You and Dr. Zwickey, Dr. Allen or Dr. Jacobs 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, Allen or Jacobs 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
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Patient Review from Judy B
Dr. Allen accepted an emergency referral for my nephew who has stage 4 cancer. His expertise is evident but his caring and concern for us was beyond what is normally encountered. We will definitely use him again and will tell our family and friends to use him.
- Judy B
Patient Review from Jerry C
Dr. Allen is awesome. I had a very difficult molar pulled. Dr. Allen took his time and performed a perfect extraction. I would recommend him to family or friends. Excellent experience.
- Jerry C
Patient Review from Amanda O
From the moment you walk in the Columbus, Georgia location you know that you will be treated with respect and care. The staff are all very easy to get along with and are always there to answer any questions you might have. They are very straight forward, but it does not detract from their bedside manner with each and every patient. You are treated as an individual and they work with you on pricing every time! These good folks just want everyone to have a healthy smile.
- Amanda O
Patient Review from Selena M
I have terrible dental anxiety, and had put getting a tooth taken care of for over a year. That tooth ended up needing to be extracted. Dr. Allen removed it along with my wisdom teeth. His office made me so comfortable the day of. The nurses and his assistants were awesome. I was so scared to be put under, but they made it the easiest experience ever! I highly recommend them!
- Selena M
was surprised and very pleased with the ease of getting a appointment (with referral from my dentist) for a emergency extraction. Had no pain during procedure. will be back if needed
Patient Review from Linda M
Dr. Allen was awesome! He explained everything beforehand and during the procedure walked me through exactly what he was doing and how it might feel or sound. Very courteous and professional and a great bedside manner. Not knowing what to expect I was pleased with the entire process. His staff was awesome as well! Friendly and comforting. I have already recommended them to a co-worker who needs oral surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Allen!
- Linda M