Wisdom teeth, having them out?

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I need a filling in my back molar but the dentist wants to remove my wisdom tooth to do it. My wisdom teeth are impacted which basically means that they are coming up sidewards but are pretty stable and healthy. My dentist back home told me that it could be a risky procedure due to nerves in my jaw. (I'm currently working in Bangkok but my dentist at home knows my teeth better) I know a few people who have lost sensation in their bottom lips coz of this procedure. Anyone got experiences regarding wisdom teeth they want to terrify me with?

kelly, Thursday, 6 May 2004 09:42 (seventeen years ago) link

A dentist I know says that the whole process (in general) is much more routine and less invasive than people realise. They usually do not have to cut your head in half to get at the wisdom teeth.

DV (dirtyvicar), Thursday, 6 May 2004 10:25 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm fine now, but when i got mine out, my mom (sitting in her car, with the windows up, radio on, in the parking lot) could hear me screaming and thought he was killing me. and yes, it actually hurt that much.

and this was when i'd gone to the states to have it done, having heard horror stories of friends waking up with boot-shaped bruises on their chests from where the dentist had to brace himself to yank.

but i'm sure it'll be fine...

colette (a2lette), Thursday, 6 May 2004 10:45 (seventeen years ago) link

Thanks, now I'm not sure what to think.

Kelly, Friday, 7 May 2004 01:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Kelly, (even though I started the thread so score one for my vanity), so to the top link there. I went through all the horror, and was very pleasantly surprised how it all turned out. My area under my tongue is still just slightly numb, and sometimes it takes weeks, months, maybe years to go away, but eventually it very slowly goes away in 95% of the cases.

The horror stories are commonly told because they are horror stories. The 99% of the operations that are successful and non-painful are not told because they are so routine, that they need not be told.

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 7 May 2004 01:43 (seventeen years ago) link

I had impacted wisdom teeth removed. The actual procedure was painless (actually pretty fun because of the gas). The few days following were a bit unpleasent but passed. I have never heard of nerve damage or standing on chests.

Debito (Debito), Friday, 7 May 2004 01:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Get'em all out in one fell swoop. You'll thank me later 

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 7 May 2004 01:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Not always possible, but yeah, it never pays to wait on this. The risks of nerve damage, etc., are statistically inflated because of the people who wait and make matters far worse.

Tep (ktepi), Friday, 7 May 2004 01:59 (seventeen years ago) link

My process was rather fun. I was heavily sedated the whole time and got lots of fun painkillers, which I used long after I needed them. they actually kept my nerves at bay for a while :)

uh (eetface), Friday, 7 May 2004 02:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, and also to let you know, mine were impacted too. Two of them, at least.

uh (eetface), Friday, 7 May 2004 02:03 (seventeen years ago) link

The gas was fun. I was pretty into drugs at the time, so I enjoyed it. After the operation, the dental surgeon guy asked me how was it. I replied, 'Oh, it was really fun.' Both the surgeon and my mother thought that response was really strange.

Debito (Debito), Friday, 7 May 2004 02:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I felt euphoria for 2 days

uh (eetface), Friday, 7 May 2004 02:19 (seventeen years ago) link

I, also, had four impacted wisdom teeth removed. No loss of sensation anywhere. Soreness for a few days afterwards - and the stitches were very annoying when they'd half dissolved, because I constantly had little bits of thread hanging out of my gums and flapping around in my mouth for a week or two. I had a general anaesthetic for mine, though, along with a two-night stay in hospital.

caitlin (caitlin), Friday, 7 May 2004 08:28 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

guyssss i'm not excited. it's scheduled for feb 2.

the BIG question: do i pay $400 for them to me to sleep? i've been told i don't need to go under. i feel like i've been asking everyone i know this question, so if i've already posted it elsewhere, forgive me. SO looking forward to feb 3.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 20:53 (twelve years ago) link

YES. It's money well spent.
I was put out and had a great wisdom teeth extraction experience. My husband was awake and says that his stomach still turns when he thinks about the noises of the surgery.

kate78, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 20:58 (twelve years ago) link

omg. ok :/

Surmounter, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 20:59 (twelve years ago) link

Lotsa grinding.

kate78, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:01 (twelve years ago) link

but can you ask your husband if it like, hurt? i mean, i think i can deal with some noise if it saves me that much $$$. but i can't deal with pain in my mouth.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:06 (twelve years ago) link

I've had all four out on four separate occasions, always waited until they hurt (dentist wasn't sure they were going to cause trouble and we decided to just wait and see) - all local anesthetic.

