post-wisdom teeth extraction

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    Aug 19, 2007 6:06 AM GMT
    hey guys, i just got 3 wisdom teeth pulled on august 16, i've been following a liquid diet since then. i'm going to try eggs on monday and see if i can manage.

    for anyone who has had this done, how long did you wait until you safely ate stuff like chicken breast and such? just tryin to be careful is all. thanks for the help!
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    Aug 19, 2007 2:09 PM GMT
    I had all four removed at the same time so I know the feeling. Just make sure not to have the clot come out because if you get a dry socket and that will hurt like HELL! I'd wait maybe 3 or 4 days and just becareful not to have food get in them. Just guage yourself.
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    Aug 19, 2007 4:52 PM GMT
    As near as I can recall, it was only a couple of days. I had four impacted wisdom teeth plus supernumerary teeth (they were turned completely sideways, inside the gum) removed all at once.

    It felt SO much better afterwards, it wasn't like a "recovery" at all.
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    Aug 20, 2007 3:04 AM GMT
    hey thanks for looking it over guys!

    i'm on day 3 post-extraction; my jaws are still sore. i cant quite open my mouth wide enough to check if there is a socket. although when i was having a shake earlier, it would sting back there. i don't know if that's an indication of a socket?

    i will attempt eggs in the next few days, and i think i want to call the oral surgeon first before i do anything drastic.
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    Aug 20, 2007 1:56 PM GMT
    Mine were severely impacted, and I had all four taken out when I was 18. However, I have zero recollection about my diet after the surgery. What I do remember is that I could not sleep flat on my bed for a month because of the throbbing in my head. I had to sleep with a beanbag chair at the head of my bed, keeping my torso elevated.
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    Aug 20, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    I had all four of mine removed at once. The weekend before I left for college and Freshman Orientation. I spent the first week eating soup and icecream, but then was being fed a regular 3 meals a day of steak, potatoes, chicken, ect. It was more akwards telling people why I was only eating Jell-O and such. lol.
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    Aug 21, 2007 5:56 AM GMT
    had the check-up today! i'm healing well, and he has given me clearance to eat solids again! i'll start slow with stuff that can be easily mashed like potatoes, eggs, fish.

    no dry pockets thus far, otherwise he said i would've been in unmitigating pain since the surgery.

    here's to hoping for continued recovery!
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    Aug 21, 2007 7:16 AM GMT
    Glad to hear! Usually the dry sockets develop right away if the clot where the extraction took place comes out. Using a straw right after an extraction is usually painful.
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    Aug 28, 2007 3:50 PM GMT
    i still have my wisdom teeth. I guess I'm lucky enough too because they are basically additional molar for me and don't bother me at all. My dentist says i willl most likely never have to get rid of them because of how well they have formed in my mouth.
    Oh and I am as of last nights quiet brake up with my boyfriend recently single. Of course he called me a thousand times after that to see if we could work it out "again". But i said no let's just try being friends for a while. Such a line i know. But i am friends with my first ex boyfriend so maybe it will work out ok.

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    Aug 28, 2007 3:58 PM GMT
    I had 2 pulled out and 2 cut out - that night I went to a dinner party and had, salmon, broccoli and potatoes, I think I got lucky and had no problems at all.

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  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 28, 2007 4:31 PM GMT
    K- You will survive just look out for infection. avoid oral sex for a few weeks. Good Luck with that!

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    Sorry Alex, but I wish she would use her campiagn money for a good cause. She will def NOT win. Bank on it!! All of middle america is not ready for a woman president. She has already been advised her chances are slim. What a waste of money!!!!!!!!! She claims to be a New Yorker frigg donate it to the homeless or to research clinics. Either way she would not get my vote, based on her political views and her character. In all good conscience I would NOT vote for her! Not to say I wouldn't vote for a woman president-just she is not the one.

    Sorry about you're recent break-up. I'm sure you will bounce back.

