I have pretty bad anxiety about the dentist, even when I just go in for a cleaning, and getting my wisdom teeth yanked was the easiest experience ever. I wasn't awake for it. I woke up from being under and didn't know they had even done anything. I was sore afterward of course, but nothing to really complain about.
Thank you all so much for all your experiences, reassurances, advice and... wisdom ;) I've calmed down now and I'm feeling a lot better about it today. And it is an excellent excuse to be eating lots of ice cream :D Hopefully, if I do need it out, it'll be as smooth and straightforward as it has been for you guys! Thanks for making me feel better :) x
I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed when I was 17, two days before Christmas lol. The two on the bottom had been pushing themselves thru, all were impacted, and hurt like heck. Before my surgery, my sisters and I watched wisdom tooth extraction videos on youtube, which actually helped calm me down, once I was able to get a sense of what would be happening. I have a hard time with anestetics and numbing medications and have small veins, so my only complication with the surgery was the IV/medication. I was extremey drowsy but fairly okay. I got home and was in a terrible mood because my pain meds wore off and it took my mom awhile to get my vicodin refilled. I ended up not using that because I had bad experiences with it. Like for one, I would be talking to my sister and randomly and instantly fall asleep. I chose to just push thru the pain. It sucked not being able to brush my teeth for a few days, bloody gauze tastes terrible, my mom said I looked like Theodore from Alvin and the Chipmunks (and it was Christmastime, so I had to pose for pictures as well). I was stubborn and determined to heal quickly, and I did. I was back to eating solids after three days, no other complications after that. I'd have to say that in all, I felt nothing during surgery (it was like blacking out, which scared me because I couldn't remember how i got into the recovery room), and when I first felt the pain it was like a 9/10..and I normally have a high pain tolerance:/ ..after I pushed thru it and got used to it, it was like a 6 or 7 for a while..much more manageable.
I would just talk to your dentist/doctor/surgeon about pain management and take it easy. It's a very common procedure (at least in the US). Don't be stubborn as I was, and push yourself too quickly, if you do get them taken out. You could risk a dry socket, which my mom said hurts like he**. Take it easy and don't stress. My sister ended up puking a few times after her procedure (due to stress and vicodin) and it really irritated her stitches and gums. Good luck!
This thread is seriously freaking me out, mostly because I know I will have to have all four of my partially-erupted wisdom teeth out as soon as I get a job with insurance that will cover it, and I absolutely HATE anything to do with teeth. I have panic attacks and nightmares about my teeth falling out/breaking in my mouth so the idea of being even partially awake would absolutely terrify me beyond measure.
I'm sorry to hear you're in pain, though, and I hope you get them taken care of soon :( I was told I'd need to have mine out before I turned 18, didn't because of health insurance issues, and then at 20 when I had insurance again was told "if they haven't come in by now, they're not going to". Less than a year later I lost my insurance for the second time only to have the first one start to come in a couple of months later. They're all fine, not impacted or anything, but it's definitely painful when they come through the gums. I could feel the swelling/pain on the outside of my face, too. I don't have any better advice than just to take tylenol or ibuprofen and try not to chew on that side. Feel better soon!
I had all four of mine removed last year.
All I got out of it was this: If you DO end up having to get it removed, and they give you pain pills and nausea pills, take the nausea pill a half hour before the pain pill.
I am a very lucky girl in this one respect (well ok, in more than just this one but you know what I mean), I'm currently 34 years old and I still show absolutely no sign of having any wisdom teeth. Even on x-rays, they don't see anything. Part of me refuses to believe it's true because, in general, I'm *not* that lucky (I was struck by lightning, via phone, when I was 12 - that sums up my luck in general really)... so knock on wood!
But I did want to add one thing to this conversation. I have had a terrible phobia of the dentist since I was very little. Every visit used to be a truly horrible, stressful, traumatic event for me. Knowing I had a toothache (and I've had many cavities and root canals, even extractions) was torture because I knew what was unavoidable. There is one thing that has saved me - prescription sedatives!!! I may sound flip but I'm NOT kidding. If you're not currently preggo, and you don't have any allergy to anti-anxiety meds, why torture yourself like this? Most dentists will give a terrified patient 2-3 pills you can take the night or morning before a big visit. And they make life so much easier! For people like me, who have a true phobia, there's just no reason to suffer so dramatically. Life is too short - and unfortunately, for most of us, dental work just can't be avoided. Granted, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) would be the ideal solution but that takes years, highly trained specialists, and who-knows how much cash. Since the dentist is usually something that only happens, at most, twice a year (much less for the majority of us), do something to make your own life simpler and less scary. Xanax, valium and klonopin were specifically invented for this kind of issue.
Of course, you have to have someone with you to drive you home and you'll most likely need to sleep the rest of the day. But with a wisdom tooth extraction, that's a given anyway! Best wishes to you!!!!
Thank you for all these other replies! Dentist managed to fit me in today, surprisingly, and he's put me on a course of antibiotics for now. But if it doesn't get better, it'll be a referral to hospital for me :/ At least I know what I'd be getting into though. Thanks guys :)
Hope you don't need them out but if you do, it's annoying but usually no big deal. Getting your wisdom teeth out is a very standard procedure. (Even if the teeth were still in the bone, as mine were). I had all four out at once. I figured I didn't need want to go back multiple times. (I have a very small jaw with absolutely no extra room so they were definitely coming out.)
Suggestion (from someone with A LOT of teeth/orthodontic/jaw treatment/surgery in the past).
1) If the antibiotics don't work and you need to have your one wisdom tooth removed next week, I would discuss with your dentist and surgeon the likeliness of you needing other teeth removed and if they can be done all at once or in two steps.
2) Also this might be a little over the top but I didn't eat ice-cream or any milk products for the first few days. (My surgeon suggested this - I don't remember the numbers but he said that there is a very small chance one could get a bacterial infection from milk products and suggested to stay on a veggie diet. If you need to go on a soft food diet, I recommend one veggie type at a time. (It makes it harder to be sick of vegetable soup when you can switch from carrot to cauliflower to broccoli between meals instead of having the same thing 7 meals in a row).