Wisdom Teeth Removal in Enid OK
When Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth, and positioned furthest to the back of the mouth. Because of their position, even erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to clean. Wisdom teeth collect large amounts of bacteria which then enters the bloodstream through the gums and travels throughout the body. This bacteria has been linked to heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure as well as other serious health problems. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary, whether they are erupted into the mouth or not, to help prevent this accumulation of harmful bacteria. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many other problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
The Wisdom Tooth Removal Oral Examination
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Bowman can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Bowman has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
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Wisdom Teeth Extraction
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sometimes sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Facial Surgery Center Phone Number 580-242-2800.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Facial Surgery Center
Patient Review by Sara H
The process of getting my wisdom teeth removed made me very nervous. Dr. Bowman and nurses made the process very easy. They were caring about the concerns I had. I appreciate that doctor and nurses checked on me. Also peace of mind knowing available over the weekend if anything came up. Highly recommend Dr. Bowman!
- Sara H
Patient Review by Erin M
- Erin M
Patient Review by Tammy D
My children all had their wisdom teeth out by Dr. Bowman and one of my son's had to have emergency surgery on his jaw and I would give this doctor a five star every time. I work for a doctors office in Stillwater and we have oral surgeons I still will drive to Enid to use him and I recommend all of our patients to him.
- Tammy D
Patient Review by Savannah H
- Savannah H
Patient Review by Sean F
Had all 4 wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Bowman. He was awesome! Professional but was easy going and joked around. Doc even called me personally the day after surgery to check up on me and how I was doing. Can't recommend the doc or his staff enough!
- Sean F
Patient Review by Cody P
Great place very professional
- Cody P
Patient Review by Jennifer F
The level of care for the patient and family was amazing. I truly loved the follow up calls from Dr. Bowman after my daughter’s surgery. It makes a big difference when you feel valued and cared for. I will recommend you to several folks.
- Jennifer F
Patient Review by Sarah H
The staff was nice and explain everything before and after surgery. Dr. Bowman was nice and called us on Saturday to check on my daughter. She is also has type 1 diabetes and also ask how her blood sugar was.
- Sarah H
Patient Review by Gillien N
Wonderful staff and Dr. very appreciative of everyone. Dr. Bowman called to check on my daughter, very impressed that Dr. called. It’s usually a nurse that calls. Thank you to all!
- Gillien N
Patient Review by Arlis H
Great experience. Thanks
- Arlis H
Patient Review by Katie V
Everyone was very pleasant!
- Katie V
Patient Review by Mikr P
Very patient friendly
- Mikr P
Patient Review by Shirey H
Dr.Bowman was very kind and his staff and him both called to check on my son.
- Shirey H
Patient Review by Stacie M
Everyone was so nice and had no problem getting an appointment! They were great!
- Stacie M
Patient Review by Mandy F
My daughter had surgery Friday morning. I was surprised to get a phone call late Friday afternoon from a nurse to check on my daughter. I was even more surprised to receive a phone call from her doctor on Saturday checking on her. Those small things mean so much to a worried mom. I highly recommend using Dr. Bowman and his staff.
- Mandy F
Patient Review by Tanner C
Awesome experience. Procedure on Thursday and Dr. Bowman called on Friday to check on us. He even gave us his cell number in case we needed him over the weekend!
- Tanner C
Patient Review by Shannon R
Wonderful experience with Dr.Bowman and his staff. They are great to work with and care about their patients. Dr. Bowman personally called on a Saturday to check on my daughter to make sure she was doing okay.
- Shannon R
Patient Review by Trent A
- Trent A
Patient Review by Lorraine C
Absolutely recommend them. My daughter had 10 wisdom teeth removed and they have called and checked on her more than once. Even the dr himself.
- Lorraine C
Patient Review by Koby W W
This is Koby's mom, u was very impressed with staff, facility and especially the time we were in and out in one hour and 15 min. Aftercare folow up was impressive. My only suggestion is it wouldve been nice to see Dr Bowman after the procedure and have him tell me how it went. Thank you for the great care. All 3 of my boys have had Dr Bowman take out their wisdom teeth and all did very well.
- Koby W W