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 Jane F
Very helpful and made it easy
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Great job. Very friendly Doctor and staff
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Patient Review By John C
Very friendly and efficient! I would go back if Needed!!! Great place!!
- John C
Patient Review By Stacy E
I have extreme dental phobia, which resulted in my teeth decaying to the point of no return. I required several extractions. When I met Dr. Haley, he was extremely friendly, sat down in the room with me, talked to me like we weren't in a patient / doctor setting, which made me feel way less anxious. He explained what needed to be done in very simple terms, explained what to expect and set an expectation as to how I would feel after. My abscesses had me in crippling pain, where I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning. For the procedure, I arrived, took a seat in the chair, he sedated me and it felt like 2 minutes passed and I was done. During the entire healing process there was no pain at all. I feel really silly for being in pain with the abscesses for so long. The recovery was an absolute walk in the park. Trust me, no matter how afraid you are, the very, very minor discomfort from having gauze in your mouth only lasts about a day, there is no pain at all during healing. I was so thankful to Dr. Haley for relieving my pain. This is the first time in 4 years where I don't feel pain in my mouth. I highly recommend Dr. Haley, he's amazing.
- Stacy E
Patient Review By Tracy L
Amazing chair side manor before, during and after procedures. Dr. Haley and his team make the scariest procedures a walk in the park. 5-star service from the time you make your appt to to full release back to your dentist.
- Tracy L
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Patient Review By Tom S
Dr. Haley is great! He and his assistant, Connie, made what normally would be a "bad day" into a most delightful experience. Thanks a million for mixing humor, gentleness, and excellent work to make it a good day!
- Tom S
Patient Review By Deanna L
Great expericance! I would recommend Dr. Haley to anyone!
- Deanna L
Patient Review By Sherry S
I always have anxiety when go to the dentist for any procedure. The staff and Dr. Haley made me feel very safe and comfortable. I would recommend Dr. Haley for any of your dental needs. Also, parking garage was easily accessible.
- Sherry S