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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Patient Review from Russell D
Dr Allen and staff did a wonderful job taking care of my father and I am forever grateful to them. I work in health care and they made sure I did not have any questions and didn't assume I knew what to do. They were all caring and will recommend them to others
- Russell D
Patient Review from D B
Very clean, very professional
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Patient Review from Robert N
Everyone was very courteous, friendly, and efficient. I had a molar extraction (#4) and prepaid. But after it was finished the procedure was lowered to a different level and the cost reduced by $150. This was very honest of them, and I am very thankful.
- Robert N
Patient Review from Ronald P L
The staff and the Doctor were very professional with the care and information I needed for after care.
- Ronald P L
Patient Review from Patsy S
I was very pleased with the procedure and I will use this practice again in the future if needed.
- Patsy S
Patient Review from Kathleen H
I love this office. I will always come to Dr. Allen for any dental procedures I might need. He is so nice, makes you feel so comfortable and explains everything involved with each procedure. He always calls to check on me after the procedure, which is absolutely wonderful. The staff, from the front desk, to the surgery staff, is so caring, making sure that I am always comfortable. I will always recommend West GA Oral and Facial Surgery to all of my friends and family. Thank you so much for the wonderful care you give your patients.
- Kathleen H
Patient Review from Janet N
Dr. Zwickey and his staff were professional and friendly. He explained the procedure and answered all questions. Would highly recommend to anyone.
- Janet N
Patient Review from Glynn S
I appreciated the care and attention I received. Also post extraction instructions were followed up with written instructions.
- Glynn S
Patient Review from Florence J
This was the best experience I have ever received in any medical facility. The staff was warm, friendly, and very professional. The establishment was clean and welcoming. I would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of their services!
- Florence J
Patient Review from Barbara B
the staff and Dr made the experience very easy on me. I appreciate their patience and help
- Barbara B
Patient Review from Pamplin L
It was a great experience; overall rating; If you read to rate a Dental experience
- Pamplin L
Patient Review from David R
The entire staff is extremely professional and friendly. I was booked to be seen in record time considering how full the schedule was. Dr. Zwickey and his assistants made this experience pleasant instead of a nightmare. He does a fantastic job breaking down the options and procedure. Highly recommend to anyone who’s looking for quality dental work.
- David R
Patient Review from Betty C
Dr. Allen and his assistant are awesome. So gentle and caring. I found the entire staff to be delightful and my experience with West Ga Oral Surgery was wonderful!!
- Betty C
Patient Review from Larry Hendrickson C
Many thanks to Dr. Lee for taking care of an extraction.
- Larry Hendrickson C
Patient Review from Kaeannalyn H
I absolutely love them!
- Kaeannalyn H
Patient Review from Robert C
This was my second visit to the office and each time has been a terrific experience. They are kind, efficient and thoughtful throughout every step of the process. I would recommend them without reserve.
- Robert C
Patient Review from Pat D
Exceptions patient care genuine care for my needs happy and intentional in their professional approach. I am very happy to recommend
- Pat D
Patient Review from Kathy F
I was really impressed by this facility. The first interaction, via phone call was very professional and knowledgeable of the procedure. I had my procedure done today. From check-in to when I left was a pleasant experience. I was nervous upon arrival, but Schylar, and Dr Zwickey were wonderful and the procedure was finished before I knew it!
- Kathy F
Patient Review from Michelle R
I am retired military. I was so pleased with the service. The staff was nice and Dr. Zwickey was excellent. I didn't feel a thing. The before and after care instructions were so very helpful. I didn't encounter any problems from start to finish. Thank you for your service.
- Michelle R
Patient Review from Gwyn N
Dr. Swickey and his staff are a top-notch medical practice! I have had two previous tooth extractions/implants with them and was so pleased with their work that I returned when I developed another painful, aching molar that could not be saved. The earliest appointment they had available for pulling the tooth was two weeks after discovering the problem. However, after just a week, I experienced severe pain while eating with a loose crown over the affected tooth. They immediately moved up my appointment and brought me in the very next morning to do the tooth extraction. And they called me that afternoon to make sure I was doing O.K. - first class patient service! Dr. Swickey and his staff are amazingly professional, extremely competent, and most pleasant to deal with. I would not go to anyone else for a tooth extraction and especially for an implant.
- Gwyn N