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    May 20, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    I get mine out tomorrow and I didn't think about it until a friend of mine txted me to get ready for it.... Now I'm like a bundle of straw
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    May 20, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    I still have my wisdom teeth. But I did have a tooth extracted last year, due to it being cracked and infected. i was so glad to have it out that I didn't notice any pain after it was gone.

  • BlackBeltGuy

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    May 20, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    yesterday,i just had two impacted wisdom teeth on each side and two left on the other and one left below. are you doing the math? ok he already removed two. i was born with an extra set on top. in utero, I'm an overachiever. I have 3 kidneys, 2 prostates,2 sets of wisdom teeth.

    so two teeth extractions, screw in my mandible lower jaw,(the worst) he had to numb me 3 times, then 4 fillings after he found cavities doing my implant. Then he pulls so hard on the wisdom tooth he BREAKS my other tooth. which he now has to crown (on him, he said "my bad") he then asked if i mouthwashed with jack daniels to which i said no, he said your gonna need it. a funny dentist? everyone tries to be a comic


    as for my diet, soft filet of sole and grits. no Greek food. FUCK ME SIDEWAYS

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    May 20, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    Mine were impacted and growing into my molars sideways so my dentist had to cut them out. Back in those days a liquid diet was Slim Fast (hehehe) and so that was all I 'ate" for a week except for Vicodin. I will echo that you want to follow every bit of advice that your dentist gives you about avoiding dry sockets. Be conservative about it! Hope it goes well 4 you!
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    May 20, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    dry sockets occur with bottom teeth mostly. the top are the fastest in healing
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    May 20, 2010 2:32 AM GMT
    oh wow...i didn't think this thread was still alive! LOL!

    @Ricovelas: aww! hopefully you read this before you go in and get it done! feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions! i had REALLY good pre and post-op care, so, i'd be glad to share. will you be asleep during the procedure? i hope so, cuz that helps!
    some of the basics, take the pain meds when your pain level is at 3 or 4 out of 10, if you wait till it gets past that, the pain meds may not be enough. also, do NOT use straws, because the suction from using it will pull the sutures right out and cause it to bleed and dry up (dry socket). spoon everything liquid, ice cream was my favorite to eat because it hardly required any effort.

    @DarkMatters: sorry to hear about the infected tooth. those things need to be taken out quick. and if your wisdom teeth are not causing any problems, dentists normally leave it alone because it's pointless to remove the teeth if they're not infected or causing cavities. i actually had wisdom tooth number 4 pulled out a few weeks ago because it finally descended and caused a cavity.

    @Karate1974: wow, you ARE an overachiever! 3 kidneys?? i would LOVE to know how that worked out for you (medical stuff, you know us nurses, LOL) and yeah, it's a bummer about your dentist, anyone who takes their practice seriously won't go "oops" on stuff like that. now is the time to indulge in ice cream, you're gonna need the extra calories to heal anyway :-)

    and btw, protein shakes were a major blessing and really helped in accelerating the healing time.
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    May 20, 2010 2:32 AM GMT
    So Liquid "meal" are generally what will keep me from developing a dry socket?

    To be honest while I'm concerned about that, I wondering if I should request to have my gum stitched. I wanna get back in the gym ASAP and I know I won't be able to go for two days the earliest being Saturday. I just hope I'm not like some horror stories I've saw some ppl post so far.

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    May 20, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    Ricovelas saidSo Liquid "meal" are generally what will keep me from developing a dry socket?

    To be honest while I'm concerned about that, I wondering if I should request to have my gum stitched. I wanna get back in the gym ASAP and I know I won't be able to go for two days the earliest being Saturday. I just hope I'm not like some horror stories I've saw some ppl post so far.



    btw, HOLD OFF on the gym, at least for a week. you need to keep the area clotted and healing, any spikes in your heart rate/blood pressure, like in working out, will "bust" the clots and cause issues later. just be patient :-)
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    May 20, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    AdriantheRN said
    Ricovelas saidSo Liquid "meal" are generally what will keep me from developing a dry socket?

