Tooth Extraction

We always strive to preserve the teeth, but there are times when tooth extraction is necessary to restore health and function to your mouth.

If you are experiencing crowding, impaction, extensive decay, or trauma, it's best to address the problem now to avoid future complications.

Dr. Gregory E. Anderson performs tooth extraction and makes your comfort his top priority at his Logan and Garland, UT, offices.

Look to a Healthy Future A Virtually Painless Procedure

We understand. Tooth extraction seems like an ending. But we encourage our dental patients to see it as a positive step to bringing back their oral health. With discomfort behind you, you are free to map out a new path forward to revive your smile.

Unlike a typical dentist, Dr. Anderson is a board-certified oral surgeon. He has offices in Logan and Garland where he can help you make educated choices for restoring form and function to your smile after an extraction. Depending on your needs, you can consider dental implants, bridges, or another dental solution. And if your wisdom tooth is being extracted, you probably won't need to do anything to replace it.

While tooth extraction is rarely what you want, there are times when it is the right thing to do: 

Improve Your Oral Health

Removing a severely decayed or broken tooth reduces your chances of developing a serious infection, which could damage your oral health by spreading to surrounding teeth, gums, and bone. 

Avoid Impaction Complications

An impacted tooth, which is trapped under the gumline, can lead to serious complications such as infection, chronic discomfort, and misalignment in your mouth.

Prepare for Orthodontics

When the teeth are too crowded, removing one or more of them allows for orthodontic treatment that will give you a more attractive and symmetrical smile.

Prevent Problems with Wisdom Teeth

Your wisdom teeth may not be a problem now, but they can create oral problems for you in the future, including impaction, misalignment, or gum disease.

Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Scheduling a dental consultation with a trusted doctor is the best way to find out if you need an extraction to restore your oral health.

Dr. Gregory E. Anderson is not your typical dentist. He is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and a diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He has been in practice for 25 years and is conveniently located with dentistry offices in Logan and Garland, UT.

Dr. Anderson's extensive dental expertise allows him to manage a wide variety of problems and determine what solutions are appropriate for your case. He uses the latest technology, such as digital X-rays, to closely evaluate the problem and provide safe and effective treatment.

Reasons Extraction May Be Necessary

Damaged Teeth

A tooth that has been too badly damaged by trauma or decay to be repaired may need to be removed. A tooth that has a vertical crack that extends below the gum line may also need extraction as it is prone to infection.

Overcrowding and Impaction

When teeth are too large for your mouth or they are trapped under the gumline, some may need to be removed to prepare for orthodontia to correct alignment in your mouth.

Serious Root Canal Infection

When decay enters the interior, or pulp, of a tooth, root canal therapy may be able to treat the infection. However, if the infection is severe, your dentist may need to perform an extraction to prevent the spread of the infection. 

Severe Gum Disease

Extensive gum disease can damage the tissue and bones that support the teeth. In extreme cases, this requires the removal of the tooth.   

Wisdom Teeth

The wisdom teeth can cause various problems, from impaction and overcrowding to being difficult to clean; these issues can increase the risk of cavities and gum infections.  

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Tooth extraction can be beneficial when restoration isn't an option. If your wisdom teeth are growing in, you have a toothache, or you have suffered dental trauma, call us to set up a consultation with Dr. Anderson today. We have oral and maxillofacial surgery offices in Logan and Garland:

(435) 755-5000

"Highly recommend Dr. Anderson and his team."


Tiffany Lanning

Logan, UT


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My previous dentist failed to find/notify me of a dental ulcer sitting above a root canal. Dr. Andersons team has been great in helping with the extraction, addressing any concerns, and ensuring I have the best possible outcome with the implant experience. Highly recommend Dr. Anderson and his team.

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Linda Bradak

Logan, UT


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I felt exceedingly well cared for by Dr. Anderson and his staff. Though this immediate post-op period isn't fun, I am confident that all will be "blue skies and green lights" again soon.

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Patients Agree: Tooth Extraction Is Not Painful

A 2016 study found that among a group of 52 patients,

89% experienced less pain than expected

*According to research published in Clinical Oral Investigations.

Can I Put Off Tooth Extraction?

We understand your first impulse may be to put off having an extraction. But avoiding a needed tooth extraction can lead to more oral health problems, sometimes very quickly. 

