Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Oakland, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many people in Oakland, MO, much 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 doesn't minimize the importance or severity of wisdom tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are the final 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, increasing the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near Oakland, MO.
When it comes to a process like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and staff you can trust near Oakland, MO. Give us a call at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights location, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location, or reach out to us now to schedule an appointment or consultation. First-time patients near Oakland, MO, are always welcome at either convenient location.
Martin Dental & Associates is proud to be responsible for your wisdom tooth extraction near Oakland, 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 Oakland, MO?
Wisdom tooth extraction can be done at either of our locations near Oakland, 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.
Oakland, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and cause various potential problems. But the most frequent cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many people in Oakland, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Some near Oakland, 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). Make certain you reach out to the Martin Dental & Associates team near Oakland, 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 Oakland, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We suggest that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to assure proper medical attention for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will prepare a step-by-step, personalized treatment plan for you in Oakland, MO, including any applicable wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This ongoing communication is indispensable to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.
When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Oakland, MO?
It is important to have wisdom teeth extracted before they are fully grown because it is a lot 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 relatively simple, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team near Oakland, 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 can vary, from two days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Oakland, MO, patients with a personalized recovery process, including instructions and alleviations on:
- Pain management
- Swelling and bruising
- Cleaning your mouth
- Tobacco use
- Food and beverage options
Oakland, 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 over 30 years near Oakland, MO. Even if your impacted teeth aren't currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to prevent crucial issues that can come from the overcrowding and other complications in Oakland, MO.
Speak with Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates team to make your wisdom tooth extraction near Oakland, MO, today. Reach out to us or give us a call at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights location, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location.