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Dental care and treatment can improve your smile and boost your self-confidence. Our highly experienced, board-certified dental professionals and compassionate staff make keeping healthy, attractive teeth for your lifetime a reality.

Anderson Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.S.C. provides a full range of dental services including the following:

Wisdom Teeth Extraction FAQs

What are wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, develop during early adulthood, most often between the ages of 15 and 25. Most mouths are too small to support these additional molars, making an extraction procedure necessary. If not removed, the wisdom teeth may cause pain, infection and swelling of the face or gum line, as well as the development of cysts and tumors. ...


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Surgical Dental Extractions

A dental extraction, also known as exodontia, is one of the most common procedures performed at a dentist's office. The procedure involves removing or pulling a tooth. A surgical extraction may be necessary on certain teeth.

Reasons for Surgical Extractions

Dental extractions may be performed to minimize overcrowding or in preparation for braces. An extraction may also be performed to remove the following types of teeth: ...


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Dental Implants

Dental implants are an option to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to removable dentures. Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth that are fixed in the jaw. Implant treatment provides an option to correct the most troublesome cases associated with missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures. ...


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Dental Bone Grafts

Bone grafting is a regenerative treatment option for patients who have lost quality and quantity of supporting bone tissue as a result of periodontal disease. This procedure is often needed before dental implants can be placed. It also helps protect the teeth from bacteria, trauma and further degeneration. ...


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Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging

Radiology is an important tool in diagnosing and assessing dental abnormalities in patients. It is especially helpful in treating patients with problems in the dentomaxillofacial region. Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging, also known as CBCT, is considered an important innovation in dental X-ray diagnostics, particularly for dentomaxillofacial surgery. Unlike regular X-rays, CBCT scans can differentiate among many types of tissue including bone, teeth and nerves. ...


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Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is performed to correct malocclusion, as well as a wide range of facial and dental problems caused by misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Such misalignments can interfere with normal chewing, speaking, or even breathing. While orthognathic surgery is commonly performed to correct functional problems, it may also be performed for cosmetic reasons. ...


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Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Oral and maxillofacial pathology concentrates on diagnosing and understanding the nature of diseases and abnormal conditions in the oral and facial areas. Oral and maxillofacial pathology is a branch of dentistry concerned with the nature and identification of characteristics, causes and effects of diseases affecting the mouth and oral cavity, including the teeth, jaws, soft tissue and salivary glands. ...


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Sinus Lift

A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that raises the membrane on the floor of the sinus to create a space that can be filled with enough bone to support rear-upper-jaw dental implants. The bone is added between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are located on both sides of the nose. Sinus lifts are performed on patients who need dental implants, but do not have enough bone to support them. ...


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Surgical Dental Extractions

A dental extraction, also known as exodontia, is one of the most common procedures performed at a dentist's office. The procedure involves removing or pulling a tooth. A surgical extraction may be necessary on certain teeth.

Reasons for Surgical Extractions

Dental extractions may be performed to minimize overcrowding or in preparation for braces. An extraction may also be performed to remove the following types of teeth: ...


Read More...

Dental Implants

Dental implants are an option to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to removable dentures.  Dental implants are natural-looking replacement teeth that are fixed in the jaw.  Implant treatment provides an option to correct the most troublesome cases associated with missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures. ...


Read More...

Dental Bone Grafts

Bone grafting is a regenerative treatment option for patients who have lost quality and quantity of supporting bone tissue as a result of periodontal disease. This procedure is often needed before dental implants can be placed. It also helps protect the teeth from bacteria, trauma and further degeneration. ...


Read More...

Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging

Radiology is an important tool in diagnosing and assessing dental abnormalities in patients. It is especially helpful in treating patients with problems in the dentomaxillofacial region. Cone Beam CT Scan Imaging, also known as CBCT, is considered an important innovation in dental X-ray diagnostics, particularly for dentomaxillofacial surgery. Unlike regular X-rays, CBCT scans can differentiate among many types of tissue including bone, teeth and nerves. ...


Read More...

Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is performed to correct malocclusion, as well as a wide range of facial and dental problems caused by misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Such misalignments can interfere with normal chewing, speaking, or even breathing. While orthognathic surgery is commonly performed to correct functional problems, it may also be performed for cosmetic reasons. ...


Read More...

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Oral and maxillofacial pathology concentrates on diagnosing and understanding the nature of diseases and abnormal conditions in the oral and facial areas. Oral and maxillofacial pathology is a branch of dentistry concerned with the nature and identification of characteristics, causes and effects of diseases affecting the mouth and oral cavity, including the teeth, jaws, soft tissue and salivary glands. ...


Read More...

Sinus Lift

A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that raises the membrane on the floor of the sinus to create a space that can be filled with enough bone to support rear-upper-jaw dental implants. The bone is added between the jaw and the maxillary sinuses, which are located on both sides of the nose. Sinus lifts are performed on patients who need dental implants, but do not have enough bone to support them. ...


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Orthodontic Exposure

Orthodontic exposure is a surgical procedure performed on an impacted tooth, a tooth that has been unable to fully erupt from the gums. Wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted, but, because they serve no important function, they are typically removed before they can cause any problems. The next most frequently impacted teeth are the canine teeth, also known as eye teeth. This is a more serious situation since canine teeth are very important for biting, ripping and tearing food. When canine teeth become impacted, an effort is made to move them back into their normal position so that they can function properly. ...


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Wisdom Teeth Extraction FAQs

What are wisdom teeth?

The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, develop during early adulthood, most often between the ages of 15 and 25. Most mouths are too small to support these additional molars, making an extraction procedure necessary. If not removed, the wisdom teeth may cause pain, infection and swelling of the face or gum line, as well as the development of cysts and tumors. ...


Read More...