Tooth Extraction in Mesa AZ

At some point in time our dentists in Mesa Arizona may declare a tooth unfit to remain in your mouth due to severe decay, advanced periodontal disease, or if the tooth is partially broken and beyond adequate repair. In other cases, a young person may need teeth removed to prepare for orthodontic treatment.

Dental experts are aware that extracting a tooth can create problems with your long-term dental health, including: issues with your jaw, chewing problems, and shifting teeth. Because we care about your dental health our dentists at Sandstrom Dental Group thoroughly cover all the alternatives to tooth extraction so you can make an informed decision. In many cases Dr. Sandstrom will recommend replacing the extracted tooth to fill the gap and avoid further complications.

How Does the Tooth Extraction Work?

Before the procedure begins Dr. Sandstrom will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to prevent abnormally high levels of pain. It is common to feel quite a bit of pressure during the extraction, even with the anesthetic, but it will be minimized considerably. The pressure increases as the tooth is rocked and the socket widens. Even though you feel pressure, the pain level is extremely low because of the anesthetic. Our Mesa dentists encourage patients to inform them immediately if no pain is felt during the procedure as it can be a sign of more serious complications. A dentist will need to section a tooth in circumstances where a tooth is too tightly engrained in the socket to warrant normal tooth extraction in Mesa AZ. The dentists simply section the tooth by cutting it into smaller pieces and removing each part individually.

What to Expect After the Tooth Extraction is Complete


It’s common for bleeding to occur for several hours following a tooth extraction. Our Mesa dentists recommend covering the empty socket with a piece of moist gauze. If more pressure is needed, try biting down on the gauze for roughly 45-60 minutes.

Blood Clots

To keep the clots intact and prevent excessive blood flow:

1)      Do not rinse the affected area or spit for at least 24 hours after the extraction

2)      Do not smoke, use a straw, or consume hot liquids until cleared by your dentist


Ice the mouth area for 10-20 minutes and repeat if swelling continues. The swelling should die down within 24 hours.

Managing Pain

Our dentists in Mesa Arizona recommend the use of non-prescription drugs like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to decrease swelling and manage pain levels.