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Old 10-25-2009, 06:36 PM
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Wisdom teeth removal

I am having all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed on Friday, and let's just say I am not looking forward to it.

I am known to have a reaction to Novocaine, so the doctor thought it would be better to put me under completely.

I have never been under total anesthesia before.
I felt fine about the whole thing until about 2 hrs ago, when I had the idiotic idea to read up on what the possible complications can be, and now I am worried.

Nerve damage?
Sinus problems?
Dry sockets?
Brojen jaw???
Seriously?

Anybody here had any unpleasant side effects?
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:43 PM
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I had all 4 of mine taken out when I was 15. I didn't have any severe side effects and mine were all impacted. I only had bruising and swelling for a week or so.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:45 PM
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They do say the side effects tend to be worse if you're older (than 20ish), as the roots get bigger and longer, so they're more likely to reach nerves.

I'm 34 .
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:55 PM
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I'm not as old as you, but I was put under for mine to be removed a couple of months ago..Everything went smoothly, just remember that this is what oral surgeons do every day!
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:04 PM
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i think i was 28 when i got mine out. the only complication i had was dry sockets, but i think that's pretty normal... good luck!
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:09 PM
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I'm 26, and had all 4 removed in september. The bottom two were impacted. I had no problems or complications and no swelling or bruising. I ate soup for a few days, and took vicodin the first day or two, but then i just took 600mg tylenol and i was fine. I was really expecting to have problems but i healed perfectly.

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Old 10-25-2009, 07:24 PM
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Just got mine done 2 weeks ago before I turned 18 and it was REALLY painful.
They numbed me but I wasn't completely numb so I can feel the pressure as they pulled out my teeth.
In the first 3 days I had terrible throat pain and hurt a lot when I swallowed.
I couldnt eat for 2 weeks and had to eat congee/soup so I lost weight, yay.
Shortly after, I developed an infection on the right side and had to get anti biotics.
Painful experience and I am still healing now but worth it as its just a one time process.
Got mine done for free!
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:42 PM
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Ouch Rae, sorry!

My extractions will cost me about $2000 (well, mostly my insurance, I hope).

Thank you for your answers, I hope the only side efefct will be weight loss
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:31 PM
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^See the post I started about this. I still haven't had mine out...they are all very impacted and I got scared.

However, most people said that the experience wasn't fun, but wasn't traumatic either. I hope it goes well for you! I might have mine done over thanksgiving so I will be skinnier when it's over!
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:43 PM
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Nerve damage?
Sinus problems?
Dry sockets?
Brojen jaw???
Seriously?
Yes seriously. I've seen all of the above happen to patients of mine (3 of the 4 on teeth i personally extracted). That is not to say that they are common, dry socket is the most common, but carries no long term effect, but all are possible. Sinus perforation/communication is less likely with wisdom teeth than 1st and 2nd molars in my experience. However, if you've been told to have them out, the benefits (or risk of leaving them in) likely outweigh the risks of having them out. Follow your post-op instructions.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:45 PM
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They numbed me but I wasn't completely numb so I can feel the pressure as they pulled out my teeth.
local anesthesia cannot remove the pressure sensation. it has nothing to do with not being numb. that's as good as local anesthesia will get you.
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:18 AM
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I've had my bottom two wisdom teeth removed at 16/17 years old. First I was given maybe 1 or 2 shots and since the teeth were under the gums, the dentist said there would be surgery involved. There wasn't much pain I think since I don't remember it very clearly, just some pain from the shots and afterwards when I was waiting for the bleeding to stop. But during the procedure, the dentist kept telling me to open my mouth wider so my jaw was a little sore. I guess I have a small mouth
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I was supposed to get all 4 of mine out in Aug, but AFTER I was drugged up, and incoherant, they took an x-ray and decided they couldn't take my bottom teeth w/o risking permanent nerve damage. (Why the hell didn't they check BEFORE? My bottom teeth are the ones that don't have room to be there, and I would have kept my top teeth had I been informed they wouldn't remove the lowers ).

But my top 2 healed up pretty easily, no dry sockets or any major problems One side took over a month to fully heal up for some reason, but I could still eat/use straws. I hope it goes well for you!
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:45 PM
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Yes seriously. I've seen all of the above happen to patients of mine (3 of the 4 on teeth i personally extracted)..
Oy. NOT looking forward to it. Honestly, what freaks me out the most is being put under. I have had reactions to Novocaine, so I forfeited the anesthesia last time they filled cavities. I offered to have the wisdom teeth extracted without anesthesia (it's supposed to be about 45 minutes, how bad can it be? I've been through 12 hrs of unmedicated hard labour, this can't possibly be more painful), but the surgeon said it's better to be under.

