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St. Ann, MO

Wisdom Tooth Removal in St. Ann, MO

Wisdom Tooth Removal in St. Ann, MO. When that third and last set of molars, known as wisdom teeth, start to grow, it's time to consider wisdom tooth removal in St. Ann, MO. When you or your 16 to 23 year old child is beginning to get wisdom teeth or starts to suffer from dental health problems related to the development of these teeth, you need to talk with your St. Ann, MO dentist about wisdom tooth removal in St. Ann, MO and decide if it is right for you.

When you are planning a wisdom tooth removal in St. Ann, MO, you need a dental facility you can trust - one with qualified oral surgeons who have significant experience treating patients like you in their wisdom tooth removal and other oral health needs. Dr. John Martin Dental & Associates is prepared to provide expert wisdom tooth removal that promises a smooth recovery and protection against future dental problems. Contact us today to learn more or schedule your wisdom tooth removal appointment St. Ann, MO in advance. Reach us here.


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Why We Need Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom tooth removal in St. Ann, MO is primarily a preventative measure. When wisdom teeth start to form, they often crowd the mouth and lead to all sorts of possible problems. Wisdom teeth removal is used to prevent:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth that aren't able to break through your gums because your jaw is not large enough to accommodate them
  • Wisdom teeth that emerge through your gums only part of the way. A layer of gum tissue can then grow over the teeth, becoming a pocket where food and bacteria can get trapped, inflaming the area and causing infection
  • Once you have an impacted tooth, you are liable to suffer from other problems as infection, damage to other teeth or facial bones, an abscess, or a cyst
  • A wisdom tooth or multiple teeth growing in at the wrong angle - the top of the tooth could grow forward, backward, towards the inside of the mouth, or towards the cheek. This can be troublesome and lead to further dental issues and complications

Even if your wisdom teeth have already grown in long ago and you didn’t do anything about it when you were younger, wisdom tooth removal in St. Ann, MO may still be a good option for you yet. In addition to protecting against potential damage, infection, and dental hygiene trouble associated with these teeth, wisdom tooth removal help manage and alleviate:

  • Pain
  • Infection or gum disease
  • Tooth decay in an erupted wisdom tooth
  • Tooth or bone damage
  • The development of a cyst near the wisdom tooth
  • Difficulty in other orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth

What to Expect in Wisdom Tooth Removal

When you and your dentist consider a wisdom tooth removal procedure in St. Ann, MO, the first step is to gather information and determine the appropriate way to go about the process. At this point, you should do your research on wisdom tooth removal and ask your dentist any questions you have. The procedure is generally very low risk, but there are some possible complications for which you are at a higher risk if you have an active mouth infection, immune system or other health problems, prescription medications, or if you are a smoker.

Your wisdom tooth removal dentist will take x-rays to see where the wisdom teeth are and decide on the best way to perform the procedure. The appointment for the procedure itself will be a quick outpatient visit, and you will either receive given local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia.

The wisdom tooth removal procedure:

  1. If necessary, the surgeon makes an incision in the gum to expose and access the wisdom tooth
  2. They will remove any bone that is blocking access to the root of the tooth
  3. Cut the tooth into sections to make it easier to remove
  4. Take out the tooth
  5. Clean out the site of the removed tooth completely, getting rid of any debris or small pieces of the tooth or bone
  6. Some cases call for stitches to close the wound
  7. After the procedure, you may be given gauze to control bleeding and help the healing process

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Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery

Just like any kind of procedure, your recovery from the extraction will be unique. However, most patients will feel only slight pain and discomfort for about three to five days following the wisdom tooth removal procedure. It's important to closely follow your oral surgeon's instructions for care of the extraction site following the surgery. You may be prescribed something to help manage the pain. You will want to apply ice to reduce swelling, eat easy-tp-eat foods and stay hydrated but don’t use a straw, and clean out the site of the extractions to prevent bacteria buildup.

Most patients are able to return to life as normal within a few days of the procedure, with no need to follow up with the oral surgeon. You should reach out and seek help if you experience anything troubling such as ongoing bleeding, a terrible taste, numbness, or dry socket inflammation after a few days.


Wisdom Tooth Removal in St. Ann, MO | Dr. John Martin Dental & Associates

Wisdom tooth removal is a common dental treatment that treats and prevents significant issues that can come from the overcrowding and other complications of incoming back molar - or wisdom - teeth. If you are looking for a trustworthy, reputable dental office to perform the wisdom tooth removal procedure you need, there's only one choice: Dr. John Martin Dental & Associates. Contact us today at our Maryland Heights office at (314) 739-1222 or our Gerald location at 573-764-2425.