Maintain Your Oral Health by Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
At Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, we provide advanced and comprehensive oral and maxillofacial surgical services for patients across Missouri. This includes wisdom teeth removal. Impacted wisdom teeth do not necessarily have to be removed; however, in many cases, it is better for oral health and hygiene to remove the four third molars known as wisdom teeth.
Do I Need to Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Your third molars are usually the last to develop, which is why they are called your "wisdom teeth." In most cases, they are finished emerging by your mid-teens to early twenties. The average human mouth is able to hold 28 teeth. Your 4 wisdom teeth make 32. If your jaw does not have room for your wisdom teeth, these teeth may be prevented from emerging completely, blocked by the tissue and / or the jawbone. This is known as "impaction." Our South County wisdom teeth oral surgeons can evaluate your mouth to determine if your wisdom teeth require removal.
Three Types of Wisdom Teeth Impaction
- There are multiple types of wisdom teeth impaction:
- Soft tissue impaction - Insufficient room for gum tissue to retract, preventing you from being able to properly clean the wisdom tooth
- Partial bony impaction - Only enough room for the wisdom tooth to partially erupt, leading to cleaning problems, chewing problems, and more
- Complete bony impaction - There is no room for the wisdom tooth to erupt; it stays entrenched in the jaw bone and requires surgical removal, which may be more difficult
Call Our St. Louis Oral Surgeons for a Consultation
We have offices throughout St. Louis and surrounding areas, including O'Fallon, Chesterfield, Festus, Wentzville, St. Louis, South County, and Troy. We are personable and caring, dedicated to the whole patient experience. Learn more about our oral surgery and extraction services by calling today for a consultation.
Contact our St. Louis oral surgeon at Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery today!