Wisdom Teeth Removal in Enid OK
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?
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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 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
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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
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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
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Great experience. Thanks
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Patient Review by Katie V
Everyone was very pleasant!
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Patient Review by Mikr P
Very patient friendly
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Patient Review by Shirey H
Dr.Bowman was very kind and his staff and him both called to check on my son.
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Patient Review by Stacie M
Everyone was so nice and had no problem getting an appointment! They were great!
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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