When teeth are severely damaged or have extensive decay, it opens the door to a greater risk of infection throughout your mouth that could spread to other parts of your body. If impacted teeth aren't removed, they can cause damage to surrounding tissues and cause pain. 

If you have suffered trauma to your mouth or if you have pain or swelling in the gums, it's best to schedule an appointment to understand how quickly you should act and what steps should be taken to prevent a problem from escalating and requiring more extensive dentistry treatments later.

Impacted tooth trapped in the gumline

Request Your Consultation Now

If you have suffered dental trauma, have pain, or experience swelling, we recommend scheduling an appointment to find the source of the problem. Waiting or avoiding a necessary extraction may exacerbate the problem and require more extensive dental treatment to restore your oral health.

If you have questions, feel free to leave us a message or call our office. Or, request a dental consultation right now at either our Logan or Garland offices:

Call Us: (435) 755-5000

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Esther Park

Logan, UT


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They finish the surgery quickly with skill

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Thomas Carter

Logan, UT


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Had implants put in very nice staff and professional

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What to Expect With a Tooth Extraction

The procedure is virtually painless and Dr. Anderson, an oral surgeon, uses the latest technology to provide a safe and effective extraction that will restore your oral health and put discomfort behind you.
Anxious? We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options. 
Anxious? We offer a variety of sedation dentistry options. 

Comfort First

Your dentist will ensure your comfort by administering local anesthesia. If you prefer, we also offer intravenous (IV) sedation or outpatient general anesthesia in both of our state-of-the-art offices in Logan and Garland. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.

Gentle Removal

The tooth is gently loosened from the socket using forceps. If it is severely impacted, incisions may be made in the gum and bone tissue for easier removal.

Socket Preservation

Once the tooth is removed, we recommend socket preservation, which preserves bone density and helps prevent other teeth from shifting into the empty space. Socket preservation is particularly beneficial if you plan on getting a dental implant.

Final Steps

If necessary, sutures will be used to close the site. You will then be asked to gently bite down on a piece of sterile gauze to limit bleeding until a blood clot forms.

You Have Options After Tooth Extraction

Undergoing tooth extraction doesn't mean you have to live with gaps in your smile forever. Patients at our Logan and Garland, UT, offices who have recently recovered from tooth extraction can be excellent candidates for implant-supported dental restorations.

Missing teeth can cause your jawbone to lose density over time, and many patients require a preparatory bone graft or sinus lift to supplement their jaw tissue before implant placement. Fortunately, recent extraction patients are likely to have retained their jawbone density, making implant-supported restorations an effective solution.

Dental crown implant

Single-Tooth Implant-Supported Crowns

If you have had one tooth extracted, we can fill the gap in your smile with a natural-looking implant-supported crown restoration that subtly blends in with the rest of your teeth.

Dental bridge implant

Implant-Supported Bridges

Patients who have had a few consecutive teeth extracted can enjoy comfortable eating, speaking, and smiling again with an implant-supported dental bridge.

Full-arch restoration implant

Full-Arch Restorations

If you have had an entire row of teeth extracted, an implant-supported denture is the most durable, lifelike choice to transform the appearance and function of your smile.



Fill Gaps in Your Smile With the Help of a Board-Certified Surgeon

Practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery since 1994, Dr. Gregory E. Anderson uses the latest dental techniques and technologies to help our patients in Utah achieve incredible, lasting results after tooth loss or tooth extraction. Whether you're interested in implant-supported restorations or other options to replace missing teeth, we can provide answers to your questions.

To learn more about how our skilled dentist can restore your smile after tooth extraction, contact our offices in Logan and Garland, UT.

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(435) 755-5000

Dedicated Care From Start to Finish

"Was extremely lucky that I found Dr. Anderson. I had a severe tooth infection, and he wasn't working in his Logan office that day (a Friday) but got a hold of him on his emergency number, and he went out of his way to promptly meet me at his Logan office and perform an emergency surgery to relieve my severely swollen face from the swelling from the infection. Was extremely worried that my face was swelling more and more by the day and was worried that I wouldn't be able to find anyone before the weekend. My dentist tried to help the day prior to that but only made things much worse. It was the worst pain I've ever felt, but Dr. Anderson saved my butt, and was extremely pleasant to work with, easy to talk to, and very kind. Thank you Dr. Anderson! Would be happy to come back to you anytime!"
David James

Aftercare Tips

Dr. Anderson will let you know how to best care for your mouth after a tooth extraction. These are a few tips you can use to help promote healing and recovery after your tooth extraction:

Avoid Straws

After your tooth extraction, blood clots will form at the extraction site and bleeding will subside. The pressure from using straws can cause the blood clot to become dislodged, which can be painful and interfere with healing.

