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Local Experts Help With Facial Pain, Oral Surgeries, Wisdom Teeth Removal, Dental Implants

Teeth have an abundance of neural connections to pain centers in the brain, which seems to amplify all those aching “distress signals.” One team of Belle Meade-based dental specialists at 4322 Harding Pike, Suite 201, serves as a compassionate, experienced oral pain relief team ready to help.

"When experiencing pain from the face or neck, it's always a good step to have a comprehensive oral exam to determine the root cause," assures Spencer Haley, D.D.S., who co-owns the Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry with Jeffrey Culbreath, D.D.S.

"And, whenever possible, we're hoping to help patients avoid pain by removing wisdom teeth before they become a true problem," adds Dr. Culbreath.

When is the best suggested time to get oral health care? Holiday breaks prompt images of free time or gatherings with friends and family. Yet, those breaks from regular routines also are great times to proactively take care of oral needs before kids return to school, teens go back to college, or adults return to work—something the team at Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Oral Surgery and Implant Dentistry knows firsthand, based on all the patients they assist. 

In addition to wisdom teeth removal, the two oral and maxillofacial surgeons practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial procedures, including dental implants, bone grafting and corrective jaw surgeries. They specifically diagnose and treat dental pain, facial injuries and a multitude of other dental restorative options.

Dr. Haley says they often treat out-of-state college students who suddenly have teeth-related issues. "And with so many newcomers to Nashville, we're seeing a significant number of people who've relocated and haven't had time to identify a dentist. Yet, they find themselves in unexpected oral pain, and we can help."

More recently, Dr. Culbreath says an increasing number of patients are opting for implants as a long term treatment option to replace missing teeth. "There have been many improvements through new technologies in three-dimensional and computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. This allows us to predictably treat challenging implant cases with a high degree of success using customized models and guides for each individual patient."  

Many people experience anxiety at dental offices. Dr. Haley and Dr. Culbreath also are board-certified by the National Dental Board of Anesthesia, and they and their staff provide a calming ambiance and are all well trained and up-to-date in I.V. anesthesia. 

Both of these surgeons have impressive backgrounds with diverse experiences they bring to the practice each day.

Spencer Haley, D.D.S.

Spencer Haley, D.D.S., has lived in Tennessee all of his life. After graduating from Rosemark Academy High School in 1986, he completed his undergraduate training at the University of Tennessee-Martin in 1991. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1995.

His advanced postgraduate training in oral and maxillofacial surgery was obtained at the University of Tennessee Memphis and Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He received his certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery in June 1999. He was an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and in private practice in Memphis following his residency.

Dr. Haley began practicing in Nashville in July 2000. While maintaining his schedule at the office, he remains very active in hospital, dental and civic activities in the surrounding community. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Tennessee Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a Diplomate of American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. 

Dr. Haley is board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  For the past 20 years, he's worked with the Nashville Predators NHL hockey team and also has been actively assisting for the past 21 years with the Tennessee Titans NFL football team and their dental and medical staff. He is also a member of the Academy for Sports Dentistry.

Dr. Haley maintains training in CPR/ACLS/PALS, as well as ATLS as certified Advanced Trauma Life Support, and as an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

He also lectures on many topics related to oral surgery and implant dentistry, while maintaining and advancing his continuing education relating to oral and facial surgery.

Jeffrey Culbreath, D.D.S.

Jeffrey Culbreath, D.D.S., is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon originally from Murfreesboro. He received his bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004 and graduated from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry in 2008.

He accepted a commission as an officer in the US Navy after graduation and completed a General Practice Residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in June 2009. He then served as the general dentist onboard the USS PONCE (LPD 15), where he completed two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aden, and the Persian Gulf.

Dr. Culbreath completed his four-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia, in June 2015. Following residency, he served as a staff oral and maxillofacial surgeon at Naval Health Clinic Charleston, Naval Hospital Beaufort, the 628th Air Force Medical Group, and Beaufort Memorial Hospital for four years while stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. 

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, a Fellow of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He's also a member of the American Dental Association and the Tennessee Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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