Wisdom teeth - frustrated!

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  1. silverspoon65

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    I was supposed to have my wisdom teeth taken out 2 weeks ago, but I had a horrible cold and sore throat so I cancelled. I rescheduled for the first, tomorrow, but then last week the receptionist called and said the oral surgeon decided to go out of the country on vacation and she had to cancel all his appointments. :dizzy: And that he would be gone for 3 weeks. :dizzy: So the next day they can get me in is August 25th, which is a Thursday.

    Here's the dilemma - That week, we have PD Tuesday and Wednesday. We won't have any time in our classrooms. (We get one day the week before, although I could work more than that, plus Monday if I wanted/needed). The kids come back the next Monday. So if I get my teeth out, I will have Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun to recoop. My concern is, I don't just want to feel ok on Monday - I want to be playing my A GAME on the first day of school. Also, what if I have more work to do over the weekend or Thurs/Fri to get ready for school?

    What would you do? Under normal circumstances should I be wearing my game face on Monday? Able to give the beginning of the year spiel 7 times? (I am having all 4, none impacted, but I will be totally out.) If I don't do it that day, I will have to schedule during the school year and probably use sick days.
     
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    Yikes. My brother had all four out at the same time, and he was dead to the world for three full days.

    I know people react differently, though.

    I'm having two teeth pulled tomorrow. I'll let you know my recoup time (and, ahem, if I *actually* make it through).
     
  4. lovelit

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    Could you possibly wait until your next school break? Are they hurting you and getting them out now is an absolute necessity? I know that totally sucks to wait, but that's actually what I'm planning on doing with mine, although I only have one that needs to be removed. I just hate to see you stressing and worrying about the first day of school, even if you would probably be okay.
     
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    Everyone is so different when it comes to wisdom teeth. I asked a ton of questions when I had mine done, and I got every response from it was a piece of cake to it was a nightmare. Personally, my procedure was easy. I wasn't all the way out, but it didn't hurt at all and after a day (mine was done at 9am, so I mean the rest of that day) of rest, I was fine. Is there any way you can find another surgeon? Or a regular dentist? That's who did mine.
     
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    The office I go to does everything - orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, root canals, etc etc. They have all the specialists under one roof. So I would prefer not to go elsewhere since they have it all together.
     
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    I had my wisdom teeth removed in 9th grade. Two were impacted. I was out of it for about two days (one being the day I had them removed as I was the first apt. so my mom could get to work). The only thing I wasn't able to do for a few days afterwards was sing in my chorus class so I didn't rip my stitches out by opening my mouth too wide.
     
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    I did not have any trouble with mine and neither did my oldest daughter but my younger daughter was a different story. Hers was more extensive than mine. The regular dentist took out mine and my older daughter's but my younger daughter had to go to an oral surgeon and she was actually put to sleep instead of a regular shot. Everybody is different. My husband's grandfather died the day that I got my wisdom teeth out and I went to the wake the next day and the funeral. I was a little swollen but not much more. My older daughter did hers last year the week before she began student teaching and she was fine. My younger daughter was in bed for a week and my husband had to take 3 extra vacation days to stay with her because even though she was 18 years old, somebody had to be with her round the clock for a week.
     
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    I didn't have mine out in July like I was supposed to, so I'm just waiting until next summer. I don't want to have to use an indefinite number of personal days for it. Are they really bothering you or can you wait? Mine hardly ever hurt, I just keep getting "recommended" that they be taken out.
     
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    I would either go to another surgeon or put it off for another school break if they are not bothering you.

    When I had all four of mine out, I needed about 4 days to feel better and wasn't completely back to normal for a couple of weeks. I really swelled up! You also will not feel like yourself because of pain killers and not being able to eat normal food. I would plan to have them out when you can give yourself time to heal.

    I feel bad for you! It's just too bad that you had to get sick the other time!
     
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    I would go ahead and get it done now. If you don't get them done now, you might not be able to wait until the next school break before they start hurting and you end up needing to go have them pulled anyway in an emergency.

