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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Pacific, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is essentially a rite of passage for many people in Pacific, 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 individuals need to have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime. But its widespread popularity certainly does not lessen 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, elevating the need for a wisdom tooth extraction near Pacific, MO.

When it comes to a procedure like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and team you can trust near Pacific, 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. New patients near Pacific, MO, are always welcome at either convenient location.

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be done at either of our locations near Pacific, 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.

Pacific, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth come in, they can crowd the mouth and cause various potential problems. But the most common cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Several individuals in Pacific, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Several near Pacific, 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). Be sure to contact the Martin Dental & Associates staff near Pacific, 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 Pacific, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We suggest that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to guarantee proper medical attention for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will build a step-by-step, customized treatment plan for you in Pacific, MO, including any appropriate 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 Pacific, MO?

It is important 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 bare 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 staff near Pacific, 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 Pacific, MO, patients with a personalized recovery process, including instructions and alleviations on:

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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine dental process, one that Dr. Martin has done for more than 30 years near Pacific, 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 Pacific, MO.

Talk to Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates staff to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction near Pacific, 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.