The Dental Center of Goshen
4024 Elkhart Road, Suite 15, Goshen, IN 46526

Tooth Extractions in Goshen, IN

In the past, tooth extractions were a form of major surgery that resulted in long recovery times and less than stellar replacements for the lost tooth. However, over the past several decades, the dental field has made great advances in these procedures to help patients get back to their normal lives and enjoy a wealth of replacement options that can replicate the look of their lost tooth. Tooth extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, whether it’s something traditional like having wisdom teeth removed or removing a tooth that is severely damaged in an accident or has been subject to tooth decay over time.

In most of these cases, dentists will try to fix damaged teeth with crowns or other forms of dental reconstruction, but in some instances where the tooth is beyond repair, extraction is the only viable option. A tooth extraction procedure requires local anesthesia, and in some cases some patients will need to be sedated if the tooth is impacted significantly in the gums. The surrounding tissue and bone will have to be removed to expose the tooth, which can then be removed. Self-dissolving stitches are usually used, which will eventually break down and seal up the socket that has been left behind by the tooth.

In the period following the procedure, patients may experience some swelling and bleeding, and many dentists suggest rinsing out the mouth with salt water to remove any bacteria or blood that could accumulate in the socket. One of the most important factors to keep in mind after a tooth extraction procedure is to avoid “dry socket.” If the blood clot inside of the socket is allowed to be dislodged, this could expose the underlying nerves and bone, leading to severe pain and possible infection. If this occurs, patients may have to return to the dentist’s office for additional treatments to promote proper healing of the socket and reducing pain.

Along with regular mouth rinsing, dentists suggest washing out one’s mouth after each meal, avoiding any hazardous behaviors like smoking or drinking alcohol and being especially careful to avoid brushing near the extraction site for several days after the procedure. Ultimately, with a bit of care and consideration, patients can make it through the tooth extraction process unscathed and be ready to handle tooth replacements or other options down the road to restore their brilliant smiles.

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Melanie M.
After screening many other pediatric dentists, I found The Dental Center of Goshen. Their customer service was exceptional and they were thorough, kind and professional during my daughter’s […]
Grace B.
I am terrified of the dentist and dread going and the entire staff were gentle and upbeat and kept me at ease. I have no nerves about returning for my next routine cleaning.
Katie K.
A great place! Great with kids, everyone is very nice
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Made me feel comfortable when I was scared
Tammy S.
Staff is always genuine and pleasant. I have visited 5 locations in this area, and they are always the same level of courtesy and professionalism.
Randall P.
Dr Lauren was the best with my special needs daughter. The team was great. Made all the accommodations she needed to get her teeth taken care of. Thank you so much and we will be back
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I’m always given the very best care by the people at The Dental Center
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Ease of appt and staff are great!
James T.
The staff was incredible. My whole experience was more than I could have ever expected. Amber is amazing at her job. Thanks for everything you guys do!
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The doctor assistant was very nice and explained everything to me in detail…she was very understanding and patient as I have dental anxiety…overall everyone was great…
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Dr. Mummert is amazing with children. My child went in for their first filling and I was extremely nervous. She talked to my child through the whole process and kept her relaxed.
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Staff is very friendly and professional.
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The staff, the dental assistants and especially the doctor are so welcoming and wonderful with children. It is unlike any other dentist office I have been to … Very, sincerely caring.
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Great staff and very good with kids.
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Dr. Cochran is so great at what he does and the staff are all friendly and knowledgeable. They made going in for fillings so much better than I could have thought possible. Nice to see people who […]
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