I believe everyone gets their wisdom teeth but few get to keep them. Something about the jaw, not enough room, coming in sideways, and when these choppers show up they start pushing everybody else around. Not pretty. And if they get impacted you have more issues. No wisdom there.
Both of my kids had to go the extraction route. But my son is late to this party; his appointment is near the end of August. He’s 21. That’s old for wisdom teeth I think. Now I’m sure there are plenty of oral surgeons qualified to do the job but I didn’t have to look. My initial experience with these teeth brought me back to one of my favorite topics, the insurance industry – and I don’t mean who’s going to pay for this…that’s another story.
The selection process is a common exercise most people go through and the topic almost never matters. There are three simple steps:
- I recognize I have a problem (well this time my son does).
- It’s a problem I have to fix.
- I need somebody I trust to fix it.
That’s it. I don’t care where the doctor bought his instruments, what brand of anesthesia he’ll be using, where he bought the sutures, needles, pliers, scalpel, or how he hired his nurses, etc. I’m focused on the individual doing the work and his skill. Do I trust him? Can he fix my problem? Will he do it the right way? Has he done this before? How’s his reputation?
The products and support people he’ll use during the prep, surgery and recovery will never influence my choice. I don’t want to learn about medical instruments or the dental industry and I don’t want a chemistry lesson on drugs. Where he got his training did interest me but not enough to outweigh the other factors.
Tower to the insurance industry, do you see a parallel here?
One final point and one final comparison… Being 21, my son wanted to handle this himself. But my past conversations with the surgeon and experience with my daughter’s extraction were so good I offered to save my son the time and energy of locating a dental practice.