Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Kent, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many people in Kent, 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 individuals need to have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime. But its widespread popularity surely does not 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 Kent, MO.
When it comes to a process like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and staff you can trust near Kent, MO. Call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location, or reach out to us now to make an appointment or consultation. First-time patients near Kent, MO, are always welcome at either convenient location.
Martin Dental & Associates is proud to be responsible for your wisdom tooth extraction near Kent, 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 Kent, MO?
Wisdom tooth extraction can be done at either of our offices near Kent, 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.
Kent, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and lead to various possible problems. But the most common cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many individuals in Kent, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to varying degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Many near Kent, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that grow only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (staying under the gum surface). Make certain you contact the Martin Dental & Associates team near Kent, 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
Problems can develop rapidly from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in Kent, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We propose that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to ensure proper medical attention for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will build a detailed, personalized treatment plan for you in Kent, 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 Kent, MO?
It is important to have wisdom teeth extracted before they are fully grown because it is far 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 permanent damage. The wisdom tooth extraction process itself is relatively simple, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team near Kent, 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 a couple of days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Kent, 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
Kent, MO Wisdom Tooth Extraction | Dr. John Martin Dental & Associates of Greater St. Louis
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental process, one that Dr. Martin has done for more than 30 years near Kent, MO. Even if your impacted teeth aren't currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to prevent significant problems that can come from the overcrowding and other complications in Kent, MO.
Speak with Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates team to make your wisdom tooth extraction near Kent, MO, now. Contact us or phone us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location.