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Are you wondering when a dental extraction is necessary? There are many factors that go into determining whether or not a tooth extraction is needed. Keep reading to learn more about extractions and how to know if you may need one.

Reasons You May Need a Dental Extraction

Extractions can be performed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Making space for teeth to come in – Sometimes baby teeth don’t fall out on their own and need to be extracted. If stubborn baby teeth are left in place, the adult teeth can fail to grow in or start to grow sideways through the gumline or into the path of other teeth.
  • Severely decayed teeth – An extraction is needed if a cavity or infection has damaged a tooth past saving. Leaving severely decayed teeth in the mouth can cause halitosis, the infection to spread, and chronic tooth pain.
  • Troublesome wisdom teeth – Many people struggle with their wisdom teeth when there isn’t room for them to grow in properly. If your wisdom teeth aren’t coming in right, the best course of action is to remove them before they damage your existing teeth or throw off your tooth alignment.

Tooth Replacement Solutions

If you need a dental extraction, don’t fear! Hermitage Dental Group does all we can to make you comfortable during the procedure. And if you need a tooth replacement, there are many solutions to help you regain a full smile! We can help you decide if a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implants are the right option for you.

Comprehensive Dental Care

When it comes to dental extractions, they aren’t something to be taken lightly. At Hermitage Dental Group, we exhaust all treatment options before performing gentle, stress-free tooth extractions. And we offer a variety of tooth replacement options so that you won’t have a gap left in your smile! Please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment at our office.

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Brunette woman in a plaid shirt cringes in pain and touches her cheek due to bruising after root canal therapy

It can start off as a severe toothache and then bring on swelling, sensitivity, and even a fever. A tooth infection can be extremely stressful — but root canal therapy is designed to help stop the infection in its tracks and save your smile.

Hermitage Dental Group offers gentle, pain-free root canal therapy at our dental office in Hermitage, TN! Let’s take a look at the root canal procedure and the post-op recovery process.

What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

When you have an infected tooth, the infection can spread all the way to the pulp, or the soft innermost tissue of the tooth. Root canal therapy helps prevent an existing tooth infection from spreading deeper to the bone, which can result in tooth loss.

During root canal therapy, your dentist will drill a small hole in your tooth and flush out all of the infected tissue. To replace it, they will use a material called gutta-percha to fill the tooth. Lastly, they will then seal the root canal up with a composite filling. Depending on how much damage the tooth has sustained, your dentist may place a crown over your tooth to protect it.

Root Canal Post-Op Care

It will take a few days for your tooth to heal after a root canal. Immediately after your treatment is over, you might experience some swelling and pain, so we recommend you ice your cheeks to provide relief. You may also experience some bruising in the days following your procedure. Rest, eat soft foods, and brush gently around your tooth until it fully heals.

We’ll provide you with custom aftercare instructions, but please give us a call if you experience any complications after your treatment and we’ll get you in the office as soon as we can.

Affordable Root Canal Therapy in Hermitage, TN

If you have an infected tooth, we can help! Contact us to schedule an appointment and take a look at our flexible financing options to learn more about how we make our treatments as affordable as possible.