Wisdom Teeth Removal
About Wisdom Tooth Extraction
You’ve been told your teenager needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. And you know this is a common procedure. You’ve heard about wisdom teeth, the extra molars that come in behind the first two sets of four molars and the other 20 teeth. But you’re wondering, do they really need to be removed?
With 28 teeth already in place, it’s often difficult for an additional four wisdom teeth to grow in properly. When teeth try to push through the gums but cannot, they remain impacted—fully or partially covered by gum or bone—which has the potential to cause a variety of complications. And 90% of people have an impacted tooth.
Why are they called wisdom teeth?
We develop the third molars during our late teens or early twenties. A person becomes wiser as they transition into adulthood, so that’s why we refer to the third molars as wisdom teeth.
Extraction: The Why
Your mouth was designed to hold 28 teeth, and by the time your wisdom teeth start to grow, those 28 slots are already filled, making it hard for more teeth to grow in correctly.
Waiting to have your wisdom teeth removed could result in infection, painful or swollen gums, and damaged nerves and jawbone. Even if your wisdom teeth come in properly positioned, they could become infected and at risk for cysts and tumors.
Need your wisdom teeth removed?
Contact our office today to schedule a Consultation!
Timing is Key
If you’re wondering why you continue to hear about teens and young adults having their wisdom teeth pulled, it’s because there is an optimal (yet fleeting) opportunity when the tooth roots haven’t fully formed yet. Once the roots have developed, the risk of damaging nearby nerves, bones and teeth is significantly higher.
Extraction: The How
- We administer local sedation or general anesthesia.
- We make a small incision in the gum tissue.
- We remove the bone that blocks access to the tooth root.
- We remove the wisdom tooth.
- We clean the site of the removed tooth.
- We stitch closed the wound to promote healing.
- We place gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and help form a blood clot.
If you’re wondering what the risks of wisdom teeth removal surgery might be, there are few. As with any surgical procedure, complications, such as nerve injuries, fractures and injury to the joint, can occur, but they are very rare. And, if we perform the surgery at an early age, the risk is even lower.
The Cost of Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Every patient is unique, so the cost of your teen’s wisdom teeth extraction depends on a variety of factors, ranging from positioning, level of impaction, number of teeth, etc. Our staff discusses all costs upfront and helps navigate insurance policies and any benefits they provide.
The Cost of Waiting
The longer you wait, the more likely you’ll have problems down the road. And the more complicated the issue, the more expensive the procedure. Simply put, waiting may cost you more in the long run. Wisdom teeth that are left alone tend to lead to difficulties, such as infection, pain, damage to neighboring teeth, and in rare circumstances, cysts and tumors.
If you have been putting off wisdom teeth surgery, give us a call today at Facial Surgery Center Phone Number 580-242-2800. We will give your child a calm, safe, and comfortable experience.
Facial Surgery Center
Patient Review by Mauro G
Great experience from the moment one arrives. Felt very comfortable while there. They even called me at home a few hours later to see how i was doing. Definitely recommend!
- Mauro G
Patient Review by Fox F
The best experience I've ever had you will never feel a thing I wish I wouldn't have waited so long!
- Fox F
Patient Review by Kalie W.
I have never had any type of surgery before, so going to get my wisdom teeth out was scary for me! Dr. Bowman and his staff made me feel comfortable while I was there. Afterwards, a staff member called to check on me. The next day (Saturday) Dr. Bowman himself called to check on me. Caring staff.
- Kalie W.
Patient Review by Jamy P
They called and checked up on my daughter the day of her procedure. The doctor called a few days later himself and answered all my questions.
- Jamy P
Patient Review by Tanner R
I was referred here by my dentist. Had my consultation and surgery the same day. They called that evening and the next day to check in on me. Would recommend.
- Tanner R
Patient Review by Kenzi T
The staff was very friendly, and it meant a lot that the doctor called to check on me the next day. I got along great after surgery and had no issues!
- Kenzi T
Patient Review by Jacie L
Great experience and the doctor even called me on a Saturday to check on me.
- Jacie L
Patient Review by Lauren B
my procedure went very smoothly, and the team made sure i was comfortable and treated me very kindly.
- Lauren B
Patient Review by Debbie P
Thank you to all the Staff for taking care of me. I am terrible with pain and they where the best and called to make sure I was doing ok!
- Debbie P
Patient Review by Zoe A
Would recommend to everyone!
- Zoe A
Patient Review by Alanna N
Doc called on a Saturday just to check in and make sure everything was going good! Couldn’t be more happier and highly recommend him!!
- Alanna N
Patient Review by Brooke P
The worst part of the experience I had was at the beginning. My mother was told over the phone that she couldn’t enter the building due to COVID 19 and was instructed to either stay out in the parking lot, or leave and return when the surgery was finished. About 15 minutes after she left, she received another call telling her that she needed to return to the center and come inside. Just confusing and slightly frustrating to be honest. But after that, the staff and overall experience was quite lovely. My concerns and questions were heard and weren’t just dismissed like other experiences I’ve lived through. That, and the few days after my surgery, the oral surgeon himself called me just to see how my recovery was going. So despite the rough and confusing start, I’d happily return.
- Brooke P
Patient Review by Deon R
Getting wisdom teeth out isn’t a good experience. But the kind staff makes it a whole lot better. Their professional care helps you get on a speedily recovery!
- Deon R
Patient Review by Tiffany E
Dr Bowman and his staff were compassionate and answered all questions, without feeling rushed. I also got a call from Dr Bowman later that evening checking on my daughter! I was so surprised and thankful for such a caring Doctor. We will definitely use Dr Bowman in the future if we need him! Highly recommended!!
- Tiffany E
Patient Review by Lauren H
The staff is amazing. The wait for the procedure was a longer than expected with having an appointment but it was okay. I am just amazed at how not only the nurse called to check on my daughter the same day but the actual doctor called personally the following day, on a Saturday, to check on her and gave us his cell number if any problems arose. Definitely recommend!!
- Lauren H
Patient Review by Duncan B
It was an excellent experience and I would gladly recommend their services to anyone who asked
- Duncan B
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
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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
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