“I no longer fear going to the dentist.”
After years and years of being 'TORTURED' in the dental chair, I learned to hate dentists! I wasn't bashful about telling anyone, including the dentist, just how I felt! Then I met Dr. Steve Anderson. True to my normal rebellious nature, I said, "I just want you to know before you even start, that I HATE dentists!!" When Dr. Anderson was finished, I was so excited and impressed, the words just rolled out of my mouth, "I THINK I LOVE YOU!!" I can honestly say I no longer FEAR going to the dentist! I drive over 150 miles one way to his office and will continue to do so. I highly recommend Dr. Anderson and his entire team to one and all. They listen to their patients! ---Rita Collins
Extractions & Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Dr. Anderson's patients trust him. He is caring and gentle and will give you the best advice possible for your dental problem. He has training in oral surgery, over 30 years of experience and has done thousands of extractions, so you can be confident that you are in good hands.
“My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Anderson for over 30 years. We have utmost respect, confidence, and the highest regard for him, and his entire staff, as being the most competent and efficient ‘team’ in the field of dentistry. Dr. Anderson operates his practice with state-of-the-art equipment, services and procedures which reflect his excellent knowledge of the dental profession. His personal compassion for the well-being of his patients is evident...”
Roger and Bernie Zobel
When would a tooth extraction be necessary?
You may need a tooth extraction for any one of a number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are not repairable due to:
- being severely decayed
- having advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- they may be broken in a fashion which cannot be repaired
- they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted wisdom teeth)
- orthodontic treatment (braces) is needed. Extractions may be required so that other teeth have more room to reposition.
Sometimes it's a matter of health. Impacted wisdom teeth, teeth associated with cysts or tumors, or teeth that are badly infected can make a person seriously ill.
By far, the most common reason for tooth extraction is that the patient is in pain and wants to relieve the pain as quickly, permanently and as inexpensively as possible.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Dr. Anderson can evaluate the placement of your wisdom teeth with an X-ray and determine if they might need extraction. Hopefully, your wisdom teeth aren't causing you any pain, but if they are, wisdom teeth removal may be inevitable.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are commonly extracted during the late teens or early 20s. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw or come in crooked, crowding the other teeth. They may be decayed or irritating the gum, causing pain and swelling.
An upper impacted wisdom tooth is very close to the maxillary sinus. Infection can sometimes be transferred to the sinus causing sinus headaches and congestion.
When a tooth is missing, its neighboring teeth will tend to shift, which can have a major impact on your dental health. Even the removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and predispose the teeth that have shifted to problems. This tooth shifting will cause your bite to collapse and the unopposed teeth to start erupting again giving a roller coaster shape to your bite.
The extracted teeth can be replaced by implants, bridges or removable partial dentures. Replacing extracted teeth promptly avoids the collapse of your bite and preserves your natural bite while keeping the cost and time to a minimum. Implants and bridges are fixed restorations that replace the extracted teeth and are the most durable, most esthetic restorations. Removable partial dentures can also be created. Dr. Anderson can explain the best options in each case.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson call (308) 365-1885 or click here.