Wisdom Teeth Pulled -- OUCH!

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    May 25, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
    I am home for the holiday weekend recovering at my parents after having my wisdom teeth pulled on Thursday -- OUCH! Only thing I've been able to do is watch DVDs, hangout on Real Jock, and eat banana pudding and chicken broth.

    Has anyone else had their wisdom teeth pulled here? How long does the swelling last? I look like a chipmunk :^( The pain is better today and I think I can stop taking the pain pills and switch to aspirin. I have to fly back to Orlando tomorrow night though. I'm horrified that flying might not be the best thing. I get the packing out tomorrow morning. Owie!
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    May 25, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    I had all four of mine pulled when I was 18. Because I'd worn braces, everything was jammed up back there, and the wisdom teeth were severely impacted. Two of them had to be broken in half in order to remove them. I was only given a dozen Percodan, and I don't remember needing any more than that. Biggest problem for me was sleeping at night because my head would throb if I lay flat. So, for a month, I slept with my upper body elevated on a beanbag chair.
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    May 25, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    I had all four out, but they weren't impacted.
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    May 25, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    Two impacted, the others not, but all removed. Three of them taken out by the Army, one had to be sectioned by an oral surgeon. Only one gave me lots of swelling, and bleeding, too, had to return the next day for more stitches. I forget the narcotic I was given for pain, but worked well enough, for a couple hours, anyway. This too shall pass.
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    May 25, 2009 7:54 PM GMT
    That's a relief. Thanks
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    May 25, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    ouch! i had 3 of my wisdom teeth pulled out 2 years ago. The surgeon was amazing, he gave me an antiinflammatory just before i woke up so that I wouldn't have chipmunk cheeks, and the stitches were intact. I only used vicodin maybe 3 times during my recovery period.

    make sure to ask about any complications from flying so soon after it got done. I don't know if the pressure will do a number on your jaw/stitches. And make sure that you DONT use straws until you're healed up (the suction will pull the stitches right out, or the wounds will split open again).

    warm salt water rinses are GREAT too. Helps the tissue heal, removes the dead stuff and dislodges anything caught in the gaps.

    keep askin if you got more questions dude icon_smile.gif
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    May 25, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    I was born with 7! Lucky me....I got five pulled; now the last two on top might have to go soon....!
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    May 25, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    Chaaxwvn saidI was born with 7! Lucky me....I got five pulled; now the last two on top might have to go soon....!


    7???? WTF?....does that run in your family?
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    May 25, 2009 9:04 PM GMT
    No, not really. I'm just a little more wise perhaps.
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    May 25, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
    Chaaxwvn saidNo, not really. I'm just a little more wise perhaps.


    icon_biggrin.gif that is the best response ever.

    you dont happen to have the answer to the secret of the universe, do you?
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    May 25, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
    Yes; it's not a secret.
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    May 25, 2009 9:10 PM GMT
    Chaaxwvn saidYes; it's not a secret.


    42?
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    May 25, 2009 9:10 PM GMT
    My dentist wants me to to get all four of mine removed. The only thing that scares me is facial paralysis!!
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    May 25, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
    No, that's an allusion.
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    May 25, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
    All four of mine were pulled Wednesday, and I was out partying Thursday night. I didn't have any swelling but damnit they still hurt.

    Thank god for Vicodin.
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    May 25, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    I'm a bit jealous...everyone else seems to have gotten a prescription painkillericon_eek.gificon_confused.gif

    I got two extra-strength Ibuprofen, and was told to pick up some more on the drive home.

    I don't know if any of mine were impacted or not - I don't think so. I was able to eat real-people food after four days if I chewed gingerly and avoided the gaping holes in the back of my mouth.

    I stopped looking like I was hoarding for winter after five days.

    Oh, and I'm sure your doctor told you this, but don't do anything involving suction - you can interpret that however you want ;) - because it can lead to tooth fragments emerging from the site of the surgery. This happened to me (used a straw at a restaurant) and it was pretty gross and uncomfortable.
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    May 25, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    i know ur pain.. all four of mines were pulled. but i did get over it quite quickly...
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    May 25, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    I had mine out in HS and it was a nightmare. The pain caused my bp to spike so I had to stay in the hospital for a few days. Codeine caused me to hallucinate. When I got home I looked like I had been in a bad car wreck. Then the divets where two of the four teeth had been became infected so I had a fever and more pain and was on antibiotics for weeks.

    It sounds like you're having an easier time. One point though: you mentioned taking aspirin. Tylenol or Ibuprofen might be a better idea as aspirin is a blood thinner and could cause the wound sites to bleed.

    Best of luck.
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    May 25, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    Owie! Hope the swelling goes down soon!
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    May 25, 2009 10:02 PM GMT
    yay, i had all four of em pulled year and half ago. i was awake for it. ha. nothing quite like feeling the roots separating out of your jawbone. they were all pulled in about 15 minutes. they healed great. i was eating regular food that night. second day i went back to the gym (against dentist wishes..ha)...was ok until heart rate spiked and sockets started bleeding. so i just constantly spit blood till i got thru my workout. ha. one week and they were dark red still but 10 days...nearly healed. worse than that was a year after i had em taken out, one day... my gum swollen up big time. turns out i had a lingual sequestrum...bascially a bone fragment from my jaw that was being rejected by my body. so my dentist hit me up with a pain block and cut open my gum...peeled it back and proceeded to scrape my jawbone to dislodge it and any other bone fragments. nothing like the sound of metal on bone rattling through your skull. one week later the fragment surfaced and i pulled it from my gum with tweezers. about the size of a grain of rice. says its common. so beware icon_smile.gif
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    May 25, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    the dentist wants to pull mine but I am absolutely terrified. I have never even had a cavity or anything! The idea of someone ripping and cutting something out of my mouth is horrifing!!

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    May 25, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
    I was in pain for a solid week, AT THANKSGIVING. It was a good diet, I lost 4 lbs bc I had yogurt after the first day. Day of surgery, I had mashed potatoes and screamed in pain.

    I never want to relive that. EricLA had steak the night of his surgery....jerk.
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    May 25, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    tee_bone said one week later the fragment surfaced and i pulled it from my gum with tweezers. about the size of a grain of rice. says its common. so beware icon_smile.gif

    I had a bone shard, too, though mine eventually poked thru the gum on its own and I worked it out with my tongue.
  • ursa_minor

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    May 25, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    took me about three days till the swelling stopped. Icepacks and mefenamic acid helped a lot.
  • TallSoCal

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    May 25, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    I have to get mine pulled really soon. =( Not looking forward to it AT ALL.