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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Berkeley, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many people in Berkeley, MO, a lot 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 individuals should 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 final 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, increasing the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near Berkeley, MO.

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

Martin Dental & Associates is proud to be responsible for your wisdom tooth extraction near Berkeley, 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 Berkeley, MO?

Wisdom tooth extraction can be completed at either of our offices near Berkeley, MO, in a single visit. If wisdom teeth aren't extracted, they can cause your teeth to crowd, become infected, and leave lasting damage to surrounding teeth and/or your gums.

Berkeley, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and cause various potential problems. But the most common reason for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Several people in Berkeley, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Many near Berkeley, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that come in only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (staying under the gum surface). Make certain you reach out to the Martin Dental & Associates team near Berkeley, 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 develop rapidly from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in Berkeley, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We recommend that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to ensure proper medical attention for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will build a step-by-step, customized treatment plan for you in Berkeley, MO, including any applicable wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This continuing communication is essential to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

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

It is essential to have wisdom teeth extracted prior to full growth because it is a lot easier and less painful during the earliest stages of growth. The longer the wisdom teeth are left exposed and untreated, the more likely the chance of infection and permanent damage. The wisdom tooth extraction process itself is moderately simple, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team near Berkeley, MO, numb the targeted extraction area with specialized anesthesia. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Martin utilizes specialty instruments to gently loosen and pry the wisdom teeth out of their sockets.

A patient's recovery time can vary, from two days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Berkeley, MO, patients with a customized recovery plan, including instructions and alleviations on:

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

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

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

Speak with Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates team to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction near Berkeley, MO, today. Contact us or phone us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location.