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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Huntleigh, MO

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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

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

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

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

Huntleigh, MO wisdom tooth extraction is scheduled mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth come in, they can crowd the mouth and cause several possible problems. But the most frequent cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many people in Huntleigh, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to varying degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Several near Huntleigh, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that come in only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (remaining beneath the gum surface). Be sure to contact the Martin Dental & Associates team near Huntleigh, 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 Huntleigh, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We recommend that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to assure proper care for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will prepare a step-by-step, customized treatment plan for you in Huntleigh, MO, including any pertinent 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 Huntleigh, 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 exposed and untreated, the better chance there is of infection and permanent damage. The wisdom tooth extraction procedure itself is moderately easy, and routinely lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team of experts near Huntleigh, 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 Huntleigh, MO, patients with a customized recovery process, including instructions and alleviations on:

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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental surgery, one that Dr. Martin has done for more than 30 years near Huntleigh, 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 be caused by the overcrowding and other complications in Huntleigh, MO.

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