Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4678 posts, RR: 35 Posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2860 times:
I had considered myself lucky when my wisdom teeth came out some years ago because it was rather painless and they found enough room... at least 3 of them did. But the 4th one (lower right molar) started bugging me a couple of weeks ago, and the pressure from the upper teeth was damaging my gum. So, X-ray in hand, I made an appointment for last Sunday (the advantages of having a dentist friend ).
I was expecting it to be a simple tooth removal procedure, but the X-rays show the tooth is growing sideways, displacing the rest of my teeth on its way out. To ease the pain in my gum, the dentist said it was best to remove the upper wisdom tooth... which he did right on the spot - ouch! However, the lower tooth will require surgical procedure, the sooner the better. The dentist is referring me to a maxillofacial surgeon to get this tooth (along with the other 2) removed this coming Friday.
Now, I have never undergone any type of surgery, and I must confess I am feeling quite uneasy about it. Not that I think anything will go wrong, of course. I trust the surgeon will do a fine job, but I can't help but thinking it's gonna hurt... Any advice to calm down a nervous gal over here?
Drewfly From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 303 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2837 times:
When I was 17, all 4 of my wisdom teeth were surgically removed at the same time. I was put under anesthesia, so there was no pain. Even afterwards, I never needed and of the prescribed pain meds. Advice wise, I'm sure you'll either be put under or heavily novocained, so you'll feel no pain. If you had a choice though, go with the anesthesia. Some people have no reaction to an anesthetic, some do. Only once did I have a problem, and it was just some nausea for a day. The more you worry about it though, the more you will obsess over a worst case scenario. Just take a deep breathe, and be glad your getting it over with. Oh, and have some fruit smoothies ready for the day after.
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SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 44 Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2822 times:
I had the same experience as Drewfly. I had all 4 of mine surgically removed under anesthesia in the hospital when I was in the AirForce. I honestly had no pain. Not even afterwards. Seems like I threw up once in the evening from swallowing blood but that was it.
Luckily I have never even had a cavity in my life!
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2818 times:
Quoting SWA TPA (Reply 3): I had all 4 of mine surgically removed under anesthesia in the hospital when I was in the AirForce.
I had my bottom two wisdom teeth out under anaesthetic while I was in the (SA)Air Force - at a military hospital in Grootfontein, Namibia. I was in and out in a weekend, and it wasn't painful at all, really. You'll be fine.
CurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 996 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2811 times:
I had all 4 of mine removed at the same time. This was the only time I have experienced any type of medical procedure. I had no pain, no swelling and no bruising. I was put to sleep for the removal. When I woke up, I reacted to the laughing gas in the best way. I could not stop laughing!
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 44 Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2811 times:
Hee hee. Mine was a military hospial also. They kept me overnight. That was a good thing about the military. They do take great care of you.
Imagine getting a two day hospital stay for wisdom tooth removal in the civilian world!
GEG From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 283 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2808 times:
I had mine surgically removed when I was 17, I was running around two days later. My friends did enjoy the chipmunk look I had going for a day until all of the swelling went down. Better sooner than later as my wire will have this done soon and she is 28 and not looking foward to it. If you can go for the anesthesia. Just makes the process smoother.
Lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3441 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2807 times:
I have already had 3 out of 4 surgically removed. I wasn't put to sleep, just local anaesthesia. I felt the taste of blood during the whole procedure while the surgeon was jamming tools in my gums. After the operation I could not speak for two days and eat solid food. I was under constant pain and my mouth was swolen and I had bruises on my cheek. I still have one to go which will soon have to be taken care of but for the time being I'd rather not!
ILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2784 times:
I had mine taken out about a month ago (all 4). I had it done at 10am and was able to play basketball by 3pm the same day. Vicodin the first day and by the second there was no need for any meds at all.
I love my doctor
NW747400 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 329 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2773 times:
Don't worry about it! Had mine out a week ago tommorow. The worry I put myself through in the build up was much worse than the procedure itself. If you can I would opt for anesthesia. I went to a maxiofacial surgeon, so that's what I did. Went under at 9:00 AM next thing I remember I woke up at home in my bed at 4:00 PM. My mouth was completely numb and I felt no pain that first day. The second day the pain was minor and I easily controlled it with Advil. By day four I was eating whatever I wanted. Then yesterday 6 days after surgery I played a full 18 holes of golf in 100 degree weather. Like said above my friends quite enjoyed my chipmunk cheek's for 2 or 3 days.
Don't worry and good luck!
Msh744 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 463 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2765 times:
I just got all four of mine out today from a maxiofacial surgeon as well, and the most painful part of the day was the small pinch of the IV for the general anesthetic. I went under, and the next thing i knew i was awake with two strips of gauze in my mouth and holding an icepack. I've been icing my face for the whole day and have hardly any swelling and used gauze throughout most of the afternoon to get any leftover blood as the gaps clot. overall, the day was much better than I had been expecting, so I hope this provides some motivation. Good Luck!
DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2764 times:
My girlfriend is getting hers out in a few weeks, so I'm going to have to be on hand to take care of her...and probably not get kissed or get any other 'favors' for like a week . She's beside herself with anxiety, so I'll let her glance at this thread and maybe it'll help her out
Fortunately I never had to have mine out...they surfaced, but grew far enough away that they never did any harm. Just an extra chewing surface (and another place to get a cavity!)
I heard sometimes they shatter them before taking them out...sounds like it'd be pretty painful if you were awake, not to mention a piece probably would go down your throat (knowing my luck)
BH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 17 Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2756 times:
I had all four taken out a few months ago. It was my first time with any sort of surgery and the procedure itself wasn't a problem at all. I just sit down on the chair and was given anesthesia through an IV and the next thing I knew, I was in the recovery room. After about 10 minutes, I was able to get up and walk out and get into the car. Afterwards, the painkillers were able to keep the discomfort to a minimum. It did take me a while to get back to eating normally without much irritation but I was glad to have it over with.
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Mikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1380 posts, RR: 8 Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2699 times:
Ahh, the plight of the impacted wisdom teeth...I had just three, all of which grew in strangely different directions, thus surgery (read: cut open gum, crack tooth into pieces, extract, and sew up) was required on me too.
Here's the replay on how it went down...they strapped me into the bed, put on the mask, and asked me to count down from ten. Here's how I replied: "10...9...hey why are you guys taking all the [surgical implements] off now?" In other words, the gas lets you think that nothing happened--a missing expanse of consciousness just shy of one hour--and some vicadin keeps you well sedated for about the next day or so. The stitches fall out after a few days. But all in all, they've got the wisdom teeth extraction down pat, so you shouldn't have any problems. It's just a bummer that they didn't take care of them all in one fell swoop.
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 8 Reply 18, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2660 times:
I had all four of mine removed several years ago...local anaesthetic, went back to work that afternoon. Lots of Ibuprofen just in case, but had no pain or bruising. I've also had 3 or 4 root canal surgeries....always under local anaesthetic and during my lunch hour. Straight back to work with no ill effects.
Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 15): Any idea how much time should I rest after the surgery? I don't like being inactive for a long period of time, but any excuse for missing work on Monday is welcome
This always depends on the individual. I work with one girl who takes off an entire afternoon (sometimes a full day) after having a cavity filled. I've had all my stuff done during lunch breaks and stuff and go straight back to work...no pain. Maybe I'm just a tough broad!!
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Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4678 posts, RR: 35 Reply 20, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
Quoting Ezra (Reply 17): Keep in mind that your breath will be pretty dodgy for a few days after the surgery, so take extra care to keep your mouth clean so as not to offend your friends and loved ones!
Thanks for the tip
So, I'm off for the dentist in a couple of hours... knowing that afterwards I'll be laughing at myself for making such a great deal of nothing Oh well... I'll let you know how it goes.
Rossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2643 times:
I remember hearing that my mum's now ex-husband had to get one of his wisdom teeth removed. He was drugged up as usual and the dentist actually had her feet in such a position that she was in a tug-of-war: they were so hard to get out!
Waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (7 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2645 times:
I had mine out about 3 weeks ago, I had 4 pretty badly impacted teeth so the surgery was relatively more involved, the surgeon broke the teeth into little pieces before removing them. I had the IV inserted into my arm and I remember saying "hey, I can feel it!" before I woke up in the chair post-op with icebags on my cheeks. I felt fine that day, but the rest of that week I was a little out of it and slightly nauseous thanks to whatever it is they put in your veins. I didn't need the painkillers and I was eating normal food 4 days later, though even now I still have to use the little water syringe they give me to clean the junk out of the holes in my jaw when I eat anything... nasty!
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 8 Reply 23, posted (7 years 9 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2608 times:
Warm salt water (although it tastes like crap) will help to keep your mouth and the holes clean. Mix a teaspoon of table salt with warm water and swish it around like mouthwash. Baking soda works well, too.
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Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4678 posts, RR: 35 Reply 24, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2542 times:
I'm back in action!
All in all, it was not that terrible. I asked the surgeon about the anesthetic method, and he said that since only one molar required surgery (the other two grew properly in place, so it was just a matter of pulling them out) local anesthesia would be less of a hassle. I could feel the vibration of the instruments, but absolutely no pain during the procedure. However, it started to hurt back at home, but the medicine that the dentist prescribed worked wonders!
And my miss-work-on-Monday excuse came out true... Even though I was feeling fine, dentist's advice was to rest for 4 days, so this is my first day at work.
So, I can say it was not funny to look like a chipmunk, but at least I got my family to pamper me for a few days...