Tooth Extractions

You and Dr. Zwickey or Dr. Allen 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. Zwickey or Allen will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

The Tooth 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

For details on home care after tooth extraction, see the page “After Extractions” under “Surgical Instructions”.

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Our Patient Testimonials


West Georgia Oral and Facial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 47 Tooth Extractions reviews.

Patient Review from Jennifer C

This office is overall the best in Columbus . I believe this is the only place that has staff as well as Doctors that truly care about their patients. I cannot stress enough how amazing my experience was dealing with them this week. I am so thankful there are still people like this in Columbus. Thank you for your amazing work ! I am very grateful!

- Jennifer C

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Patient Review from P S

I would definitely recommend to my family and friends to go see Dr. Zwickey. Very professional and detailed in the service.

- P S

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Patient Review from Carol A

This is by far the best place to go if you need oral surgery and dental implants. I can’t wait til it’s all complete but I know it will be worth the wait. I trust Dr Allen completely!!

- Carol A

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Patient Review from Frances J

I was very nervous about the extraction as it was a large molar. Everything went smoothly and the tooth was out in no time. The entire staff are kind and professional.

- Frances J

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Patient Review from Gary G

Outstanding treatment...thank you.

- Gary G

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Patient Review from Jeff R

The staff were very friendly and very helpful from the appointment process to the surgical procedure. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.

- Jeff R

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Patient Review from Sonja A

I had a very favorable visit to West GA Oral surgery. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. I will definitely recommend and return for more work.

- Sonja A

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Patient Review from marty r

great staff . very well run practice. highly recommended !

- marty r

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Patient Review from Herman J

Great experience if it did require surgery!

- Herman J

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Patient Review from LATASHA W

My procedure was fast and I was out in no time. The doctor and staff treated me with care. I will definitely recommend everyone to him.

- LATASHA W

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Patient Review from Sharon M

Wonderful practice the staff and doctors are awesome I had an extraction and it was painless and the dr let me know exactly what he was doing as he went along it was the best experience for an unpleasant procedure

- Sharon M

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Patient Review from Michele M

Dr. Zwickey, along with his caring staff, could not have been any kinder to my 89-year-old mother, who has always suffered with severe anxiety when it comes to dentists. In fact, I honestly can’t remember when she ever visited one. Their overall professionalism put us both at ease, and she has recovered completely in less time than was anticipated. We would both highly recommend West Georgia Oral Surgery to our friends and family.

- Michele M

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Patient Review from Carol M

Dr. Allen was great, walked through the entire process as he was doing it.

- Carol M

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Patient Review from James F

Did a great job, I had 3 teeth extracted and i felt no pain and was out of the office in under an hour.

- James F

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Patient Review from Brian J

I can not say enough about the quality of care and overall amazing experience I have had personally . My wife also had all her work done by Dr. Allen and to this day still raves about the care and quality she received. As someone who has some dental anxiety the entire staff made my visits stress free and they even went above and beyond to work me in on one visit and still kept the wait time to under 10 minutes and got me pain free and taken care of in no time. I will be returning for future work !!!!

- Brian J

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Patient Review from Mike C

I needed an emergency extraction, and was in a lot of pain. They had taken me immediately and the staff were caring, professional, and kind. They were also very reassuring because I am extremely afraid of going to any dentist, let alone an oral surgeon! I experienced zero pain, and they explained everything thoroughly to my wife on how to take care of me, and answered all her questions. Or so she tells me; I was a little out of it at that point ;). Would HIGHLY recommend! Dr. Allen was great and I will never go anywhere else.

- Mike C

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Patient Review from Reba M

Dr Allen is confident, kind and professional. I felt trust in his ability as a professional upon first meeting him. He eased my mind of worry when I needed teeth extracted. His kind and professional staff set a warm and welcoming environment. I would highly recommend Dr Allen and his staff to anyone in need of oral surgery.

- Reba M

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Patient Review from Charles L

Thanks Dr. Zwickey and your trusted assistant for relieving me of my severe tooth pain. Your assistant Rock and I wish that I had gotten her name. She was awesome! I postponed getting my problem tooth extracted for almost a year due to the deadly virus (COVID 19), but I had to take measures to get my tooth extracted once the pain began getting the best of me. My oral surgery was done in an exemplary fashion, and I now have No pain! Dr. Zwickey and his assistant made me feel very comfortable, and they were professional and courteous. I'm happy to have chosen West Georgia Oral and Facial Surgery, and I recommend you to all of my family and friends.

- Charles L

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Patient Review from Geraldine H

Great experience, wonderful staff, Dr. Allen is a GOD send.

- Geraldine H

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