Elite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2951 posts, RR: 10 Posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
I'm getting my wisdom teeth / third molars removed in about a week or so, and I have to tell you I am scared. I've heard a lot of stories over wisdom teeth removal and generally I haven't had good memories with dentists. Anyone else not have theirs removed yet, or are about to? And any experiences that you can share?
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6913 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
Had mine out under general anaesthetic in hospital - in 1988. Being unconscious probably helped given the bruise across my jaw where a certain amount of effort was needed to remove the teeth. Other than that, no problems.
Wunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
Quoting Rabenschlag (Reply 2): I found a root canal procedure much worse. I'd even venture to say that drilling without anesthetics is worse.
I have to agree, I would even add filling to that.
I had 3 removed at the beginning of the year. I went under a general, as there was no way I was going to be awake for it. I had heard all the horror stories and that had me a little (read A LOT) nervous.
I was in at 10am and out having soup by 2pm. It was very painless. I only took one pain killer afterwards. I had no other problems. Even when i went back to work, no one beleived that I actually went through with the op, as there was no swelling, brusing or any signs.
I would recommend a general if it is available to you.
Good luck with the op.
Rabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1029 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4): What if one is somewhat afraid of voluntarily going under general? (read: ME)
Then don't do it. I refrained from it voluntarily, just to minimize a risk that already is ridiculously small. As I said, I did it under local anesthesia and it was not an issue for me. But then my wisdom teeth were relatively easy to extract. They were like normal teeth with the only issue being that I had not enough room for them.
Yellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
I had two of mine out, under local anesthetic. The bottom one was impacted, so there was a bit more the dentist had to do than the usual pull, but it was fine. They just sent me home with prophylactic antibiotics and Vicodin, which I only had to take twice before the pain had dropped below narcotic-requiring levels.
One weird thing though - I only had to get 2 teeth out, so I started chewing my food only on the other side of my mouth, and it must have taken a couple weeks to break myself of that habit once the socket had healed up.
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IAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2151 times:
Had mine out almost 2 weeks ago. I did it under a local while not exactly pleasant it wasn't painful at all. Some pressure and tugging. I chose a local because I'm not keen on the risks for general for such a minor procedure where it is not required. The recovery was worse than I expected. Lots of swelling on one side, lots of bleeding and bad TMJ. It took a week for me to feel OK enough to go to work (2nd sick call in 5 years with this company maybe the 3rd in the last decade to give you perspective). I've finally graduated to solid foods. Though it still hurts if I yawn or open too wide.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2627 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
I had three removed at one time many years ago under local. Pain was not an issue (the novocaine shot was more painful than the procedure). The part that was difficult was the cracking sounds as they removed the individual teeth. Just be prepared for a creepy sound.
My best memory of the event was the buxom dental assistant who said upon removal of a particularly large wisdom tooth "My, that's the biggest one I've ever seen." The dentist gave me a look of sympathy that relayed, "yeah I know, bud, you'd really like to say something right now."
JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
I had my two uppers removed at the end of April and it was a synch! I was terrified, too, especially of being put under. The IV went in and the next thing I remember is that I was on the back patio of my house eating jello. The pain was absolutely minimal- just some bleeding for a few hours which was held down with gauze, but I did have Codeine on hand just incase.
Anyway - moral of the story is - don't fret, it's not that bad. And just think - with all the food that'll get stuck up there, you'll have leftovers for weeks!
VN777 From Vietnam, joined Nov 2007, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2094 times:
I had 1 removed last week. Problem was that it was still below the surface and that the roots of the teeth were hitting a nerve. First they had to cut the gums away and after they pulled the teeth out and finally they stitched the gums.
This was done by a normal dentist under local anesthetic. I stayed the afternoon at home to recover from the anesthetic and to put ice on the swelling which got quite big 24 hours after.
I used some strong painkillers for 2 days and some light painkillers for the next 2 days. Eating and laughing was difficult the first days.
Now one week after removal I can eat normally, the swelling is almost gone and the stitches wil be removed next week.
My advice: tell the dentist your nervous, stay 1 or 2 days at home after removal and follow doctors orders for a speedy recover.