It doesn't hurt more than the kind of regular tooth extraction you get as a kid when your milk teeth won't fall out by themselves. Afterwards, when it all wakes up, you'll have some soreness and you'll want to hold some ice against your cheek for a couple of hours, maybe a slightly annoying night, but after a couple of days you'll think "was that all? Have i been nervous for weeks for this?"

StanM, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:23 (twelve years ago) link

<3

Surmounter, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:25 (twelve years ago) link

but can you ask your husband if it like, hurt? i mean, i think i can deal with some noise if it saves me that much $$$. but i can't deal with pain in my mouth.

― Surmounter, Wednesday, January 28, 2009 3:06 PM (17 minutes ago) Bookmark

ramzi i basically felt this exact way and i was pretty adamant about going under except my moms forced me to do it awake and it really doesn't hurt. it just feels.... weird. the most pain you'll feel is when they stick the needle in your tongue and gums to numb them. otherwise you just feel lots of pressure, like the dentist is trying to shove the tooth out through your mouth or something. i wouldn't describe it as pain tho.

the worst part for me wasn't the sounds as much as the sounds happening after the dentist would announce what he was going to do. "okay, the tooth won't come out. so now i'm going to break it." *crack* it was just weird but im squeamish with that stuff so if you have the stomach for it it will be no sweat

jordy (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:28 (twelve years ago) link

in summation it isn't worth $400

jordy (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:29 (twelve years ago) link

ya jordy otm its no big deal, youre so fucking high youre not even paying attention, and it takes all of 15 minutes

max, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:30 (twelve years ago) link

Plus, when you stay awake, they won't be able to look and laugh at your penis without your knowing.

StanM, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:31 (twelve years ago) link

true. you guys are the best.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:32 (twelve years ago) link

High enough you can't tell what's happening in your mouth, but you'll know if they look at your junk. Got it!

Dear Tacos, how are you? I am fine. The weather is nice. I miss yo (Oilyrags), Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:33 (twelve years ago) link

I think you asked this before, and I talked about how I had the cheapest wisdom-teeth extraction possible.

If the teeth are normal and not impacted and not problematic, there is no reason you should need to go under: couple shots of novocaine, a few slices around the tooth with a scalpel, and they get pried out with a tool you could probably buy at Ace Hardware. It's not a complicated procedure unless something complicated is happening with the tooth.

I got this done in 10 minutes and walked home with some gauze and a mouthful of blood, and I'm a total wimp.

nabisco, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 21:33 (twelve years ago) link

I was told I needed to be put under to have all 4 out. Otherwise they'd have to do it in 2 sessions.

So I was out for 2 hours, woke up, didn't feel too bad. It's now a week later and I feel pretty much normal. just don't use straws and you'll be fine

sonderborg, Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:02 (twelve years ago) link

i think i'm supposed to get three out this summer. i'm going to ignore it all and hope my mom/the dentists dont remember :/

k3vin k., Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:05 (twelve years ago) link

bad idea homie it's really not that bad

jordy (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

altho i was born w/o wisdom teeth in my bottom jaw so i guess i had it aaight

jordy (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:06 (twelve years ago) link

i was told when i was 12 that i wouldnt have to get mine out, either b/c i didnt have them or they weren't going to come in. now, wtf is this. argh, i hate getting teeth pulled

k3vin k., Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:07 (twelve years ago) link

it's not that bad! also your mom will do these things:

  • bring drugs to your bed
  • bring ice cream to your bed
  • not make snide comments about you sleeping for 12 hours
also if youre into this sort of thing there is a good chance girls will come to your bed and fawn over you

jordy (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 28 January 2009 22:10 (twelve years ago) link

xpost: checked with husband, he said there was no pain during the procedure itself, just stomach-turning grinding and crunching. He had no impacted teeth. I had two impactions, was put under, woke up late and had a great, stoned weekend! Another advantage of the IV sedation is that you can also get IV pain meds before you wake up, so you don't have to wait to stop bleeding to take your vicodin. I think whether or not yr teeth are impacted should make your decision.

kate78, Thursday, 29 January 2009 08:54 (twelve years ago) link

Definitely get the IV! If you do, it's a breeze of an operation with a few days of mild aching/drowsy recovery during which you'll watch movies you won't remember, and eat chicken & stars soup you can't taste.

