Your pain may range from moderate to severe, and the pain will be centered around the extraction site. If you have a dry socket, you may notice bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. If you suspect you have a dry socket, contact Hubert Family Dentistry and Dr. David Hubert or Dr. Adam Hubert will dress the dry socket to relieve your pain.
Sometimes at an extraction appointment a patient benefits by having the socket of the extracted tooth filled with bone to enhance healing and maximize jaw support. This can be important for future restorations of that such as dental implants, dentures, etc.