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Bridgeton, MO

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Bridgeton, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many people in Bridgeton, 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 people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime. But its widespread popularity certainly does not 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, elevating the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near Bridgeton, MO.

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

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

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

Bridgeton, MO wisdom tooth extraction is scheduled mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth come 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 people in Bridgeton, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to varying degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Many near Bridgeton, 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). Be sure to contact the Martin Dental & Associates team near Bridgeton, 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 Bridgeton, 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 prepare a detailed, customized treatment plan for you in Bridgeton, MO, including any pertinent wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This ongoing communication is essential to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

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

It is vital 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 bare and untreated, the better chance there is of infection and lasting damage. The wisdom tooth extraction procedure itself is relatively simple, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team of experts near Bridgeton, 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 can vary, from a couple of days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Bridgeton, MO, patients with a personalized recovery plan, including instructions and alleviations on:

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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine dental treatment, one that Dr. Martin has done for more than 30 years near Bridgeton, MO. Even if your impacted teeth aren't 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 Bridgeton, MO.

Speak with Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates staff to make your wisdom tooth extraction near Bridgeton, MO, now. Contact us or call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights location, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location.