Watch What You Eat

Stick to soft foods after your tooth extraction. You can avoid disrupting the surgical site by only consuming soft foods for the first few days of your recovery. Also, avoid hot beverages and spicy foods.

Swish With Salt Water

Don't rinse your mouth or spit for the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction, as this can disrupt the blood clot and recovery process. However, begin rinsing with salt water after 24 hours to promote healing.

Take Pain Medication

Depending on the type of tooth extraction you receive, Dr. Anderson may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the counter medication. Stay on top of taking this medication as directed to avoid any painful symptoms. Simple measures like using an ice pack can also help you manage discomfort.

Are You in Pain? Request a Consultation

Are you experiencing a toothache? Let us take a look and determine if conservative treatment can provide relief, or if tooth extraction is the best solution. Call to request a consultation at our Garland or Logan oral and maxillofacial surgery offices:

(435) 755-5000

"Highly recommended!" 5-Star Reviews From Our Patients


Rebecca McGarry

Logan, UT


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Greg is so knowledgeable and skilled. He's an excellent surgeon. He has completed many procedures for myself and my family. Highly recommended!

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Sadie Sessions

Logan, UT


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Dr. Anderson and staff were so nice and helpful! They were efficient but thorough for the exam and were able to answer all my questions. I would definitely recommend their office to friends and family!

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We Offer Anesthesia & Sedation For Your Comfort

We want you to feel comfortable and worry-free during your procedure, which is why we offer the following anesthesia and sedation options:

Local Anesthesia

Along with sedation options to relax your mind and body, our dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the extraction site for a virtually painless procedure.

IV Sedation

Sedation can be paired with your local anesthetic to create a sense of calm. With intravenous (IV) sedation, you are conscious throughout the entire procedure, but in a deep state of relaxation. You may not remember the procedure after the effects wear off.

General Anesthesia

Dr. Anderson works with anesthesiologists to provide general anesthesia to patients requiring the deepest sedation. Patients undergoing extraction typically don't need general anesthesia.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is the lightest form of sedation. Inhaled through a mask placed over your nose, the effects wear off quickly and can be ideal for simple, non-surgical extractions.

Dental Implants  & Related Treatments

Dental Implants

Following extraction of an adult tooth, a dental implant can replace lost tooth roots, support replacement teeth, and prevent the jaw atrophy that otherwise follows tooth loss. Consider dental implants after your extraction.

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Sinus Lift

If you need dental implants to replace one or more teeth in the upper jaw, special care must be taken to avoid disrupting the sinus membranes. If your sinuses are too low, a sinus lift can help you qualify for treatment by adding bone tissue to accommodate the implants.

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Bone Grafting

Sufficient jawbone density is required for the implants to integrate with the jaw. Dr. Anderson can perform bone grafts to help improve your bone density if you have suffered any degree of jaw recession.

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"Efficient and professional." More 5-Star Reviews From Logan and Garland Patients


Jordan Donavan

Logan, UT


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Just so efficient and professional staff was amazing and had two extractions and did in such a timely manner I recommend Dr Anderson anytime for reliable service and great customer service .

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Deven Ferlin

Logan, UT


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I received the greatest care and service here with Dr. Anderson. His team of nurses and the doctor himself was very forthcoming with everything they were going to do and attentive to every concern and need I had. Highly recommend for dental work.

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Dr. Gregory E. Anderson PC

Gregory E. Anderson PC

Dr. Anderson is an oral and maxillofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose qualifications include:

  • Board certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Graduated magna cum laude from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry
  • Diplomate of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

He is dedicated to helping patients in Logan, Garland, and surrounding areas overcome facial pain, injuries, and other conditions to improve your quality of life. Learn more about the specialized treatment he can provide by contacting our office online or calling (435) 755-5000.

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