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Old 07-10-2009, 01:47 PM
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Wisdom teeth removal... terrified...

So, I need all 4 of mine taken out, and my appointment is next month.

For those of you who have had yours out, how is the recovery process? What do you have to do with the holes in your mouth, and what can't you do? (I've heard you cant use a straw...)

I'm not going to a surgeon, just my regular dentist, because I have no insurance. (Back when I did have insurance they thought it would be a few years before they came in... then as soon as I lost my insurance *BAM* 4 new teeth...)

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Old 07-10-2009, 01:55 PM
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I pm'd Pam whenever I was having mine taken out because she is a dentist and I wanted to know what really was going to happen.
She really calmed me down because I also was FREAKED out about it.
Whatever the sedation was that they used was the kind where I'm still "there" but I remember seeing the dentist and then we counted and all I remember after that was walkign out to my car with my husband holding me up.
All I wanted to do after that was sleep for the rest of the night.
I didn't have any pain or swelling at all and I only used a few of my pain pills then pitched out the rest.
I didn't have to do anything special to the holes in my mouth I just tried not to eat anything hard or suck on anything. Didn't want dry socket.

So in short, the experience for me was rather good.
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:34 PM
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I had mine taken out and the worst part of it was the anticipation. It wasn't bad at all and I really wasn't bothered by it, other than the stress of thinking about it.
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:43 PM
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Mine wasn't bad at all. I got 'put to sleep' for it because at least two of mine were impacted, so they basically have to cut the tooth in half and take it out in two pieces.

I woke up and was pretty much fine. The holes are quite annoying b/c food gets stuck in them. Your dentist will probably give you a syringe or something to 'flush' out the food so you don't get an infection or dry sockets.

I did have a problem with one of mine not healing, so I went back in and they put gauze in the socket. It was a long time ago, so I can't really remember if I had to go back to have it removed or whatever.

Overall, it wasn't very bad at all. I had a lot of pain from my wisdom teeth, so I was glad to have them removed!
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:52 PM
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:S Gaah... It doesn't help that I have until August to stress out about this appointment...

Mine were causing a lot of pain, but it's gotten better for now... so I'm not as anxious to get them removed. I was told that two of mine are impacted as well... I'm getting sedated that morning, but it doesn't help my next month of anxiety, lol.

I'll have to drink my coffee without a straw O_o
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:59 PM
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If yours are impacted, I'd recommend getting 'put to sleep' as well. I wouldn't want to be awake as the dentist is yanking out my teeth and digging around. That is so creepy!
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:26 PM
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mine were impacted and i was half awake. I didn't want to go all the way under cause of all the stress my body would have and my oral surgeon didn't want to put me under cause he said it would be harder keeping my mouth open when im under since i am small. I was pretty drugged up but it was great haha. it took 45 min to get all 4 of mine out.

make sure to irrigate, they'll give you this syringe thingy to take out all the stuff that might get traped in the holes lol. just be careful you dont pull out your stitches. i remember eating a lot of soups , porridge, etc...
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I have heard that it is better to stay half awake, but I was put under completely. I did not have any complications except that I threw up from the anesthetic or meds the next day once.

No cigarettes, no straws, nothing that would get stuck in them. I would plan to eat liquids/moussy stuff only for a few days, but really it is okay.

ETA: I remember getting T3s for them, and thinking that T2s would have been fine, since having a severe throat infection with mono was much more painful than wisdom teeth.
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If yours are impacted, I'd recommend getting 'put to sleep' as well. I wouldn't want to be awake as the dentist is yanking out my teeth and digging around. That is so creepy!
I can't get put to sleep They don't do that at this dentist /sigh. Supposedly with the sedation I will be "awake" but have no idea what's going on... and be really out of it all day afterward.

I'm not too worried about the pain afterward (after having a c-section, and a natural birth w/o pain killers, not much scares me there, lol), its just the procedure and healing of the holes that freak me out!

Also... a friend got hers taken out, and her face "swelled up like a chipmunk" according to her... Thankfully I *think* I can hide in my house for the next week should that happen...

I should have done this in the winter... during soup season, lol...
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I was 'heavily sedated' and it was totally fine. I don't remember anything about it and my recovery was not that bad. I put ice on my cheeks for hours and hours after the procedure and I did not get noticably swollen.

You'll probably need someone to drive you there and back since the sedative may make you feel kind of out of it (which is a good thing, if you ask me).

The pain afterward is not too awful.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:21 PM
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I can't get put to sleep They don't do that at this dentist /sigh. Supposedly with the sedation I will be "awake" but have no idea what's going on... and be really out of it all day afterward.

I'm not too worried about the pain afterward (after having a c-section, and a natural birth w/o pain killers, not much scares me there, lol), its just the procedure and healing of the holes that freak me out!

Also... a friend got hers taken out, and her face "swelled up like a chipmunk" according to her... Thankfully I *think* I can hide in my house for the next week should that happen...

I should have done this in the winter... during soup season, lol...


This is exactly the sedation I had. I was still technically "awake" and that flipped me out but once I asked pam what that meant she assured me I seriously wouldnt have a clue whats going on.

You don't even realize where you are or whats happening and you won't see anything or hear anything.
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Just pray you don't get "dry sockets." I had all four wisdom teeth removed, and had four "dry sockets." Talk about painful... But, they put me on codeine, so I slept most of the time for an entire week. On the flip side, my brother had his removed and was outside playing football with his friends the same day.

