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.
Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry
Spencer A. Haley DDS
Jeffrey L. Culbreath DDS
Patient Review By Julie B
Dr. Provence extracted two of my sons primary teeth for orthodontics and he did an outstanding job. My son is 14 and has never had any dental procedures other than routine cleanings and exams at the general dental office and he had a very pleasant experience today. Dr. Provence is very skilled, knowledgeable, and was very careful and took his time especially with the injection which made all the difference. Connie assisted and her calming nature kept him comfortable and relaxed throughout the appointment. We had a fantastic experience. Thank you TN Oral Surgery!
- Julie B
Patient Review By Shannon A
Connie was great. Dr Haley was pleasant and better than expected.
- Shannon A
Patient Review By Dawn W
I don’t normally write reviews and oddly enough I never really saw them as important, even though before I choose a place to conduct business I often go to the reviews. Dr. Spencer Haley has made me rethink this. I first walked into, Dr. Haley’s, Tennessee Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, office on a Tuesday after going to my dentist the day before with a terrible abscessed tooth. My face, looking like a cross between a food hoarding chipmunk and ETs dotty old aunt, I walked in and immediately felt like this was definitely the best choice I could have made in the Nashville, TN area for an oral surgeon. I was supposed to have come back the next day for the tooth extraction but after a consultation and me telling him that I was from the Clarksville area, he and the staff could not have been nicer, more accommodating or possessing a greater chairside manner, made time to do this procedure that day, instead of me driving back the next day or suffering another night. The nurses kept me calm, the idle chatter definitely helped. They showed great care towards me from beginning to end. Minus the initial numbing needle (impossible to avoid) the stick is extremely short before the numb takes over, a second or two at most, I swear the entire procedure was painless. The laughing gas helped as well. The next day, I called with questions. The voice on the other end could not have been nicer, more helpful or patient if they tried. A day later, I dropped by the office, no appointment, with a few concerns and was seen within a couple of hours and all my questions, concerns and a quick recheck to make sure all was going well was done with the same kindness and consideration as when I arrived that Tuesday afternoon. Afterward the procedure they explained everything I needed to do and in no way did I feel shoved out the door, like someone else was waiting and was more important. It is rare to find an office where literally every person that I met, from reception to the doc himself, was not only pleasant but genuinely seem to care about the patient and not just the insurance. Dr. Haley is an oral surgeon, thus it is unlikely you will leave with the same number of teeth as you walked in with, or maybe you will luck out. It is probably not on a patients mind to call someone in such an occupation a blessing, but from here on out, that is exactly what his patients and future patients should know about him. I won’t call him a tooth fairy, you will not receive a dollar for the pulled specimen, but he is definitely a tooth angel, because when you walk out, you are just going feel that your health will be greatly improved. This doctor and his staff truly do go out of their way to help you through a difficult, painful time. I personally would like to say thank you to everyone at Dr. Haley’s office for the best care I could have ever hoped for.
- Dawn W
Patient Review By Sheila A
All the staff is the greatest! Dr. Haley is the bomb... Robin the assistant is precious and the front desk girl are very kind and helpful! Would highly recommend to anyone !
- Sheila A
Patient Review By Grubb J
Felt comfortable with Dr Haley and his assistants Robin and Elizabeth.
- Grubb J
Patient Review By Christy E
Dr Haley explained the procedure and checked on me also which made me feel comfortable.
- Christy E
Patient Review By Sisk C
Robin was very good. Dr Haley was good and gentle.
- Sisk C
Patient Review By Throop E
Robin was amazing. Dr Haley was the best.
- Throop E
Patient Review By Sherry H
I can't say enough positives things about Dr. Haley and his staff! My seven year old daughter had a wonderful experience having her teeth pulled, and she wanted to give Dr. Haley a hug before we left because she was so relieved. He made her laugh and made us both comfortable. Elizabeth completely took care of her before and after the procedure. Highly recommend!
- Sherry H
Patient Review By Deidre C
Absolutely wonderful staff and surgeon! I'm a big chicken when it comes to dental procedures, I was kept comfortable and laughed through most of the procedure.
- Deidre C