Mine were horribly impacted and I was in danger of nerve damage. Everything turned out just fine.

Nate Carson, Thursday, 29 January 2009 11:07 (twelve years ago) link

Well? How's it been, Surmounter?

StanM, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

ok. so the surgeon convinced me to get the IV, cuz the tooth was impacted or whatever. and it was fine! the most pain inflicted was on my wallet :/

the IV did make me feel kind of queasy afterward, but it might've been cuz i hadn't eaten all day. all in all, not bad. that is, until i have to go back to get TWO MORE out! i didn't even know i had them.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

it's not that bad! also your mom will do these things:

bring drugs to your bed
bring ice cream to your bed
not make snide comments about you sleeping for 12 hours
also if youre into this sort of thing there is a good chance girls will come to your bed and fawn over you

― jordy (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, January 28, 2009 5:10 PM (6 days ago)

haha i never saw this. i'm down for all of the above, thanks for the pep takl bro

k3vin k., Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:48 (twelve years ago) link

xpost:
Yay! (not that you have to go back, but that all went well - except the impactedness)

StanM, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:49 (twelve years ago) link

WAIDAMINUTE! I never had those fawning girls when I had my wisdom teeth out! Can you still send them over anyway?

StanM, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 19:50 (twelve years ago) link

"Awwww, he just puked up the Snapple I bought him! So glad I came to fawn."

i'm shy (Abbott), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

my bottom two were impacted (not terribly, I imagine) and my top 2 weren't, but my mother also didn't want me go to under so they just used local. it certainly wasn't pleasant but it wasn't the horrible experience lots of you think it would have been.

miss precious perfect (musically), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 20:27 (twelve years ago) link

the biggest pain is maintenance, cleaning out the openings with hydrogen peroxide, obsessively tonging the stitches, not being able to eat everything you want, etc.

miss precious perfect (musically), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 20:28 (twelve years ago) link

i wasn't told to clean anything out! i mean, i know i'm supposed to gargle with saltwater/baking soda after meals or whatever.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

they gave me a plastic syringe, and i had to fill it with one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide and apply it directly to the openings just to clean them out.

miss precious perfect (musically), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 20:36 (twelve years ago) link

wow. they did not do that for me. wtf.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 20:47 (twelve years ago) link

Does hydrogen peroxide taste bad?

i'm shy (Abbott), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 20:59 (twelve years ago) link

the syringe is handy so that you don't taste it; since the tip of the syringe is curved you can just flush out the empty pockets, and then spit and rinse. not difficult or painful, just annoying since you have to be pretty conscientious about it.

miss precious perfect (musically), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 21:16 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

I'm having one removed tomorrow. I hadn't thought bout it, but it's hitting me now. Just one. What to expect afterwards? Is it true I have to soft food and avoid wine for 24 hours?!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:18 (one week ago) link

*eat soft food

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:18 (one week ago) link

Yup and no straws either. Because as is well known you always drink your wine with a straw.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:37 (one week ago) link

UNPOSSIBLE

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:40 (one week ago) link

Only the one? I had all four pulled at the same time, no general anesthetic... good times

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:43 (one week ago) link

Yeaaaaah....about that. I'm having doubts after several survivors here at work wondered why "at your age" you're only having one out.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:47 (one week ago) link

its probably more than 24 hours, for me it was like 2 weeks before I touched a potato chip

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:53 (one week ago) link

Of all the awful word pairings in the english language, 'dry socket' is perhaps the most evocative

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 17:56 (one week ago) link

I had my first two out when I was 18 and the other two a year or so later. First time they had gotten abscessed and impacted both and it was the worst pain I have ever felt period after the surgery. My head swole up like a pumpkin. Like so much pain it was a bit hallucinogenic at times as you could not focus on anything except this pain pulsating at the beat of your heart. It was a hellish couple of days. When they took out the other side, they were not infected and while it hurt like hades, it was not the torture like the first time.