    To be honest while I'm concerned about that, I wondering if I should request to have my gum stitched. I wanna get back in the gym ASAP and I know I won't be able to go for two days the earliest being Saturday. I just hope I'm not like some horror stories I've saw some ppl post so far.



    btw, HOLD OFF on the gym, at least for a week. you need to keep the area clotted and healing, any spikes in your heart rate/blood pressure, like in working out, will "bust" the clots and cause issues later. just be patient :-)


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    I guess I can get a fatty for a few days lol icon_smile.gif
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    May 20, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    AdriantheRN saidoh wow...i didn't think this thread was still alive! LOL!

    @Ricovelas: aww! hopefully you read this before you go in and get it done! feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions! i had REALLY good pre and post-op care, so, i'd be glad to share. will you be asleep during the procedure? i hope so, cuz that helps!
    some of the basics, take the pain meds when your pain level is at 3 or 4 out of 10, if you wait till it gets past that, the pain meds may not be enough. also, do NOT use straws, because the suction from using it will pull the sutures right out and cause it to bleed and dry up (dry socket). spoon everything liquid, ice cream was my favorite to eat because it hardly required any effort.

    @DarkMatters: sorry to hear about the infected tooth. those things need to be taken out quick. and if your wisdom teeth are not causing any problems, dentists normally leave it alone because it's pointless to remove the teeth if they're not infected or causing cavities. i actually had wisdom tooth number 4 pulled out a few weeks ago because it finally descended and caused a cavity.

    @Karate1974: wow, you ARE an overachiever! 3 kidneys?? i would LOVE to know how that worked out for you (medical stuff, you know us nurses, LOL) and yeah, it's a bummer about your dentist, anyone who takes their practice seriously won't go "oops" on stuff like that. now is the time to indulge in ice cream, you're gonna need the extra calories to heal anyway :-)

    and btw, protein shakes were a major blessing and really helped in accelerating the healing time.



    ADRIAN, The best nanda i can think would be

    nutritional deficit r/t socket healing

    yeah I have three kidney's and just found out last year when i passed a kidney stone the size of a domestic house-cat. I had a CT and there were 3 kidneys (2 on my right) and three distinct collecting systems also a double prostate (like a horseshoe just two of them) I'm in the ultrasound textbook on the east coast. the school nurse in grade school wrote that I had scoliosis of the lumbar spine and no one ever realized it was shaped that was to house/support my extra kidney. weird but its a conversation piece
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    May 20, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    I dunno about being fatty...you're not gonna be able to eat solids!
    make sure you get meds! I usually give out

    Amox 500 tid 10 days
    Medrol dose pack
    Vicodin ES q6h prn pain
    Motrin 800 q6h prn pain

    make sure you get a steroid! it will help a lot
    sutures help everything heal quicker
    you dont want a dry socket...its is extremely painful so follow instructions!
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    May 20, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    and thank god it never affected my gymnastics or karate career
  • NashRugger

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    May 20, 2010 3:06 AM GMT
    I had mine removed while in bootcamp, and boy was that a bitch. All they did was numb me up so I heard it all while the held a towel over my face to keep blood and shit outta my eyes and such.

    I was on bed rest for the next 4 days and I couldn't even eat creamed corn the following night. Hell, chocolate milk was a bitch to drink.

    I don't understand why they removed them, even after the dentist said they were coming in fine, bastards.
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    May 20, 2010 3:16 AM GMT
    Ricovelas, good luck with your surgery.

    I had my wisdom teeth out 3 years ago and my best piece of advice is to make sure you have someone reliable in the house with you for the first couple days after your surgery. You will feel much better if someone is around to help you with your meds, listen to you complain, and bring you food and drinks. If you live near your mother ask her if you can stay with her for a couple of days. Once you are well enough to no longer need prescription pain relief you will be fine to be on your own but as long as you are still on pain meds you need someone around to make sure you don't do anything stupid.

    Good luck and let us know how things go for you after your surgery.