Teeth Extractions for Tooth Pain in Nashville and Dickson

Do I need a Tooth Extraction?

You and Dr. Haley and Dr. Culbreath may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.

To avoid these complications, in most cases, Drs. Haley and Culbreath will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

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The Extraction Process

At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

Sectioning a tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it’s important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. Bite on a gauze pad for 30-45 minutes immediately after the appointment. If the bleeding or oozing still persists, place another gauze pad and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times to staunch the flow of blood.

After the blood clot forms it is important to not disturb or dislodge the clot. Do not rinse vigorously, suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. These activities may dislodge or dissolve the clot and hinder the healing process. Limit vigorous exercise for the next 24 hours, as this increases blood pressure and may cause more bleeding from the extraction site.

After the tooth is extracted you may feel some pain and experience some swelling. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas or corn applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Take pain medications as prescribed. The swelling usually subsides after 48 hours.

Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn’t seem to be working. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time even if signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious, soft food on the day of the extraction. You can eat normally as soon as you are comfortable.

It is important to resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours. This should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. This will speed healing and help keep your mouth fresh and clean.

After a few days you should feel fine and can resume your normal activities. If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.

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Nashville Office Phone Number 615-829-7000
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Dickson Office Phone Number 615-446-9669
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Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry
Spencer A. Haley DDS and Jeffrey L. Culbreath DDS

5 out of 5 stars based on 164 Dental Extractions reviews

Patient Review By Sandra G

Best experience I have ever had from a dentist and his office. Dr. Haley was great.

- Sandra G

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Patient Review By Judy H

Great experience!! I hate going to the dentist but the atmosphere and caring doctor and staff made me feel at ease. Dr. Culbreath was wonderful and explained everything he was doing. Madison Vavrek, who assisted, did a great job!! Thank you and I recommend this office to everyone!!

- Judy H

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Patient Review By Tom P

I just want to give my hart felt thanks' to the staff, and now my Dentist Spencer Haley. For seeing me on a day when it would have been vary easy to be closed with the snow and ice event like we had the night before. I am thankful as well to find a talented man at his craft as Dr Haley. I had a good experience I was vary hasn't to have the work done. Thanks Again Dr Haley

- Tom P

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Patient Review By Barbara D

Dr Haley provides truly excellent care. My procedure went smoothly, with minimal discomfort. He explained my treatment options clearly. I highly recommend him!

- Barbara D

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Patient Review By Shayn R

Extremely skilled at extraction with minimal pain involved.

- Shayn R

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Patient Review By Leslie

The entire Staff worked together to let me know the situation, costs and home care involved. They are an outstanding team!! NO PAIN!!! Can you say that with me on an extraction? Thank you Dr. Haley et al!!

- Leslie

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Patient Review By Kendra P

This office is amazing and I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone! This was my first time ever having a tooth pulled, so I walked in with great anxiety, but Dr. Haley and his outstanding staff: Madeline, Destiny, Mary and Autumn, all just did a fanstatic job! Not only were they incredibly kind towards me, but they also made me feel so much more at ease. If I could leave 1,000 stars I would! Thank you guys!!

- Kendra P

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Patient Review By James H

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the oral surgeon's office for a molar extraction, and I must say that my experience was nothing short of outstanding. From the moment I stepped through the door, I was greeted with a warm and friendly atmosphere that immediately put me at ease. First and foremost, I was amazed at the level of expertise and skill demonstrated by Dr. Jeffrey Culbreath my oral surgeon. Throughout the entire procedure, I experienced absolutely no pain. It was as if the extraction was performed with the utmost precision and care, ensuring my comfort at all times. The surgeon's gentle approach and steady hands were truly remarkable. What truly impressed me was the aftermath of the surgery. The stitching done to close the incision site was incredibly well-executed, and just one day later, it has nearly closed up entirely. I have experienced no bleeding or discomfort whatsoever. In fact, it feels as if I never underwent oral surgery at all. This speaks volumes about the surgeon's exceptional attention to detail and commitment to ensuring a smooth recovery process. The entire staff at the office deserves accolades for their professionalism and genuine concern for patients' well-being. From the receptionist who warmly welcomed me to the attentive nurses and support staff, everyone played a vital role in making my visit comfortable and stress-free. In addition to the exemplary care I received, the office itself is well-maintained, clean, and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The modern equipment and advanced technology further instilled confidence in the expertise of the oral surgeon and his team. To summarize, my experience at this oral surgeon's office was truly remarkable. The pain-free extraction, impeccable stitching, and minimal post-operative discomfort have exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this oral surgeon to anyone in need of dental surgery. Their professionalism, skill, and dedication to patient care are second to none. Thank you to the entire team for providing such an exceptional level of service!

- James H

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Patient Review By Barbara S

I have been to Dr.Spencer Haley several times and he is Good at what he does ,I didn't he know he pulled my tooth as,it was so fast ,I would and will recommend him to everyone I know.

- Barbara S

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Patient Review By Janie D

Highly recommend without any reservations. Excellent!

- Janie D

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