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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Webster Groves, MO

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Webster Groves, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is essentially a rite of passage for many people in Webster Groves, 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 people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime. But its widespread popularity certainly doesn't minimize 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, frequently, grow incorrectly, increasing the need for a wisdom tooth extraction near Webster Groves, MO.

When it comes to a process like a wisdom tooth extraction, you need a dentist and team you can trust near Webster Groves, MO. Give us a call at 314-739-1222 for our Maryland Heights office, or 573-764-2425 for our Gerard location, or reach out to us now to schedule an appointment or consultation. New patients near Webster Groves, MO, are always welcome at either convenient office.

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be scheduled at either of our locations near Webster Groves, 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.

Webster Groves, MO wisdom tooth extraction is done largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth grow in, they can crowd the mouth and cause various possible problems. But the most common reason for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many individuals in Webster Groves, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at various times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Many near Webster Groves, MO, have impacted wisdom teeth that come in only partially (just barely scratching the surface of the gum) or not at all (remaining under the gum surface). Be sure to contact the Martin Dental & Associates team near Webster Groves, 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 develop rapidly from untreated impacted wisdom teeth in Webster Groves, 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 detailed, personalized treatment plan for you in Webster Groves, MO, including any applicable wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This continuing communication is indispensable to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Webster Groves, 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 better chance there is of infection and lasting damage. The wisdom tooth extraction process itself is moderately simple, and typically lasts less than an hour. Dr. Martin and his staff near Webster Groves, 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 two days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Webster Groves, MO, patients with a customized recovery plan, including instructions and alleviations on:

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

Webster Groves, 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 over 30 years near Webster Groves, MO. Even if your impacted teeth aren't currently causing problems, Martin Dental & Associates can extract your wisdom tooth or teeth to avert significant problems that can be caused by the overcrowding and other complications in Webster Groves, MO.

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