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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Jennings, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many individuals in Jennings, 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 certainly 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, oftentimes, grow incorrectly, elevating the need for a wisdom tooth extraction near Jennings, MO.

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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be scheduled at either of our locations near Jennings, 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.

Jennings, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth come in, they can crowd the mouth and lead to various likely problems. But the most common reason for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Several people in Jennings, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Several near Jennings, 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). Be sure to reach out to the Martin Dental & Associates team near Jennings, 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 unfold quickly from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in Jennings, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We suggest that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to ensure proper care for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will prepare a detailed, personalized treatment plan for you in Jennings, MO, including any appropriate 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 Jennings, MO?

It is vital to have wisdom teeth extracted before they are fully grown 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 process itself is relatively easy, and routinely lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team of experts near Jennings, 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 Jennings, 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

Jennings, 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 Jennings, MO. Even if your impacted teeth aren't currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to head off crucial problems that can be caused by the overcrowding and other complications in Jennings, MO.

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