The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

When Oral Surgery Is the Only Option

Did you know that oral surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the United States? See when oral surgery is the right treatment for you.

The Dentist’s Demand for Oral Surgeons

While your dentist in South Bend will handle simple dental procedures, there are times when simple treatments are just not enough to repair your more serious or specialized needs. These cases demand the surgical solutions that only oral surgery can provide. When this happens, your dentist in South Bend will refer you to oral surgeons in your area who can treat your specific needs.

The Need for Oral Surgery

There are many different reasons why your dentist in South Bend would send you to oral surgeons for care. Since some of these procedures can be costly, most oral surgeons offer special payment options to make oral surgery an affordable dental care option. Oral surgery is usually required if you experience any of these issues:

  • Complications from simple tooth extractions
  • Serious damage to face or jaw due to trauma, injury, or accident
  • Decayed or worn-down teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Removing teeth with long-curved roots
  • Taking out teeth surrounded by extremely dense bone

Help with Healing after Oral Surgery

After any oral surgery, you will receive detailed instructions for recovery and follow-up. It’s important to closely follow these directions to help you heal properly. Some general guidelines for recovering from oral surgery include:

  • Avoiding too much talking, eating, and drinking for two hours after the procedure
  • Easing back into eating by only having clear liquids and very soft foods for the first 24 hours after surgery
  • Drinking plenty of cold or lukewarm liquids once any bleeding stops
  • Not brushing or rinsing your teeth for around 12 hours after surgery, and then being careful to avoid the surgical area once you’re able to brush again
  • Following your oral surgeon’s instructions for any prescribed pain medications
  • Calling your oral surgeon or dentist immediately if you experience persistent pain or bleeding

To learn about our family dentistry practice in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
The service was excellent from the moment I walked in. The entire staff had a genuine, welcoming smile and seemed to care about every client. I have rarely seen such authentic friendliness and caring […]
Lori H.
I had a previous concern with the numbing agent. I explained this and they were wonderful working with me and my concerns! Really a great bunch of people!
Kathleen B.
Deanna is very thorough and does an excellent job explaining the work being performed. The hygienist that shares work space with Deanna has cleaned my teeth in the past and is great as well.
Jeff J.
Professionalism and friendliness
Vicente H.
Friendly office, great service.
Janet B.
Wife in wheelchair, staff goes out of way to help her.
Jeanette C.
Staff is great.
Melissa G.
I have come to you for years and am very happy with the service
Kathleen V.
Your office staff was friendly and helpful. I was treated like a valued guest in your office.
Deanna G.
staff is very friendly and competent
Cynthia B.
Very professional staff.
George O.
My son has braces from the Dental center, and my daughter might be next. What makes this place awesome for my kid’s dental health, is because of Doctor Richard L. Cohen. He is good with kids, […]
Sayela W.
It was my first time at the center but it felt like i was always going there because the service, the staff were all great! Best place to go
Carine U.
Always a great experience.
Rebecca T.
I enjoy the smiley faces and the friendliness every time I walk in for my appointment….
Lavern W.
Love having my teeth cleaned by Deanna! She takes her time and is so personable!
Amber B.
Everyone is friendly and professional, and service is fast.
Cheryl M.
Dr. Stakem is very kind. I have had a lot of work done lately and it has been quick and painless.
Tracey K.
Polite and efficient staff, and I especially liked meeting the new dentist, Dr. Patel, I believe, as he was very welcoming and professional.
Margaret C.
I’ve always had great experiences with the hygienists and Very happy with the work dr metzler does…. They all seem to genuinely care about the patient.
Debbie H.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (574) 367-7000
Our Location