Wisdom Teeth

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  1. SwOcean Gal

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    Ugh! I am having one wisdom tooth removed tomorrow around 3ish. I am not happy about it. I am terrified about it! I will just be having local anesthesia- so novocaine. My biggest issue is that I cannot open my mouth wide and I get lockjaw. Even to have a cavity filled the dentist has to use the tools he uses for kids.

    So can anyone commiserate with me and share their experiences or share some tips or anything- it would be great!

    If you or anyone has had it done, how long does it take and what is it like? I have been reading everything online and I think that is making it worst. ugh, totally dreading tomorrow.
     
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  3. Ms. I

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    My wisdom teeth came in later than some peoples'. I only had them at the top & was 24 when I had them removed. The surgery went very smoothly. When I woke up, it felt like only a few min ago when I 1st went in. I was in ZERO pain afterwards & didn't need the painkillers that were prescribed.

    My wisdom teeth experience couldn't have gone any more perfectly. I hope the same for you! :)
     
  4. FarFromHome

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    I just had mine done 2.5 years ago-about a week before my first year teaching. The worst part for me is that I hate pain medication. I would rather be in pain than take medication that makes my head feel fuzzy and not focused. I had impacted wisdom teeth and my dentist had to send me to a bigger city to get them cut out. I don't remember anything about how long it took.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your stories! I did go in the archives and read past posts on this, but ugh I am totally dreading it. Glad to hear both of you had a rather easy time of it. I just have to try to sleep tonight- keep my mind off of it. I was up until 3 thinking about it last night. Thanks again!
     
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    Sure!
     
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    I was so scared to do mine, but it wasn't bad. My D gave me some magic pills :D to take before hand, and I was out of it. I think I slept through most of it. I remember leaving my house, and arriving back home. That's about it.
     
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    Make sure that you are completely honest with the dentist about your pain levels, and if you lock up. It will hurt, but tensing up and fighting it, or not being honest about what is going on, will only make it worse.

    I recommend lots of milkshakes for a while, and soft foods like soup and applesauces, etc. I was really lucky and healed up pretty quickly, but my husband had a really bad time with everything (he got sick from the medication, and throwing up tore out the stitches -- the dentist ended up making a late night house call to help him out).

    It's gross, but wet tea bags help make them heal, too. Lessens the swelling, I think. Look that up, though, don't just take my word for it.

    Good luck! You will get through it, and it is much better to get them out before impacted, if possible. :)
     
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    Oh, I wish I had some magic pills, Kc!!! lol if only.

    They are not impacted- I do have to get all 4 out, but I cannot afford it right now. 1 of them has to come out now though, hence why I am going in.

    Myangel, how did you know that I would definitely not speak up and tell? I would just hold it in- in the hopes that it would end soon! I wonder if it is possible to have jaw resting breaks during? At any rate, I am telling him about my jaw problems and not being able to open and wide and getting lock jaw and not to touch or try to force it shut on me, like I had a dentist do a few years ago, which led to a lot of my jaw problems.

    I have read about the teabags, which is great. Thanks!
    Keep the stories and tips coming!
     
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    I had all 4 removed when I was around 13 years old so they were all under the gumline still. They were preventing the teeth from crowding so they decided to take them out early. I remember I went to some specialist dentist and that I was under anesthesia.

    Does your dentist have a tv in the room you can watch to distract you? Hopefully the novacaine will be enough- is that common for them just to do local?
     
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    I had all four yanked out under local anesthetic. I didn't have a ride home from the dentist so I needed to drive a car immediatly afterwards plus I had Christmas shopping to do. So I was awake and alert the whole time.

    I don't remember it hurting, but I do recall hearing all the cracking and crunching. I thought it was cool, but I can understand how some might be a little freaked out by it.

    So I'd highly recommend taking an iPod or mp3 player and really cranking up some music. The louder the better. Green Day, Metallica, AC/DC, Sex Pistols. Anything to mask the sound.

    Here is some good music to go with a wisdom tooth extraction:

    U2 "Numb"
    Green Day "Novocain" and "Geek Stink Breath"
    Pixies "Bone Machine"
    Ramones: "I Wanna Be Well" "You Sound Like You're Sick"
    Pink Floyd "Comfortably Numb" (but only if the song is over before the dentists starts cutting and grinding)

    If you round the above songs out with the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks in its entirety, that should be enough music to get you through the procedure.
     
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    My daughter has hers pulled as an adult. She said it went great, and I drove her home. She was fine.
     
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    Just remember, don't drink with a straw after you have your wisdom teeth out. It can cause dry sockets (or at least this is what my dentist told me).
     
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    I had 2 removed in 2006,
    I was as scared as you are today. Cause I did not kike dentists, BUT the experience was really very good!!!!!!!!
    The surgeon was great, I did not feel any pain and was quite quite quick and simple!!
    Everything ended up w an injection (only for preventive care , to avoid infections after surgery)
    I "drank juice" and stayed in bed for a couple of hours and then ROUTINE AGAIN!!!!!!!!

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!! EVERYTHING WILL BE 100% OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BIG HUG
     
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    I was 13 when I had mine removed. I had IV sedation, and I don't remember a thing. I had an extra tooth on top, so I had five removed at once. All were impacted, so I had several stitches. It wasn't bad at all.

