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 58 Tooth Extractions reviews.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Patient Review from Todd S

Friendly staff and an excellent Doctor, would highly recommend.

- Todd S

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Patient Review from Robert S

Experienced staff, clean facility, courteous nursing professionals.

- Robert S

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Patient Review from Lisa A

Everyone there was very nice, and the doctor is good with people like me ( chicken).

- Lisa A

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Patient Review from Larry H

Thank you for this fine facility to take care of my needs

- Larry H

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Patient Review from Brigitte M

I am a dental chicken, Going to any type of dental appointment causes me a great deal of anxiety. West Georgia Oral Surgery has been a delight I feel comfortable, heard and understood. I recommend this office to all patients who want an excellent experience.

- Brigitte M

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Patient Review from Natasha S

Staff was very friendly everything was well organized, my procedure was done in no time.

- Natasha S

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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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