Thank you all for your comments, I will come back and let you know how it went.
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Old 10-26-2009, 04:04 PM
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I got put under for mine. I had all 4 out at the same time and 2 were impacted. I was around 24 at the time.

I think being 'put under' is better than being slightly awake. I woke up and it was all over! I was up and around later that afternoon and I didn't have many problems with mine. I ended up with one dry socket but I just went back in and they packed it out (or something like that, it was a long time ago!) and then it healed. The most annoying part was having the holes in your mouth for a month or so afterwards.

I wouldn't worry about it too much! Easier said than done, I know.
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I'm pretty sure there have been threads about this before but again I'll post what I went through...

My gums kept bleeding for 2 weeks I think (the first week was pretty bad, gauze everyday)

My jaw was sore for a month...

thank god it's over.
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There have been previous threads.
I had mine out in my late twenties. But I was awake, I had local. One of my teeth was badly impacted and tilted toward the tooth next to it. It was very hard to numb that tooth. She got to the point where we were coming up on the last shot she could give me when finally it numbed. I had some nerve damage but nerves heal. From what I hear it is rare that a person will have irreparable nerve damage. It took the nerve damage about a year to heal and it wasn't bad. I had my mouth open for almost an hour on that one tooth and I have bad TMJ. So bad that it locked once while getting a filling yet for this it was fine. They put that rubber thing in during it which helped. It was hard to open it too wide for a few days. But I could get a spoon in which was all that mattered, lol. The ones that weren't impacted popped right out.

Staycii brings up an excellent point. One of the things my oral surgeon looked at during the consultation was my nerves. The reason I had some damage was because of the amount of Novocaine it took to numb it, but it was mild.

Dry sockets are always a risk but you can greatly reduce that risk by following the instructions they give you. No smoking, No alcohol, [I don't do either anyway] No straws, No soft drinks, No coffee, Tea or hot soup. They say to follow that for 48 hours. I'd follow it for at least a week two if you can. The lower teeth are more prone to dry sockets.
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Oy. NOT looking forward to it. Honestly, what freaks me out the most is being put under. I have had reactions to Novocaine, so I forfeited the anesthesia last time they filled cavities. I offered to have the wisdom teeth extracted without anesthesia (it's supposed to be about 45 minutes, how bad can it be? I've been through 12 hrs of unmedicated hard labour, this can't possibly be more painful), but the surgeon said it's better to be under.

Thank you all for your comments, I will come back and let you know how it went.
what kind of reaction did you have to the local anesthesia.

you do NOT want to do this with no anesthesia. without sedation is one thing, but there's no way you're going to do this without local.
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About 10 min after the anesthesia (Novocaine) I threw up - and I NEVER throw up, I was very cold, shivering (they had to cover me with blankets), I could not breathe (or felt like I could not breathe), my jaw was shaking so badly they could not do anything for another 40 min, when it finally wore off. That was the only time I got Novocaine, I refused it the next time it was offered for a filling.

It's a moot point anyway, I'm scheduled to be put under, I'm just hoping not to have a reaction to whatever it is they give me.

Pam, what do they give you for the IV sedation? (i.e. what drugs)
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Sounds likely you may have a reaction from the epinephrine, not the anesthetic itself. There are anesthetics without epi, as well as other types of anesthetic (you probably got lidocaine, there are others, although allergy to lidocaine is not at all common. Actual "novocaine" has not been used since the 50's).

Surgeons vary with their methodology, but the most commonly used conscious sedatives are benzodiazepines, generally Versed (midazolam), sometimes diazepam, some may use Propofol but it's less common, and sometimes these are used in combination with other things like an opioid such as fentanyl.
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i had all 4 taken out in my early 20's . i was put under completely.
no complications at all. i even smoked afterward
well, i tried
i looked like a damn fool with lazy lips and couldn't keep it in my mouth
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Thanks Pam! That makes me feel better, maybe the IV cocktail does not contain epinephrine, lidocaine or their relatives.

For what it's worth, I had the same reaction to Nubain (I got that while in labor). I could not breathe, and was shaking, etc., but I could still feel every damn contraction, the same way as before the Nubain.
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Thanks Pam! That makes me feel better, maybe the IV cocktail does not contain epinephrine, lidocaine or their relatives.
certainly it does not. you never want to administer epi IV, short of anaphylaxis, cardiac emergency, etc

nubain is a synthetic opioid btw
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This is one event in life I'm glad I never have to repeat. I had a pretty decent experience, but no thanks.
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I am not looking forward to getting mine out. Two of my friends had them out just fine with no problems at all. One of them cannot feel the right side of her tongue any longer and sometimes when she has gum on that side of her mouth and thinks she is chewing it... she is actually chewing her tongue. Ick ick ick. Her doctor said she should get feeling back in about a year.
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