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University City, MO

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction University City, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many individuals in University City, 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 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, frequently, grow incorrectly, increasing the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near University City, MO.

When it comes to a process like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and staff you can trust near University City, 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 today to make an appointment or consultation. First-time patients near University City, MO, are always welcome at either convenient office.

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be done at either of our offices near University City, MO, in a single visit. If wisdom teeth aren't extracted, they can cause your teeth to crowd, become infected, and leave lasting damage to surrounding teeth and/or your gums.

University City, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done mostly as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and lead to various potential problems. But the most frequent reason for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many people in University City, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to varying degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Many near University City, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that grow only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (remaining beneath the gum surface). Make certain you contact the Martin Dental & Associates staff near University City, 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 University City, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We recommend that you schedule a scan and consultation with Dr. Martin to assure proper medical attention for a wisdom tooth extraction. He will prepare a detailed, personalized treatment plan for you in University City, MO, including any appropriate wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This continuous communication is indispensable to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near University City, MO?

It is vital to have wisdom teeth extracted prior to full growth 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 better chance there is of infection and permanent damage. The wisdom tooth extraction process itself is moderately easy, and routinely lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his staff near University City, MO, numb the targeted extraction area with specialized anesthesia. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Martin uses 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 University City, 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

University City, 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 more than 30 years near University City, MO. Even if your impacted teeth are not currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to avert notable problems that can come from the overcrowding and other complications in University City, MO.

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