Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Black Jack, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is essentially a rite of passage for many people in Black Jack, 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 should have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime. But its widespread popularity certainly does not lessen 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, frequently, grow incorrectly, increasing the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near Black Jack, MO.
When it comes to a procedure like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and staff you can trust near Black Jack, MO. Give us a call at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights location, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard office, or reach out to us now to schedule an appointment or consultation. New patients near Black Jack, MO, are always welcome at either convenient location.
Martin Dental & Associates is proud to be responsible for your wisdom tooth extraction near Black Jack, 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 Black Jack, MO?
Wisdom tooth extraction can be done at either of our offices near Black Jack, 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.
Black Jack, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and cause several likely problems. But the most frequent cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many individuals in Black Jack, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Several near Black Jack, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that grow only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (remaining under the gum surface). Make certain you reach out to the Martin Dental & Associates team near Black Jack, 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
Issues can quickly develop from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in Black Jack, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We suggest that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to assure proper care for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will build a step-by-step, personalized treatment plan for you in Black Jack, MO, including any pertinent wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This continuous communication is essential to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.
When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Black Jack, MO?
It is essential to have wisdom teeth extracted before they are fully grown 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 better chance there is of infection and permanent damage. The wisdom tooth extraction process itself is relatively easy, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his staff near Black Jack, 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 a couple of days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Black Jack, MO, patients with a customized recovery plan, including instructions and alleviations on:
- Pain management
- Swelling and bruising
- Cleaning your mouth
- Tobacco use
- Food and beverage options
Black Jack, MO Wisdom Tooth Extraction | Dr. John Martin Dental & Associates of Greater St. Louis
Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine dental process, one that Dr. Martin has done for more than 30 years near Black Jack, MO. Even if your impacted teeth are not currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to prevent crucial problems that can come from the overcrowding and other complications in Black Jack, MO.
Speak with Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates staff to make your wisdom tooth extraction near Black Jack, MO, today. Reach out to us or give us a call at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard office.