    I had mine taken out in the morning one day and I was pretty okay by the next morning, totally back to normal by the second day. I had some soreness, but honestly the thing I remember most is that the gauze packed into where the teeth had been and in my cheeks tasted funny/bad. I had a lot of soup, pudding, and 7Up that week. It wasn't the most terrible experience of my life.
     
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    A 4-day wknd would have been more than enough time for me to recuperate. I only had 2 wisdom teeth removed, but everything went smoothly, didn't even need the pain med they prescribed, & no pain/discomfort at all.
     
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    My experience was just like Ms. I's. I didn't have any problem other than I was really groggy the first day. They put me completely under for the surgery, and the next thing I knew, I was on the couch at home watching tv. LOL. I was fine the next day.
     
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    Do you have any 3 day weekends in Sept or October? Say you had a Monday off. You could have it done on Friday after school and be good to go by Tuesday. I don't see your recovery taking longer than that as you said they were not impacted.
     
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    All four of mine were impacted and taken out at the same time. I was feeling okay by the next day, but I was swollen/puffy for about a week! I looked like a chipmunk but felt fine.
     
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    Guess I'm the odd woman out! I had all four removed (none impacted, but getting close), and I had it pretty rough - then again, I have absolutely no pain tolerance. The nurses told my mom that I reacted to the medication they gave me worse than any patient they had ever treated. I was completely useless for four days - completely swollen, groggy, and in pain (I was on the strongest medication possible and it still didn't mask all the pain!). I only planned on missing one day of work, but missed three. I went back to work on Day 5 still partially groggy with one side of my face still swollen. You never know how you'll react.

    Hope I didn't scare you! I think I'm the odd person out! :sorry:
     
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    I had mine taken out back in 8th grade to prevent crowding in my mouth....I was out and just rem feeling out of it prob just that day. ..a few days is prob enough to feel like yourself again....i rem eating soft foods or using straws for food or ensure etc
     
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    I had mine taken out and was totally fine three - four hours later and by two days later eating normal foods.

    I have a pretty high pain tolerance and am pretty ansy and don't do well with sitting around when I am supposed to.
     
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    Oh. Thank you for sharing your non-horror stories. I, too, meant to get my wisdom teeth out, but ran into a timing snag.

    I was determined to have them removed this summer. because of complete and udder fear I have put off the removal for FIFTEEN YEARS! (I know, I know). Two of my complete anxiety-inducing situations--not eating and lack of control (drugged) are rolled up into one not inticing package. I plan to set the appointment for either Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring Break because I dont want to risk losing work days.

    And why do people insist on telling you their wisdom teeth horror stories when you mention you have a phobia about it? You ladies are awesome for sharing nice stories. :)
     
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    I had the same phobia but I was actually looking forward to the wisdom teeth. Figured it would be a breeze compared to the root canal and crowns I had to endure - at least for this I would be knocked out. I tried scheduling at the beginning of the summer and all the dates they had available were conflicting with plans I already had, so mid0July was the earliest, but then I was sick. I was glad they could reschedule me quickly, and then the dentist decides to go on vacation. ugggg.
     
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    I need to get mine removed >_>

    I have two impacted two partially erupted.

    I was supposed to get mine removed LAST summer, but my heart doctor didn't send a list of approved anesthetics to my oral surgeon until like a day or two before the surgery was scheduled. Got to the oral surgeon, waited for an hour (because they changed the scheduled time without telling us and moved the appointment an hour ahead), and then the oral surgeon said "What are you doing here?" and explained that he did not feel comfortable performing the surgery due to my cardiac electrophysiologist's note explaining my heart condition.

    so now I need to find an oral surgeon who practices at the same hospital as my cardiac electrophysiologist so I can get the wisdom teeth out.
     
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    Can you just stay awake for the procedure so that it's easier?
     
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    My update - I moved my appt up the day before PD starts - so I should definitely be recovered when the kids start a week later. If I feel ok the next two days I will go to PD and if I don't I will have to burn sick days for the meetings, but at least I will be good when the kids come back. And I really won't lose any sleep over those first two days, which tend to be real downers.
     
