Thursday, April 17, 2008

Getting My Wisdom Teeth Removed

At 1:00p.m. I'm going to the dentist to get at least one of my wisdom teeth removed. My mouth just doesn't have room for them. I don't know if she'll want to do just one tooth today or whether she plans on taking care of them all on this visit. I decided that I didn't want to be sedated for the procedure. I know some people really prefer to be asleep but I'd rather be awake so that I can hear what's going on. Maybe it's just curiosity or maybe it's so that I can hear it just in case someone says "Oops! That wasn't supposed to happen".

Anyway, I don't know if I'm going to be in a lot of pain afterwards. I figure it won't be anything worse than other procedures I've experienced. However, I have read that the closer the injured area is to the brain, the more painful it tends to be because fewer of the body's pain signals get lost before reaching their destination. I guess we'll see.

12 comments:

jb said...

good luck with that. i had mine taken out before my junior year in college. i have no recollection of anything from when i was put under until i woke up in my mom's bed later that evening. my mom and sis looked after me for the week after and i had sensitivity with hard foods (broccoli and cauliflower) for some time.

bint alshamsa said...

Well, I just got back and they removed #16 and #17 (the top and bottom wisdom teeth) today. I'm going to have to go back for the other two because they didn't want to numb both sides of my mouth on the same day. It was really weird hearing them pop the two teeth out. The bottom tooth was especially hard for them to remove.

I got it done at the LSU Dental School out here. Can you believe they removed my wisdom teeth for just $33 bucks each? It cost more than that just to get my mouth x-rays done at my last dentist's office.

They usually prescribe lortab to patients after the procedure but since I already have some because I take it for my back, I told them that I didn't need a new prescription for it. Hopefully, whatever pain this procedure might cause will be kept at bay by the lortab.

Thanks for the good wishes JB. I hope it doesn't take me a full week before I'm back to eating something other than soup.

lethal said...

I likewise hope that lortab will be enough for the pain! Glad it went well & inexpensively and that the next two are just as easy. (Assuming you don't get complications.)

donna darko said...

Had 3 taken out in one day at 22 while awake. Took painkillers for a week. Overall, not too bad but it takes awhile for the skin to grow back.

bint alshamsa said...

Last night I had to swab part of my gums with some over the counter oral anesthetic I had around the house. I managed to get to sleep around midnight and slept through the night except for when The German woke me up to take the lortab on schedule.

I'm really glad that they decided to just do two yesterday because I don't know how I'd have been able to eat anything if both sides of my mouth had been affected.

Donna, it seems to be feeling a lot better this morning. I hope the skin won't take a very long time to grow back. I have a pint of rocky road ice cream in the freezer that is just calling to me right now!

belledame222 said...

How you doin'? Yeah, I remember getting mine out; it didn't take a whole week, but by all means, indulge in ice cream as long as you like. (just watch out for the nuts in the RR!)

Lauren said...

Eeeeeew. How are you feeling today?

I had all four out with anaesthesia last year and it sucked. Do everything you can to avoid the dry socket thing, because that's what makes it particularly nasty to heal.

bint alshamsa said...

Lauren, you're the third person to mention the dry socket issue to me. I'm told that it does make the healing a lot more painful and prolonged. Yikes!

Daisy said...

My baby was only 14 when her came in, or rather, didn't, and got impacted. :( One of the youngest her oral surgeon had seen.

Good luck! And remember: drugs are good for such things!

Daisy said...

I should read comments first!

Yeah, I see you did it already, so you no longer need my good luck, but good luck anyway! :)

cero said...

How are you now? I had them impacted and got them all out at once. Was going to do it under local anaesthesia at the dental school - I'm sure it wouldn't have been too bad - but my mother insisted I go home and have her dentist do it and she pay for it, and he insisted on a genral anaesthetic, so I missed the whole event, which I was actually interested in observing, like you.

Strangely though I only had pain for a couple of days. The drugs were good.

tommy said...

Hi, I came upon your blog and was wondering if you could tell me how to basically get the same deal as you with LSU dental school, I am new to the new orleans area and they have just recently begin to give me some serious trouble. write me back at christensen0300@yahoo.com if you get the chance, thank you