Andrew E. Himsworth, DMD


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Dr. Andy was born in Eugene, Oregon and raised in the Portland area. He graduated from Lakeridge High School then went on to attend Western Oregon State College.  Dr. Andy then earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Dentistry in 1987.

Dr. Andy is married to high school sweetheart, Karen, and they have two children who are now young adults. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family, usually in the form of travel and outdoor activities. Dr. Andy is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys skiing, fly fishing, stand-up paddling, and surfing. He also plays a mean electric guitar. Christian ministry is an important aspect of Dr. Andy’s life.

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“The Best Dental Experience I Have Ever Had”:

Advanced Training:

Dr. Andy completed the highest level of training from the Orognathic Bioesthetic International Institute in 1997.  He earned a Level IV certificate requiring 3 additional years of study after graduation from dental school.  Dr. Andy has employed these advanced principles for over 16 years.

Dr. Andy’s Strategy:  Treat the Cause  –  Not the Symptoms

He has expertise in treating:

  • Esthetic issues of the teeth and face
  • TMJ (jaw pain)
  • Restoration of “bad bites” (poor occlusion)(misalignment of teeth)
  • Restoration of problems due to tooth wear
  • Bruxism (tooth grinding)
  • Fracturing of teeth
  • Full mouth rehabilitation

TMJ Pain Symptoms:

TMJ is a disorder involving the chewing muscles, jaw joint, and bite.  Here are a variety of symptoms that may be linked to TMJ disorders:

  • Pain in the jaw joint – the most noticeable
  • Pain in the chewing muscles
  • Ear-jaw pain combination
  • Radiating pain in the face or neck
  • Jaw muscle stiffness
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Painful clicking or popping noises
  • Grating in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

TMJ Treatment:  You are not alone.  Your first step is to call Dr. Andy, your TMJ/TMD dentist in Vancouver, WA today for an examination at our Cascade Dental, Fisher’s Landing office.

TMJ pain should not be ignored as it will not go away by itself.

Experiences:

  • Dr. Andy served as a captain in the US Army stationed in Europe for 3 years providing general dental services to members of the armed forces and the local population.
  • Witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall!  Wow!
  • Over 23 years performing all aspects of general and advanced restorative dentistry.
  • An Invisalign orthodontic provider
  • Voted “Outstanding Student in the Natural Sciences” at Western Oregon State College.

Get To Know Dr. Andy

We recently asked Dr. Andy a few questions about his dentistry career.  Here are his answers. We thought you’d find it interesting!

How old were you, and what made you decide you wanted to become a dentist?
“I had a great role model as a dentist when growing up.  He was a family friend, a great guy, and a great dentist.  I made my mind up at age 7.”

What is one thing you find most satisfying about being a dentist?
“I enjoy building relationships with my patients in a mutually trusting environment.  When everyone works together, great things can be accomplished.”

What advice would you give to a young person considering a career in Dentistry?
“I would have them hit the sciences hard in school.  Science is a window to reality and is deeply fascinating.  You don’t have to be a nerd to appreciate the natural beauty quantified in science.  Besides that, observe several dentists in their practice.  Dentists are fine people.  Find a mentor whose practice you respect and admire and build around that.”

Why did you choose Cascade Dental ?
“I enjoy sorting out complex problems involving the jaw joint (TMJ), correcting bites (occlusion) and arriving at finished results that takes years off a patient’s appearance (esthetics).  The dentists and hygienists at Fisher’s Landing are all uncompromising in their service to patients.  The advanced training skills I have to offer are seen as important in their eyes, and they don’t hesitate to have their patients see if they feel I can improve their quality of life.  Also, I’m a positive person, and this is an office full of great attitudes!”

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Dr. Andy better!  And, as always, THANKS for being our valued patients and friends!