Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is the complete removal of tooth. Some reasons a tooth may need to be extracted are:

  • Advanced decay
  • Periodontal disease or
  • Tooth damage that is beyond repair

Teeth may also need extraction for other reasons, such as:
  • Improper positioning within the mouth (for example – impacted wisdom teeth), or
  • As a necessity in a more extensive orthodontic treatment

Dr. David Hubert and Dr. Adam Hubert will make an examination to decide if you need a tooth be extracted. It is preferable to discuss alternatives to tooth extraction with you because of the complications associated with the removal of a tooth, such as:
  • Problems with chewing
  • Issues with the joint of your jaw and
  • Causing your teeth to shift

All of these complications interfere with your dental health and quality of life.

Dry Socket

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.

Bone Grafting

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.