Wisdom Teeth

Facial Surgery Center – Enid OK

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.

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.


Removal

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.

For more information about Wisdom Teeth or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bowman, call our office in Enid, OK at Facial Surgery Center Phone Number 580-242-2800. We look forward to hearing from you!

Facial Surgery Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 15 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review by Andrea B

Peaceful, professional, efficient office, friendly staff and thorough post op discharge teaching. Will absolutely recommend Dr. Bowmans office 1000 times over.

- Andrea B

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Patient Review by Jackie S

Great staff! Very friendly. Dr Bowman was great. He answered any questions we had, we did not feel rushed and he seemed genuinely concerned. He even personally called us to check in on the weekend!

- Jackie S

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Patient Review by Trisha T

Dr. Bowman and his staff were so helpful and knowledgeable. They really put me at ease about my procedure and we’re with me every step of the way. The pamphlet they sent home was very helpful on what to expect and how to care for my post op care. They even made check up calls to see how I was doing after surgery and answer any additional questions I had at that time about what was happening. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 5 stars from me!!!

- Trisha T

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Patient Review by Terrie M

Couldn't ask for more professional, friendly people during a painful time 🙂

- Terrie M

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Patient Review by Yesenia B

All the staff was friendly and answered any questions needed.

- Yesenia B

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Patient Review by Joe D

Was very impressed with the overall process and care of doctor and staff.

- Joe D

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Patient Review by Randy H

Had a very good experience

- Randy H

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Patient Review by Branda S

Will definitely use then again if needed!!

- Branda S

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Patient Review by Billie M

The doctor and staff were very nice and friendly. The after surgery calls from both the staff and the doctor to check and see how I was doing was really nice.

- Billie M

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Patient Review by Raeanne H

Have been pleased so far!

- Raeanne H

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Patient Review by Morgan K

Good place

- Morgan K

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Patient Review by Kimbree L

Great care before, during and after the surgery.

- Kimbree L

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Patient Review by Lori S

The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. Dr. Bowman put us right at ease. Not only did the staff call to check on us, the doctor did also.

- Lori S

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Patient Review by Lauren G

I was really pleased with the way things went.

- Lauren G

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Patient Review by Brittany H

I had all four wisdom teeth removed, and it wasn’t near as bad as I was expecting! Dr. Bowman and his staff are fantastic at what they do! Quick scheduling, very informative, great bedside manner! Thank you all!

- Brittany H

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