have you ever got your wisdom tooth pulled out? what was your experience like?

  • MartinMPL

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    Apr 30, 2013 2:30 AM GMT
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    I had it done years ago. They put me to sleep all the way, so I didn't really experience the procedure. After the fact, your mouth will be very sore for a couple weeks, and you'll have to be careful about what you eat until it heals.

    If you're having infections, it sounds like a wise move. It should help your situation.

    Pro tip: Avoid orange juice (or acidic drinks) like the plague after the extraction. The pain will send you through the roof. icon_eek.gif
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 30, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    From what I've heard, unless a wisdom tooth is coming in sideways (horizontal impaction, about 3% of all wisdom teeth) and is threatening to damage your other teeth, or unless they are for some reason causing extreme pain, the operation to get them pulled is completely unnecessary.

    I've not had any of mine pulled yet. Two of them have broken the gumline and llook like normal but shorter teeth, and based on my dental records the other two have not grown at all for several years now. I did however have two adult teeth grow in behind my bottom middle two baby teeth and had to get those baby teeth extracted, which is essentially the same procedure.

    Sounds like you got an infection or something through yours. This can happen if a tooth breaks the gum only slightly - they are extremely hard to clean yet can develop cavities and bacteria colonies like any other tooth. Plaque bacteria can be absorbed into your system through your gums and cause major problems.

    In your case, I think you should get them out. If it's fucking with your immune system, the pain of extraction will simply not compare to the pain of what will happen if you leave them.
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    Apr 30, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    I've had all 4 of mine taken out. It's not that bad. Make sure you keep it clean at all times because if you get a dry socket, it'll suck!
  • Varanus

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    Apr 30, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    Haha...I had my right wisdom tooth removed just before Xmas last year.
    I had the choice of the free clinic but would have had to wait 2 months or go to hospital and have it removed there again a 4 month wait or head to a private dentist and have it removed under a local the next day.

    I had it removed under local so was aware of every slice, dig etc so it really wasnt too bad at all.
    It was perfectly fine throughout the procedure and was over and done with in about 20 minutes if that.
    So half my face was numb for a few more hours and everything was fine until it started to wear off and then the pain kicked in and I was in utter misery.
    I couldn't eat, hardly swallow liquids and the combination of the pain meds I was taking really kicked in quite hard and threw me about the place.
    The bleeding didn't stop until the day after surgery and I soon became aware of the nerve damage to the right side of my tongue that had occurred unfortunately that was just a risk of this type of extraction...Still to this day I cant feel the right side but i think its slowly getting better or ive just gotten use to the feeling of numbness.
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    Apr 30, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    Honestly it's not bad at all. Had my bottom ones taken out when I was about 15. They knocked me out and I don't remember a thing. Definitely have a heavily supply of gauze, and pay attention to the medicine and the food you're eating. You'll be good to go in a couple of weeks. Had my top two taken out about 2 years ago. All the dentist did was numb my mouth. Couldn't feel a thing but did watch it all happen. Mouth was sore for about three days but I was back at 100% in no time. Honestly though you'll be fine. The worst part is that your mouth is sore for a few days.
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    Apr 30, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    MIne were impacted and horizontal. Anesthetized and was not a big deal. Dentist sent me home with analgesics and just had to watch my diet for a week afterward. The "pockets" in my gums took a coupe weeks to fill in.

    Honestly, a breeze compared to gingival grafts....not pretty!
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    Apr 30, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    I had all four taken out, couple o years ago.
    they put me under though, so no pain during.

    I remember being reallly groggy when you wake up, oh and expect major swelling on your jaw for the next few day.
    The drugs should help numb the pain, aka make you pass out
  • MartinMPL

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    Apr 30, 2013 12:42 PM GMT
    dc0776 saidI had it done years ago. They put me to sleep all the way, so I didn't really experience the procedure. After the fact, your mouth will be very sore for a couple weeks, and you'll have to be careful about what you eat until it heals.

    If you're having infections, it sounds like a wise move. It should help your situation.

    Pro tip: Avoid orange juice (or acidic drinks) like the plague after the extraction. The pain will send you through the roof. icon_eek.gif


    Couple weeks!!!!! wow lol
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    Apr 30, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    Is going to vary....some teeth are harder to remove than others.
    Mine were removed easily...don't think I even had a local...went back to work from the dentist actually.
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    Apr 30, 2013 12:54 PM GMT
    I had mine pulled out about five years ago now. I was drugged and my whole mouth was numbed. They also put me to sleep during the procedure and afterward I was dragged to my mother's car with the help of a nurse. LOL.

    My mother kept telling me to stay awake but I didn't want to. Once the drugs wore off that's when the pain hit me! Luckily I didn't have any dry sockets. Than for food, I had plenty of pudding and mashed potatoes. Afterward, I was still in pain for a couple of weeks.
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    Apr 30, 2013 1:22 PM GMT
    I have to and I am not looking forward to it lol
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    Apr 30, 2013 1:25 PM GMT
    I had one impacted near horizontal which eventually broke in it's socket - which was incredibly painful..

