The average jaw can comfortably accommodate 28 teeth. The third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, bump the total number of teeth to 32. Without sufficient space for these teeth to emerge, a range of issues can occur, including infection and overcrowding. At Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we provide state-of-the-art wisdom tooth extraction to protect the health of your smile. Our team of skilled oral surgeons can perform both simple and complex extractions, including the removal of impacted wisdom teeth. With multiple locations in Chesterfield, MO, and throughout the St. Louis area, you can undergo wisdom tooth removal at the office nearest you.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
When there is not enough room in your jaw for wisdom teeth to emerge properly, they can interfere with the health of your smile. We typically recommend extracting wisdom teeth if:
- They are impacted: Wisdom teeth can become trapped in your jawbone or your gums. They may grow towards other teeth or the back of your mouth, causing pain, cysts, or damage to neighboring teeth.
- They erupt at an angle: Your third molars may erupt fully, but grow at the wrong angle. In this situation, they can press against other teeth, causing damage and changing the alignment of your smile.
- You have decay or gum disease: Since the wisdom teeth are so far back, it is often difficult to clean them properly. Partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth can develop or cause health issues, which can spread to other areas of your mouth.
In general, we recommend removing wisdom teeth before age 30, as the risk of complications increases later in life. In addition, the longer you wait, the more complicated and difficult the procedure becomes. However, our surgeons can perform safe and effective wisdom tooth extraction at almost any stage of life.
Tilted wisdom teeth can shift and damage nearby teeth.
What to Expect during Your Visit
At Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, you can expect to receive the highest quality of care throughout each phase of your wisdom tooth removal. For many patients, we can even perform their consultation and surgery on the same day. We can also assess the location of your teeth using our advanced i-CAT™ cone beam CT scanner, which takes precise 3-D images.
The procedure itself typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes. We offer multiple forms of sedation and anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable. The specifics of your extraction will depend on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted or not. Your surgeon will fully discuss what to expect during surgery with you before beginning. Most patients are able to leave our office within 90 minutes.
After Wisdom Tooth Removal
Depending on the type of anesthesia or sedation you received, you may feel drowsy or sleepy until the effects wear off. We typically recommend you arrange for someone to drive you home and that you rest for the remainder of the day.
With a range of cutting-edge technology and advanced training, our surgeons can perform your wisdom tooth extraction safely and efficiently.
You will likely experience swelling and mild discomfort for the first few days after the extraction. It may take a few weeks for the treated area to fully heal.
For the first three days or so, you can use ice and moist heat to address discomfort and bruising. You should stick to soft foods during this time as well and drink plenty of fluids. Our team can provide you with more extensive post-operative instructions during your consultation.
Schedule an Appointment
At Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, our goal is to treat all of our patients like family. With a range of cutting-edge technology and advanced training, our surgeons can perform your wisdom tooth extraction safely and efficiently. If you think you or your child require wisdom tooth removal, call (636) 536-5158 or contact our office online. You can also visit one of our locations to schedule an appointment today.