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Richmond Heights, MO

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Richmond Heights, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many people in Richmond Heights, 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 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, increasing the need for a wisdom tooth extraction near Richmond Heights, MO.

When it comes to a process like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and team you can trust near Richmond Heights, 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. First-time patients near Richmond Heights, MO, are always welcome at either convenient locale.

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be scheduled at either of our offices near Richmond Heights, 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.

Richmond Heights, MO wisdom tooth extraction is scheduled mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and cause various possible problems. But the most frequent reason for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Several people in Richmond Heights, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to varying degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Some near Richmond Heights, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that grow only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (remaining under the gum surface). Make certain you reach out to the Martin Dental & Associates staff near Richmond Heights, 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

Complications can quickly develop from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in Richmond Heights, 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 build a step-by-step, customized treatment plan for you in Richmond Heights, MO, including any applicable wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This continuing communication is vital to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Richmond Heights, MO?

It is essential 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 exposed and untreated, the more likely the chance of infection and lasting damage. The wisdom tooth extraction process itself is moderately easy, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his team near Richmond Heights, 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 Richmond Heights, 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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental treatment, one that Dr. Martin has done for over 30 years near Richmond Heights, MO. Even if your impacted teeth are not currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to avert notable issues that can come from the overcrowding and other complications in Richmond Heights, MO.

Talk to Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates team to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction near Richmond Heights, MO, today. Reach out to us or call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location.