Wisdom teeth are coming out on Friday
went to teh dentist today for a filling and he was all "btw, we scheduled you for a friday appointment with the oral surgeon" and I wasn't told sooner, why?
because the oral surgeon had an opening, and because I can't take time off in Jan, so they jumped at it hoping I'd go along with it.
SO not looking forward to it as I've heard nothing but horror stories...
4 wisdom teeth PLUS the tooth my former dentist (*grumble*) broke and never referred me to get fixed...
December is NOT looking like a good month.
Gee, Toni, isn't about time you got a break from all this life drama? First, it was your grandma and now wisdom teeth. Yikes! You're due for a respite.
I really feel for you, having to go through with widom tooth extractions. It's probably wise to get them all done at once, though. There's no sense in going through it all multiple times. Mine all came out when I was a teenager, back in the early 1960's, and they came out two at a time, both lowers and then the uppers. That was before anesthesia for major extractions was common place. I don't recall that I had major problems or much in the way of pain after the first two or three days. I do recall that I looked like a chipmunk with nuts stuffed in my cheeks when I glanced in the mirror, LOL.
I wish you the best of luck with it and little or no pain.
thanks... I'm really worried about the whole procedure...
and yeah just when life couldn't get any more difficult, here comes another big thing...
I had all four of mine pulled out early this year. Just make sure you get lots of rest and don't eat anything that you think will irritate the area (stick to yogurt, that's what I did for the most part). I went out with my friends the night after my surgery so I think you'll be fine
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
Off the ice
My experience is that upper wisdom teeth extractions are much less painful than the lower ones. I lost count of how many shots of anesthesia I got for the latter, and it still hurt! The upper one was nothing, it took maybe 10 seconds and the pain after was easily manageable. I hope your experience will be like that.
Anyway, I didn't think either time was that awful, and unlike most dental work, at least it's relatively quick, and without any drilling noises. I was back at work the next day in both cases, and even my dad, who is afraid of anything involving dental care, says it's not too bad. The one difference is that I had them out one at a time - only two so far, as my dentist says there's no need to deal with the others yet.
My advice: don't worry about it too much; follow the oral surgeon's instructions re what to do after the procedure; don't wait for it to get painful afterward before taking something for the pain; and eat lots of ice cream - finally, a good excuse . Nicely buttered mashed potatoes also work, so long as you let them cool a bit first.
Last edited by Buttercup; 12-10-2009 at 05:16 AM.
can't come down to Earth
lol Buttercup's story is so cute. Although, I wonder why your dentist and/or oral surgeon scheduled them at separate times; it's more costly and you have to go through the inconvenience on multiple occasions...!
The experience I've heard of it are quite diverse. When I got mine taken out (all 3...for some reason I only had 3 grow ) I actually wanted to stay awake during the procedure and tried really hard to, but I got knocked out pretty fast. (I am not sure they meant to do that; the anaesthesiologist told me she'd keep me awake since it'd be "better" to do so. ) Anyway, I woke up a little groggy, nothing hurt, I had little bloody pits at the backs of my mouth with cotton balls tucked around them; and a water syringe to clean them out if anything got stuck later on.
I ate soups, "meal shakes" (like the Slimfast stuff, my cousin got me those), yogurt and ice cream like the others. Mashed potatoes would have been nice, but I never got that. A few days later I also ate rice porridge (NOT recommended, those little grains of rice actually did get into my gummy pockets so I definitely had to use that water syringe to squirt them out LOL and it did sting a little when I forced the water to shoot at them a little too strongly).
Oh, the drugs they also recommended were ibuprofen, and they gave me prescriptions for antibiotic capsules as well as Tylenol #3's (the latter of which I got but didn't use. What a waste, bahhh.) However, my oral surgeon recommended that I take the ibuprofen quite regularly (according to the directions on the package and obeying the maximum) whether I was hurting or not, because either way it would decrease the inflammation. I did that, and maybe that is why I didn't hurt at all. And of course I took the antibiotics full course. My friends said they weren't given those instructions about ibuprofen, but no one gave me horror stories.
So yes, the experience wasn't bad at all. It healed up nicely and fairly quickly; the only downside was that I wanted to (and I did) eat rice.
Last edited by prettykeys; 12-10-2009 at 11:39 AM.
my wisdom teeth are impacted. so they have to cut them out... no basic extraction for me... I've dealt with extractions before, and I can handle that
Toni, I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed years ago & my dentist advised me to take an aspirin (or2, whatever is your norm) 1/2 hour before my appointment. You are more relaxed & have much less pain to deal with later. Phone your dentist & ask him? Good luck & remember, once they are out you never have to deal with their removal again!
Off the ice
Of the two I've had removed, I'm pretty sure the top one was impacted, and the bottom one was not - so I got the top one removed by an oral surgeon, who was wonderful, and the bottom one by a dentist, who was not. I agree with K that the amount of pain you'll have during and after the extraction will likely depend on how the teeth are situated, the angle and all that.
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
Just from people's experiences here, I would really advise you to talk to the surgeon about maybe not getting them all removed at once. It seems like those who did that only had to go through the process once, but it was much worse. I mean, I just realized I was not back at work the next day when the upper one was extracted, because it was a day off and I went shopping . So that gives you an idea of how non-traumatic the whole thing was.
Hope all goes well!
Last edited by Buttercup; 12-10-2009 at 02:15 PM.
Mine were too. Make sure you get lots of rest, you'll be better in no time.
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
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I had all four of mine out years ago. I have a very small jaw and the dentist told me that my wisdom teeth were the 2nd biggest he'd ever seen. All were horribly impacted and were actually pushing against my other teeth and causing pain in my jaw. I had no trouble with getting them out at all. I was knocked out for it but didn't have any major pain afterwards. The experience totally failed to live up to the horror stories. Hopefully yours will be the same.
I had my lower ones taken away at the same time while being awake. Don't remember much pain, just a lot of bending and scratching felt in my head leaving two holes that grew over time.
Good luck, Tonichelle! Just be sure your surgeon removes your teeth and leaves your wisdom
Da' Spellin' Homegirl
Had no problem when they took out my impacted ones when I was pregnant.
Didn't feel so hot for a while but nothing great.
Figure Skating Is A Dangerous Sport
I had 3 removed at the same time, no problems but everyone is different. If you need more hugs .... I'll send some more.