earlnash, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:07 (one week ago) link

I probably said something on another thread as linked above, but I had all four of mine out when I was 28 -- three had come in fully, one partially but none impacted, and I was feeling okay enough join friends for brunch two days later. So yay for that.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:15 (one week ago) link

Had 4 out at 21. They made me really high and i went home and had spaghetti. Nice day

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:27 (one week ago) link

the bottle said take one vicodin every four hours, but I got the numbers transposed

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:32 (one week ago) link

I didn't go to a dentist for 10 years and then had to have two impacted wisdom teeth removed in hospital under general anesthetic. Both on the bottom set. I never got any wisdom teeth on the top set.

only having one out

Dentists these days avoid removing teeth if they can. I've got a back tooth that's more a less a thin shell of a tooth around a filling, or would be if the filling didn't keep falling out. Last time the dentist decided to not bother re-doing the filling, and I asked him if he could take the tooth out (it's not much use as a tooth either with a filling or without) and he refused.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:56 (one week ago) link

i had all four taken out when i was younger. two were impacted.

i would say skip the vicodin. medicinally, it doesn't do what you want it to do (it relaxes you, and it's not a pain reliever or fever reducer). take tylenol and eat something before taking it.

i do remember it being really painful after surgery (i was under general anesthesia), but the good thing is that it's a dull pain, which is more bearable than sharp/acute pain.

i ate mash potatoes, stews, and soups for about two weeks. i took tylenol every 5 hours for 3 or 4 days, i believe

you'll be okay. it is a bit strange that you're only getting one out and much later in life, but it depends on whether they are impacted and whether your mouth has room for all of them

since it'll just be the one, you may be able to eat solids with the other side of your mouth, but you may still get some soreness in your jaw. definitely consult your orthodontist (i am not a fan of getting non-orthodontists to remove wisdom teeth)

Punster McPunisher, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:24 (one week ago) link

yeah the Vicodin is total overkill. mine was a dull pain but nothing I needed meds for. took one anyway, laid down and slipped inside my own head for a couple hours (10 minutes), it was a weird experience and I didn't feel too good the next day.

i too basically ate nothing but soup & Spaghetti-Os for 2 weeks. probably could've switched to real food after like 4-5 days but I was so afraid of getting dry socketed...everyone I know who's experienced that said the pain was excruciating. at one point one of the stiches came loose and I was really afraid it was gonna pull the scab out but I think it healed like 3 days prior, lol

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:35 (one week ago) link

i feel like i've been having one out every five years for the past thirty years

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:36 (one week ago) link

Is it an upper or lower wisdom tooth? I think the upper ones generally go more easily, more like having a normal tooth pulled.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:44 (one week ago) link

Upper tooth.

I'm a bit shocked tbh that the soft food diet goes on this long.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 23:34 (one week ago) link

I got one upper tooth pulled a few years ago and it was nbd, went very quickly, I never took the vicodin and I think I just had to eat carefully and avoid straws for a few days. But it had already come part of the way in so it was easy for them to pull. I think it really depends on where the tooth is.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 23:44 (one week ago) link

I had all four taken out a week ago, and it was a lot less of an ordeal than I imagined. (Well, one was simply chopped off at the top, since the root was too near a nerve.) I’d heard all sorts of my horror stories from my family but they had it done at least a decade ago; apparently, dental tech has progressed enough it’s not such a big a deal, even if the orthodontist kept commenting how the risks were greater for someone near 40 like me. I went under for the procedure and while there has definitely been some ache and soreness, there’s been little real pain. Definitely not necessary to take a week off like I’d read. I barely touched the hydrocodone, mostly stuck with the heavy ibuprofen. I’m paranoid enough that I too am sticking with a soft or liquid diet longer than probably necessary. If anything, it’s been rougher not having caffeine or grass for a week...

blatherskite, Thursday, 14 October 2021 20:10 (one week ago) link

I had a lower one out a few years ago, don't remember much about pain but the hole developed some kind of weird suction power, and for a while afterwards would suck in strands of spaghetti that I'd have to wrestle out again with my fingers. Not great in restaurants. Watch out for stray grains of rice too.

let the gaslighting begin (Matt #2), Thursday, 14 October 2021 20:19 (one week ago) link


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