Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Maplewood, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many individuals in Maplewood, MO, much 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 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 Maplewood, MO.
When it comes to a procedure like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and team you can trust near Maplewood, MO. Call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard office, or reach out to us today to schedule an appointment or consultation. New patients near Maplewood, MO, are always welcome at either convenient location.
Martin Dental & Associates is proud to be responsible for your wisdom tooth extraction near Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, MO?
Wisdom tooth extraction can be completed at either of our offices near Maplewood, MO, in a single visit. If wisdom teeth are not extracted, they can cause your teeth to crowd, become infected, and leave permanent damage to surrounding teeth and/or your gums.
Maplewood, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow 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. Several individuals in Maplewood, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to varying degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Many near Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, 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 step-by-step, customized treatment plan for you in Maplewood, MO, including any applicable wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This ongoing communication is vital to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.
When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Maplewood, MO?
It is essential 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 exposed and untreated, the more likely the chance of infection and lasting damage. The wisdom tooth extraction procedure itself is relatively simple, and routinely lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team of experts near Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, MO, patients with a customized recovery process, including instructions and alleviations on:
- Pain management
- Swelling and bruising
- Cleaning your mouth
- Tobacco use
- Food and beverage options
Maplewood, 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 Maplewood, MO. Even if your impacted teeth are not currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to prevent crucial problems that can come from the overcrowding and other complications in Maplewood, MO.
Talk to Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates staff to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction near Maplewood, MO, now. Contact us or call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights location, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location.