    DH is a huge chicken when it comes to dentists, and when he broke a tooth and had to go to the dentist--after 18 years of no dentist--he had to have four teeth removed. He was so scared that he was referred to a pediatric oral surgeon who prescribed him valium so I could get him to the appointment. He also had IV sedation, and he did great. He didn't take pain medicine after the first day. So, if he can do it, anybody can!
     
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    I wonder how it went? I just had some minor surgery under local anesthetic and I was very nervous, but the injections kept me numb. And the one time I started feeling something I spoke up and the Dr. numbed me a bit more.

    In my case, the Dr. wouldn't give me a valium because he wanted me very alert so I could hold still.
     
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    I haven't had my wisdom teeth out yet, and I'm 24. When you guys had your wisdom teeth out, did you have to miss any work? I was just curious! :)
     
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    Well thanks for all of the great replies! I actually went out shopping afterward. It was quick and easy, thus far no pain. I had novocaine, but all feelings of numbness went away almost as soon as I left the D office. So that was great. I put on my mp3 player and only got to hear 1 minute of a song and then it was over. All I felt was a little bit of pressure as he pushed it out or whatever. It was very quick and easy. It took longer to fill out all of the forms (I had never been there before) and wait in the waiting room. Overall it was a 45 minute visit for a 1 minute procedure.
    When I had my headphones on and started to feel pressure I could hear it coming out and that totally freaked me out, so I turned up the volume really loud so I would not hear it, before I knew it the d was talking to me and I had no idea what he was saying because my volume was up so loud. Luckily, I figured out he wanted me to shut my mouth and clamp down on the gauze. He did not even have me open my mouth wide or hold it long or anything!
    Whew, it was quick and easy. I am glad to have had the mp3 player with me though because that noise was scary. lol and I got to drown it out.
    After shopping, I came home ate some soup and bread, and had some ice cream, been drinking soda (no straw!) and water. So far no problems. At one point after I came home I had two tylenol for slight slight slight pain, but I am fine now. Just keep changing the gauze, I am going to try the teabag now. I could go for some tea.
    Thanks all for your comments and help. I read Sarge's post before I left, it was disheartening...in addition to all those songs listed, you wanted me to listen to 12 more tracks! ugh- I am so glad that did not work out. :p
    Thanks everybody! Glad to hear mostly good stories!
    I am so glad mine seems to be going along just as well as yours fast chalk! Thanks!
    Oh, I only had novocaine because I did not want to be knocked out and it was not until my dental procedures this year that I even had novocaine. My childhood dentist did not believe in it, so I never had it before- although he filled my cavities and did all sorts of stuff. He would never use novocaine, so I guess I just did it this way because I do not want something that drastic unless it was absolutely necessary and I also want to be with it. It just would not work for me. lol
     
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    Happy to know it was easy!!!
    Get well soon
    BIg hug!!!!!
     
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    I got mine out when I was 18. All of mine were impacted, and the one was growing in towards the others...so I was knocked out. I don't remember anything! Other than after waking up like walking into the wall b/c I was sooo out of it!

    It wasn't painful, but I did make sure I took the vicatin he gave. me...which I didn't like! I had a weird reaction to it and couldn't stand b/c I would get so dizzy! So I had to crawl to the bathroom or kitchen or wherever to keep my center of gravity low. Didn't get out of bed often!

    The worst part, which wasn't really bad at all b/c I never could feel it...but was fun grossing people out with! I must have done it while going home, or trying to eat something while my mouth was still numb....I bit a huge massive chunk of my cheek. So I had this like flap on the inside of my mouth about the size of my thumb nail. I had to get this special thing to irrigate it so it wouldn't get infected!

    But everything else was fine!

    And when my brother had his taken out...same day he was down putting the engine he built in his truck. lol

    Don't stress or worry about it...easier said than done.
     
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    That was so smart, to bring music!
     
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    I researched online for a few days prior to going in... I was a bit obsessed. I read it somewhere online, I never would have thought of it myself. I just would have figured it is probably not allowed.
     
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    I'm so glad that went easily, and fairly quick! Yay for you! I hope you heal up nicely and quickly, as well.
     
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    I also had all four removed at once. No pain or problems, but I did not like the crunching and cracking sounds I could hear. Yuck.
     
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    Thanks all!
     
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    I had four out today. They had me sleeping. I woke up slightly as they were stuffing my jaws. Still kind of bleedy; gauze makes me gag, I have used tea bags a few times but it is almost bedtime. Percocets made me sick. They called me in a new painkiller. My mouth tastes icky. Looking forward to carefully burshing tomorrow!
     
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    You should get those listerene pocket pack breath strips- I got it in Cinnamon. Then you get rid of the taste and yuckiness. (I found that out online too- so after my apptmnt I ran and got that) It really worked well for me. I especially used it after changing the gauze. I totally understand the whole gagging reflex because of that gauze. It was terrible, just remember to breathe and swallow- that helps it go away. I had to really focus on breathing and swallowing. That was perhaps the worst part. Today I am eating fine- regular food and whatnot, although yesterday I tried to have a hamburger sandwich, that did not work well. I would be able to eat it today. Hope you feel better! Rest up! Have soft foods and remember to gently rinse with salt and water after every meal on day 2 to keep it clean.
     

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