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Woodson Terrace, MO

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Woodson Terrace, MO. Wisdom tooth extraction is basically a rite of passage for many individuals in Woodson Terrace, 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 should 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 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, elevating the necessity for a wisdom tooth extraction near Woodson Terrace, MO.

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

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

Wisdom tooth extraction can be completed at either of our offices near Woodson Terrace, 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.

Woodson Terrace, MO wisdom tooth extraction is scheduled largely as a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth come in, they can crowd the mouth and cause various likely problems. But the most frequent reason for wisdom tooth extraction is an impacted wisdom tooth. Many people in Woodson Terrace, MO develop impacted wisdom teeth, to various degrees and at varying times, making a wisdom tooth extraction necessary. Some near Woodson Terrace, 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). Be sure to reach out to the Martin Dental & Associates staff near Woodson Terrace, 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 Woodson Terrace, MO, including pain, infection, gum disease, and tooth decay. We propose 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, customized treatment plan for you in Woodson Terrace, MO, including any appropriate wisdom tooth extraction specifications. This continuing communication is essential to Martin Dental & Associates' patient-doctor relationship.

When Do I Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Near Woodson Terrace, 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 exposed and untreated, the more likely the chance 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 Woodson Terrace, 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 varies, from a couple of days to a week. Dr. Martin prepares his Woodson Terrace, 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

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

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