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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction St. Ann, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is essentially a rite of passage for many people in St. Ann, 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 should 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 St. Ann, MO.

When it comes to a process like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and team you can trust near St. Ann, MO. Phone us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location, or contact us now to make an appointment or consultation. New patients near St. Ann, MO, are always welcome at either convenient locale.

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be completed at either of our offices near St. Ann, 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.

St. Ann, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and lead to several likely problems. But the most common cause for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Several individuals in St. Ann, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Some near St. Ann, 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 reach out to the Martin Dental & Associates team near St. Ann, 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 develop rapidly from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in St. Ann, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We suggest that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to ensure proper medical attention for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will prepare a detailed, personalized treatment plan for you in St. Ann, MO, including any pertinent 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 St. Ann, MO?

It is essential 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 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 St. Ann, 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 St. Ann, 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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine dental treatment, one that Dr. Martin has done for more than 30 years near St. Ann, MO. Even if your impacted teeth are not currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to prevent notable issues that can be caused by the overcrowding and other complications in St. Ann, MO.

Speak with Dr. John Martin and the Martin Dental & Associates staff to make your wisdom tooth extraction near St. Ann, 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 office.