Wisdom Teeth Removal
Remove Wisdom Teeth Early to Prevent Complications and Improve Oral Health
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last molars to erupt into the back of the upper and lower jaws, and they must usually be removed before they reach full development. Our oral surgeons recommend having wisdom teeth removed to avoid the problems associated with their development.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and grow in at the very back of the mouth. Many people do not have enough room for this final set of molars to grow into the dental arch; this can cause oral health problems, like dental crowding and shifting. Regular dental screening can assist in monitoring wisdom tooth development and growth. Early removal also tends to result in a much easier procedure and smaller surgical sites, which means a quicker and more comfortable recovery.
When you visit our office to have wisdom teeth removed, we will take 3D scans using state-of-the-art i-CAT™ digital imaging technology. This allows us to see the exact location and size of your wisdom teeth.
What to Expect During the Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
During Your Procedure
The details of your procedure at Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma will be discussed thoroughly during your consultation. Any questions that you have will be answered by our friendly and knowledgeable staff, and our goal is to ensure that our patients feel as comfortable as possible during their procedure. When you arrive at our office on the day of your procedure, we will administer the anesthesia or sedation option and perform the necessary extractions. You will wake up when the procedure is over and rest comfortably until you are ready to be driven home by your prearranged designated driver.
After Your Procedure
In most cases, patients report they are back to their normal routines within a few days to a week. Discomfort after surgery is minimal; we will prescribe narcotic pain medicine, but over-the-counter medication will usually suffice. Patients may not need any pain medication at all; your recovery will depend on your individual condition and how well you follow your post-operative instructions. For any questions about healing, please call our office at any time.
3 Benefits of Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Dentists are trained to monitor the development of wisdom teeth before they cause complications. If necessary, they will recommend you to an oral surgeon for further evaluation and possible extraction. Some of the most common complications associated with wisdom teeth include:
- Dental crowding. Dental crowding makes a patient uncomfortable during daily activities such as eating, breathing, and speaking correctly.
- Infection. Gum infections such as periodontal disease cause the teeth to loosen and may require an extraction procedure.
- Cysts, tumors, and additional growths. Cysts, tumors, and unnecessary growths may develop in the dental arch when your wisdom teeth are left intact.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal and Other Common Questions
During your consultation, our board-certified surgeons Dr. Robert Bryan and Dr. Jeremy Goodson will complete a thorough oral examination and 3D scanning of your mouth. They will create a personalized treatment plan which addresses your oral health needs, and our finance team will provide you with an estimate for your treatment. We accept a variety of payment options and will assist you in processing insurance claims for your treatment. Patients in need of assistance may qualify for third-party financing, such as CareCredit® and LendingClub®.
For more answers to comment questions related to having your wisdom teeth removed, please visit our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ page.
Wisdom Teeth Contain Powerful Stem Cells
Research has suggested that the most potent stem cells for use in medical treatments come from young people between the ages of 13 and 24. This means that collecting and storing stem cells from your child’s wisdom teeth today has the potential to protect their health tomorrow. Stem cells found naturally in wisdom teeth have the proven ability to regenerate and repair diseased tissue and organs.
Wisdom teeth can benefit your health when the stem cells inside them are stored in a laboratory after they are removed. By banking your stem cells with Stemodontics®, you are given peace of mind because these cells can differentiate into different types of cells in the body, which can help fight off illness or disease. Ask your oral surgeon about stem cell banking today or call Stemodontics with any questions at 1-888-980-5170 to learn about investing in your future health.
Hear From Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom teeth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients
Zhander Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"I came to see Dr. Goodson to have my wisdom teeth extracted. The surgery went very smoothly. Obviously, I did not even feel it. Dr. Goodson's first impression was, he's very calm, and he just walks in, talks to you, he smiles and really just a lot of assuring. Not only he showed me my X-ray — it's the coolest X-ray ever because it's 3D, and he spent his time just explaining to me — telling me why, telling me how — and I just think that that's way cool. Right now, I feel like a brand-new person because I can actually go to bed at night and sleep soundly without worrying about the next day waking up with pains or aches on my neck. If you need to get your wisdom teeth out, definitely, definitely get Dr. Goodson to do it."
Crystal Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"My teeth were crowding. Before I had ortho, my lower teeth were super crowded, so when my wisdom teeth started to grow in, it was pushing my lower teeth forward, and so it was causing TMJ problems. Before the surgery, we had an appointment; they went over everything for me just to make sure that I was comfortable, and I'd be ready for the surgery. When I walked in, the staff was very friendly. They greeted me; they welcomed me. Dr. Bryan is very nice, and he made me feel very comfortable. Everything went great. The recovery went great. They called me afterward just to check on me. I would highly recommend Dr. Bryan and Dr. Goodson. They're great."
Jadyn Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"I came to see Dr. Goodson to have my wisdom teeth extracted. Dr. Goodson – he was just really welcoming and inviting. He just reassured me on what they were going to go through during the surgery and after. You don't really feel anything, and you recover pretty quickly. I thought it was going to be a lot more painful, but it wasn't. If any of my friends from Yukon, Deer Creek, or Shawnee need to have their wisdom teeth removed, I would definitely recommend them to Dr. Goodson."
Victor Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"My wisdom teeth were hurting, so I went to the doctor. They were hurting a little bit actually, so I decided to check them out, and the doctor said they needed to be taken out because they could have messed up my mouth. Dr. Bryan was really nice. He's really kind with people, and he's actually cool. You're not afraid to talk to him. He's not the kind of doctor you're scared of. He did explain to me why they had to be taken out and what would happen, so after he talked to me, I felt very comfortable. He even got someone in Spanish to translate to me. Well, the procedure was, to me, really quick because once I got in, I don't remember anything later — no pain or anything. All I remember was going home. The staff was really nice when I came in. All of them, since I got into the door, they say hi to me, and they asked how I was like they knew me. I would definitely recommend Dr. Bryan because they did very good work on me."