The Dental Center of Granger
12840 SR 23, Granger, IN 46530

Tooth Extractions in Granger, 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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I’ve been a patient for greater then 20 years. First because they were conveniently located to my home but I’ve stayed due to the excellent care. Dr Douglas and the staff are always professional […]
Don C.
Every thing went smoothly and (my teeth) had improved from the last time I was there. Can’t ask for more…..
Frances W.
Great and friendly service.
Jaime B.
Everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable. My whole family now goes here.
Sonya M.
The hygienist, Julie is very nice and made me feel very comfortable.
Karen K.
Excellent service
Larisa M.
So happy to have Dr Cochran back. He is always so caring about his patients.
Barbara W.
Excellent staff with personality plus.
Donald H.
I feel like they take their time and really inspect far more than any place I previously had went to
Leslie B.
The dental center is so professional but equally as relaxing. The employees make it feel like such a relaxed and fun setting. They should be so proud of how they interact
James T.
Everyone was very nice and welcoming. They made my three year old daughters first visit to the dentist very smooth. She is actually excited to come back. :)
Lily C.
Friendly and fast
Kourtney W.
Quality service and personal touch. Made me feel like I was the most important person there.
Patrick B.
I had a busted tooth 2 days before Thanksgiving…that I considered an emergency because of the pain and danger of infection. I came to this place with alot of aprehension due to a horrible past […]
Randy H.
I’m a mom of 6, and tend to put off self care things that I don’t deem nessicary (which means very few visits to dentists for me). I had an emergency and they were able to get me in promptly and […]
Kellie C.
Quite satisfied but as it was my first visit, I do have limited exposure as of this point in time.
Dennis W.
Julie takes great care of me
Maryjo W.
My hygienist was very sweet and helpful! She was very thorough and answered all of my questions and made my appointment quick and easy.
Jenae L.
Kind people, clean facilities.
Jared D.
I always have good service and it is very easy to make an appointment. There is always just a short wait and they are very efficient!
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