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    Don't eat a lot of ice cream. My kids just had their's out and I one of them ate tons of ice cream. He seemed to have a harder time. I wonder if the ice cream fat content or something made his gums swell more or something (well, you know like pimples form when to much chocolate). Also, I think the chocolate enhanced the irritibility of the antibiotic causing itchiness. He had streaks all over from scratching and he had a hard time sleeping.
     
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    My brother has been putting his off for several years--so this week he got to have an emergency extraction in Bismarck, ND, in the middle of a road trip, because one of them was cracked and he was in horrible pain. I'm betting he makes the appointment for the others as soon as he can when he gets back...
     
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    I think you'll be fine by the time the kids start. I had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth out when I was 15 and while I remember nothing of that first day, it wasn't too bad. I was definitely in a little pain the next few days but nothing unbearable. What really got to me was having to clean the holes out, ewww.

    Good luck!
     
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    Both my kids had theirs done at the same time - about 4 days and 4 hours ago. One has not taken any pain meds. for 2 days. The other is still in a lot of pain, but we don't think it is "dry socket."
    The one that has no pain now had to take four times as much sedation but they reached the max.dose and he never did go out. He does not remember any pain, but the problem was he kept talking through the whole procedure for all four teeth making it difficult for the doctor. Fortunately we have an excellent dentist who was able to keep up with the constant jawing which he said made no sense. At the end of the procedure my kid stared at me and talked to me as if he wasn't really their. Weird!!!!! Wish I had a camera. He keeps wanting me to show him over and over how he looked and talked.
     
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    So funny to see this old thread revived. I'm sitting in a coffee shop waiting for the call from the oral surgeon that my daughter is ready to pick up after having her wisdom teeth extracted.
     
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    I hope you realize this post is from 2011.
     
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    Our sons are going to end up having theirs removed.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
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    Funny how often the revival of a thread long dormant is spam...
     
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    And, I'm sorry for responding.
     
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    No worries, MrsC. I trust your daughter has shaken off her anesthesia and is able to consider the outside world in general and food in particular with something other than agony and/or nausea.
     
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    Ditto...This is some serious stuff, I know if I was in pain, I wouldn’t want to wait until my dentist came back. I would ask him if he could refer me to one of his close associates. Certainly he can understand & he won’t mind losing a couple of dollars, (smile) and his buddy would appreciate the referral. Just make sure this dentist is in your network and all your insurance is covered your I’s are dotted and your T’s are crossed.

    I remember when my daughter had braces and her orthodontist had a real bad accident, and injured both of his hands. He looked really out of sorts with his hand is bandaged up walking around looking back-and-forth at all his patients. He tried to do the work as much coaching as he could with his assistants, ( which I honestly resented) and eventually he had to give his patients a letter saying he had to retire early and he was going to transfer all his patients to someone else. Stuff like that happens you know..

    The important issue here is we’re no spring chickens. I was 18 to when I had it done and I had all for them taken out. Now that you’re older and you really don’t know what to expect. I mean technology and surgeries have changed, but at the end of the day nobody can predict how your body will react or feel. So wouldn’t want to mess up the beginning of the school year like you said. I wouldn’t want to take up extra time later. Wouldn’t want to miserable the whole summer. I know for me, it was very irritating. And the recovery took awhile too.

    I would do my research, like all good teachers do. And find the best possible person along with some referrals that my current office would make. I would bank an extra day or two for recovery just for my own peace of mind. I’d take a visit to that office and might even do a drive-by three times just to see & here what the office looks like going in and coming out, and settle myself and say OK I’m going to do this. And just for good measure, make the follow up appointment with your same orthodontist. That way you can make sure everything is cool, and you feel better.

    I tend to stick with the adage, never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
     
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    The worst thing with them is as soon as you finally decide to make an appointment, it stops hurting. It's like it knows.
     
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    Don't remind me of it. Hurts just ot think about it.
     

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