I was put "all the way" under, and the most painful part of that experience was the surgeon couldn't find a good vein and after pummeling my arms, ended up putting the tube through my hand.
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you'll be fine, they sedate you so you wont care if they are tap dancing on your chest no worries about the procedure okay honest

afterward is when you have to be careful to prevent swelling/bleeding and those horrid dry sockets and dont think that if you feel great the first couple days you are out of the woods most dry sockets happen at 3 days to a week after surgery

DO NOT for at least 7 to 10 days:
  1. smoke none!!
  2. drink through a straw
  3. rinse vigorously
  4. take aspirin

DO:
  1. use ice for the first 12 to 24 hours religiously i cant stress this enough!! on 20 minutes off 10 minutes - have at least 4 large bags of frozen peas or corn in the freezer - works absolutely the best
  2. eat soft foods, applesauce, yogurt, jamba juice (no straw) scrambled eggs, soup (not too hot)

i'm sure i forgot some basics it's been a while since i've worked in oral surgery, but those are the important ones i can remember right now. pm Pam, she will know more of what you need to prepare
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:41 PM
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you'll be fine, they sedate you so you wont care if they are tap dancing on your chest no worries about the procedure okay honest

afterward is when you have to be careful to prevent swelling/bleeding and those horrid dry sockets and dont think that if you feel great the first couple days you are out of the woods most dry sockets happen at 3 days to a week after surgery

DO NOT for at least 7 to 10 days:
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  3. rinse vigorously
  4. take aspirin

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  1. use ice for the first 12 to 24 hours religiously i cant stress this enough!! on 20 minutes off 10 minutes - have at least 4 large bags of frozen peas or corn in the freezer - works absolutely the best
  2. eat soft foods, applesauce, yogurt, jamba juice (no straw) scrambled eggs, soup (not too hot)

i'm sure i forgot some basics it's been a while since i've worked in oral surgery, but those are the important ones i can remember right now. pm Pam, she will know more of what you need to prepare
Thanks! I keep hearing about dry sockets, that's probably the part that creeps me out the most, lol.
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I heard that dry sockets occurs only when the surgery isn't done right.
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I heard that dry sockets occurs only when the surgery isn't done right.
Completely false.

A dry socket is by definition a dislodgement or failure to properly form of the clot over the wound.

Improper after-care, or simply failure of the body's own healing process is the cause. Why some people are more prone to them than others is really unclear. They are more likely to occur on the lower jaw. This is generally considered to be due to poorer circulation (another reason why smoking is such a risk factor... it constricts blood vessels in your mouth. coupled with the suction of dragging on it which literally vacuums out the clot)
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Completely false.

A dry socket is by definition a dislodgement or failure to properly form of the clot over the wound.

Improper after-care, or simply failure of the body's own healing process is the cause. Why some people are more prone to them than others is really unclear. They are more likely to occur on the lower jaw. This is generally considered to be due to poorer circulation (another reason why smoking is such a risk factor... it constricts blood vessels in your mouth. coupled with the suction of dragging on it which literally vacuums out the clot)
My dentist told me women are more prone to having dry sockets after I complained that my brother didn't get sick... (I'm still a little bitter about that...) I had to go to the dentist every day for 5 days and they used some instrument of torture to claw open the holes and then jammed them with nasty-tasting packing material. Yuck...
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^ I think that about sums it up
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My dentist told me women are more prone to having dry sockets after I complained that my brother didn't get sick... (I'm still a little bitter about that...) I had to go to the dentist every day for 5 days and they used some instrument of torture to claw open the holes and then jammed them with nasty-tasting packing material. Yuck...
women are indeed more prone, especially at certain points in their cycle
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This was over 10 years ago (OMG - I'm so old!! ) and I have ALWAYS had problems when it comes to this kind of thing. Just listen to the professionals you'll be fine!! My brother was up and running around the same day...
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^ I think that about sums it up
sorry but i had to lol that is exactly what they do when you get a dry socket place a packing material soaked in oil of cloves (eugenol) into the "hole" and it soothes the area so it isn't so painful and can heal. it has to be removed and replaced daily, or close to it (funny how it is okay to not have it replaced on saturday and sunday )
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Yep - and I was drugged up, puffy and drooling and my mother would take me to the dentist to get tortured and re-packed, and then run errands with her... Not cool...
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women are indeed more prone, especially at certain points in their cycle
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I had a good experience too, overall. I was sedated as well, and I don't remember a damn thing except for being guided home by my mom and sleeping like crazy, lol. Healing was a little painful, but not too bad; no dry sockets here. I must have been at a good point in my cycle.
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I had mine out at 15 (the top two were growing in! My teeth have always come in ridiculously early) and it wasn't a big deal at all. I had the stage 4 so I don't remember anything (I'd compare it to being so wasted that you're blacked out and don't remember anything up to a certain point)...I would often get food stuck in one of the lower sockets, so I'm not sure if that was a dry socket, but it wasn't terribly painful. I also didn't really swell up at all. The lower two were impacted so I'm really glad I had the mostly-knocked-out anesthesia; I couldn't deal with people sawing through my jaw
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I'm getting 2 of mine out on Wed morning. Just doing my left side since insurance won't cover mine either, so the Oral Surgeon is giving me a "deal" for just the 2. I will let you know how it goes! I'm a little nervous too!
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