    After it was extracted I had the other three taken out in the chair so my lower jaw wouldnt be so crowded. and those in my upper jaw taken out so I wouldnt have an over-bite...

    I was lucky, and also had a great dentist who did them under local in the chair - drove myself home after and I was eating solid food the next day..
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    Apr 30, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    Mixed experiences. First was at 19 by a family dentist who merely numbed me, then couldn't complete the extraction. I had to be driven to an oral surgeon (too wobbly to drive myself, and mouth bleeding) who used a general to knock me out.

    The other 3 were a few years later by Army dentists, at a time when the policy was to remove the wisdom teeth from all Officers, or when still Cadets at West Point. Had something to do with "deployability", to lessen the chances we'd develop disruptive dental problems during remote or combat assignments.

    They were each done about a week apart as I recall, with just a local, 2 of the extractions being routine, not too bad. But the third wouldn't stop bleeding, back at my quarters I had to keep packing my mouth with gauze, that quickly got blood soaked, eventually running out of gauze and using washcloths. Finally around 1 AM I took myself to the Army hospital ER, where the doctors packed something into the socket, which finally got it under control.

    But don't worry, that was 40 years ago. I assume modern dentistry is a lot better now.
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:14 PM GMT
    Wisdom teeth extractions can vary.

    I had one come out in 1 piece; 1 in 4, 1 in 16, another in 18.

    My roomie had a horizontal impaction and it came out o.k., via an oral surgeon, but he ended up with a dry socket, which he refused to treat, until I insisted upon it.

    Just kinda' depends on how your teeth are.

    The main thing is to not SUCK. You'll end up with a dry socket, and that REALLY hurts.
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
    I don't know if the procedure is any different but I've had teeth out before I got my braces. That wasn't too bad, just an uncomfortable numbing agent injected into the gum and then they pulled the tooth out. I hope I haven't made it sound too bad. You'll probably spend more time playing with the new hole in your gum afterwards to think about it much.
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    Hole / socket. ^
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
    Oops thanks chucky!
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    Apr 30, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    Got mine out. It was a doggle. No real pain. Pretty easy actually.
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    Apr 30, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    I had all four of mine removed in one procedure several years ago. They were completely rotten, two were cracked, and they were affecting my other teeth, so I had all four taken out. Keep in mind:

    - If you have dental insurance, go ahead and request general anesthesia. I had to pay out of pocket for my procedure, and so I opted for the least expensive option, which was just nitrous oxide and a prayer. There was no pain, but the vibration of the dental tools really got to me after a while, and I was aware of every crack, yank, and rip. I also got fatigued and had to have a wedge "pillow" in my mouth to help me hold it open. Get knocked out and snooze through it.

    - Have someone available to drive you home. You will not be able to operate a car safely after the procedure, regardless of what anesthesia you opt for.

    - The first 24-48 hours are the most critical towards healing properly and avoiding dry socket. You really need to stay vigilant about the ice and repacking cycles that first day. I was fortunate that my mom was retired and able to stay with me a couple of days to make sure I kept on schedule. If you can get the clots to form properly in your sockets early on, then you're home free.

    - You will need to adjust your eating pattern. I started with jello and pudding, and worked my way into mashed potatoes with melted cheese and sour cream. DO NOT DRINK THROUGH A STRAW. Even a small amount of vacuum in your mouth will cause the fragile clots to become dislodged, and then you're faced with very painful "dry socket." Your chewing pattern will shift towards the front of your mouth, too.

    I know these things make the procedure sound horrible. It really wasn't that bad, and considering how smoothly I healed up, I'm glad I had it done. If I ever decide to have orthodontics installed for my overbite, having those teeth gone will make it much easier for me in the long run. Good luck to you.
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    Apr 30, 2013 3:42 PM GMT
    No, although the dentists I have had in the past 30 years wated to take them out. Too late now unless they begin to cause a problem.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 30, 2013 3:45 PM GMT
    You know with my teeth, I've had about every issue. I've had braces for 4.5 years, have recession issues with periodontal disease (which is absolutely controlled)... but I've never had my wisdom teeth taken out.. They are fine.

    But I think I'd take them out in exchange for "root planing or a root canal".

    My teeth look great, but lots of money and pain. LOL
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    Apr 30, 2013 3:53 PM GMT
    I have mine done 3 years ago .. I did all of them in a 2 weeks period at a free clinic . It was easy and mostly painless , didn't have to take any analgesic , no problem with the sockets , but bleeding was hard to control for a few days after each extraction ..
  • patmos9990

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    Apr 30, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    I was swollen, bleeding and oozing for three days. It was awful. I do remember putting on one of my dad's flannel work shirts and combing my hair to the side for when my dad got home. I never looked more like him than at that time. My sister on the other hand was shopping within hours without any swelling.
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    Apr 30, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    Really, Martin? Spamming again?