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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Gray Summit, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is essentially a rite of passage for many people in Gray Summit, MO, a lot like getting a driver's license. In fact, more than 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 surely doesn't lessen 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, frequently, grow incorrectly, elevating the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near Gray Summit, MO.

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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be scheduled at either of our offices near Gray Summit, 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.

Gray Summit, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and cause various likely problems. But the most common cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many people in Gray Summit, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to varying degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Several near Gray Summit, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that grow only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (staying beneath the gum surface). Be sure to contact the Martin Dental & Associates staff near Gray Summit, 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 Gray Summit, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We recommend that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to assure proper medical attention for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will prepare a detailed, personalized treatment plan for you in Gray Summit, 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 Gray Summit, MO?

It is vital to have wisdom teeth extracted prior to full growth because it is much 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 moderately simple, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his staff near Gray Summit, 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 varies, from two days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Gray Summit, 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

Gray Summit, 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 over 30 years near Gray Summit, MO. Even if your impacted teeth are not currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to head off notable problems that can be caused by the overcrowding and other complications in Gray Summit, MO.

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