Tooth Extractions Are Sometimes Necessary in Mesa, AZ
While preserving your natural teeth as long as possible is always our top concern, sometimes our dentist at Sandstrom Dental Group may be forced to declare a tooth unfit to remain in your mouth. Whether caused by severe tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, or your tooth has been partially broken and is beyond adequate repair, tooth extractions are sometimes necessary in our Mesa dental office. Other common reasons for tooth extractions include needing to remove teeth to prepare for dental implants or orthodontic treatment or needing to remove your wisdom teeth (your third set of molars).
Because we’re well aware that extracting a tooth can create long-term issues to your dental health, including issues with your jaw, chewing problems, and shifting teeth, you can rest assured we’ll go over all of your alternatives to tooth extraction so that 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 Process Work, Anyway?
Prior to your extraction, Dr. Sandstrom will numb the area around your tooth using a local anesthetic to prevent abnormally high levels of pain. It’s common to feel quite a bit of pressure during the extraction even with the anesthetic, though it will be minimized considerably. As your tooth is rocked and the empty socket widens, you’ll probably notice the amount of pressure will intensify.
Although you’ll feel this pressure, your pain should be low because of the anesthetic. If no pain or pressure is felt, please let us know immediately. This can be indicative of more serious complications. If your tooth is too tightly engrained in its socket, it may be necessary for us to section your tooth into smaller pieces and remove each part individually rather than a standard tooth extraction.
What to Expect After Your Tooth Extraction in Our Mesa Office
Many of our patients who require a tooth extraction in our Mesa dental office experience bleeding, swelling, and pain afterward. Bleeding is common for the first several hours, and we 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. To keep your blood clots intact and prevent excessive blood flow, you shouldn’t rinse the affected area or spit for at least 24 hours after the extraction. You also shouldn’t smoke, drink from a straw, or consume hot liquids until cleared by your dentist.
Swelling should subside within 24 hours. If the swelling continues, you may ice your mouth at 10 to 20-minute intervals and repeat as necessary. Our dentist may recommend the use of non-prescription drugs like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to decrease swelling and to help you manage your pain levels. Should you think you may need a tooth extraction in the Mesa area, please contact Sandstrom Dental Group to schedule an appointment for a consultation with our dentist.