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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction St. John, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many people in St. John, MO, a lot 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 surely 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, increasing the need for a wisdom tooth extraction near St. John, MO.

When it comes to a procedure like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and staff you can trust near St. John, MO. Call us at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights location, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard office, or reach out to us today to make an appointment or consultation. New patients near St. John, MO, are always welcome at either convenient location.

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be done at either of our offices near St. John, 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.

St. John, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth come in, they can crowd the mouth and cause several possible problems. But the most common reason for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many individuals in St. John, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Several near St. John, 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 team near St. John, 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 unfold quickly from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in St. John, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We propose that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to assure proper care for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will build a detailed, customized treatment plan for you in St. John, MO, including any pertinent wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This ongoing communication is essential to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near St. John, MO?

It is vital to have wisdom teeth extracted before they are fully grown because it is much easier and less painful during the earliest stages of growth. The longer the wisdom teeth are left bare 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 staff near St. John, 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 a couple of days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his St. John, 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

St. John, 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 St. John, MO. Even if your impacted teeth aren't currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to head off notable problems that can be caused by the overcrowding and other complications in St. John, MO.

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