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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Belle, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many people in Belle, MO, much like getting a driver's license. In fact, over 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year, according to data published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. And, coincidentally, there is an average of almost 9 million new drivers aged 19 and younger each year.

Surgical wisdom tooth extractions are actually the most common surgery in the United States. Roughly 85 percent of people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime. But its widespread popularity certainly doesn't minimize the importance or severity of wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to form in your mouth, located on each of the upper and lower jawbone. They don’t come in at the same time and, oftentimes, grow incorrectly, elevating the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near Belle, MO.

When it comes to a process like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and staff you can trust near Belle, MO. Call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard office, or contact us now to schedule an appointment or consultation. New patients near Belle, MO, are always welcome at either convenient locale.

Martin Dental & Associates is proud to be responsible for your wisdom tooth extraction near Belle, MO, a task we don't take lightly. We provide several high-quality services, including:

How Do I Know If I Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Belle, MO?

Wisdom tooth extraction can be scheduled at either of our locations near Belle, MO, in a single visit. If wisdom teeth are not extracted, they can cause your teeth to crowd, become infected, and leave permanent damage to surrounding teeth and/or your gums.

Belle, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and lead to several likely problems. But the most frequent cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Several people in Belle, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Several near Belle, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that grow only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (remaining beneath the gum surface). Make certain you contact the Martin Dental & Associates staff near Belle, MO, for a full consultation and diagnosis on a wisdom tooth extraction. An impacted wisdom tooth may:

  • Grow at an angle toward the next tooth, a second molar
  • Grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth
  • Grow at a right angle to the other teeth, as if the wisdom tooth is "lying down"
  • Grow straight up or down like other teeth, but stay trapped with the jawbone

Complications can unfold quickly from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in Belle, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We propose that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to assure proper care for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will build a detailed, personalized treatment plan for you in Belle, MO, including any applicable wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This continuing communication is indispensable to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Belle, MO?

It is essential to have wisdom teeth extracted prior to full growth because it is far easier and less painful during the earliest stages of growth. The longer the wisdom teeth are left bare and untreated, the better chance there is of infection and permanent damage. The wisdom tooth extraction process itself is moderately easy, and routinely lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team near Belle, MO, numb the targeted extraction area with specialized anesthesia. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Martin uses specialty instruments to gently loosen and pry the wisdom teeth out of their sockets.

A patient's recovery time varies, from a couple of days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Belle, MO, patients with a personalized recovery process, including instructions and alleviations on:

  • Pain management
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Cleaning your mouth
  • Activity
  • Tobacco use
  • Food and beverage options

Belle, MO Wisdom Tooth Extraction | Dr. John Martin Dental & Associates of Greater St. Louis

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental treatment, one that Dr. Martin has done for more than 30 years near Belle, MO. Even if your impacted teeth are not currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to prevent notable issues that can come from the overcrowding and other complications in Belle, MO.

Talk to Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates team to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction near Belle, MO, today. Reach out to us or call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights location, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard office.