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#1 canuckbeliever

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:04 PM

So I have been having jaw pain for about a week and went to the dentist today. He said I needed to get both my wisdom teeth out but sadly he can not do either and I need to see a specialist.


Out of the 2 wisdom teeth in the lower jaw, one of my wisdom teeth is with a bunch of nerves and the other is laying on the side.

In terms of the upper wisdom teeth both are coming in normally.


Now with school and stuff I am obviously going to request the specialist to do the 2 that are painful (lower ones) first and the upper ones at a different point.


So having said all of this, how bad is getting your wisdom teeth out? Anyone have surgery or whatever have you as I am going to go through. I heard it is very painful after the procedure and during its fine. However, how long does recovery period in general tend to be? The receptionist who I booked a pre operation appointment with was telling me its 2-5 days.

All of this sucks because I have mid terms and stuff coming up so earliest I will be able to get the procedure down is 2-3 weeks from now. Until then I guess I will use amoxycillin which apparently is supposed to get the job done.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:06 PM

getting them removed doesn't hurt at all, it's when you wake up and the medication wears off where it starts hurting.

i didn't find it too bad, i didn't even take the prescribed vicodin.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:10 PM

It doesn't hurt at all... if they put you under, and as long as you take your painkillers.

The recovery varies greatly from person to person. Some people have complications, others do not.

The best advice I can give you is:
Stay on your painkiller schedule. Even set an alarm to wake up at night to take them, then go back to sleep.
Keep the sockets clean. If food gets lodged in the holes left behind after your teeth are gone, that can cause problems.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

It all depends on the person. I was out of commission for a 4 days but my brother was only out for a couple days. Painkillers are definitely your best friend during the recovery period.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:17 PM

It doesn't hurt at all... if they put you under, and as long as you take your painkillers.

The recovery varies greatly from person to person. Some people have complications, others do not.

The best advice I can give you is:
Stay on your painkiller schedule. Even set an alarm to wake up at night to take them, then go back to sleep.
Keep the sockets clean. If food gets lodged in the holes left behind after your teeth are gone, that can cause problems.



So basically stick to water and soft foods I guess.


Out of curiosity did any of you get them done through a specialist because obviously its slightly different for me as I am getting it done via specialist.

Also is there a problem in terms of dropping weight as you tend to eat a lot less or is it not that big of a deal.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:18 PM

It didn't bother me to much.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:19 PM

So basically stick to water and soft foods I guess.


Out of curiosity did any of you get them done through a specialist because obviously its slightly different for me as I am getting it done via specialist.

Also is there a problem in terms of dropping weight as you tend to eat a lot less or is it not that big of a deal.

i went to an oral surgeon for all 4. you won't be out of commission long enough to worry about your weight. make sure you swish with salt water after eating (they should tell you all this when you go in)
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:21 PM

I got all 4 out at once. Painful? Not really. Uncomfortable? Very.

- Dont get a dry socket.
- Rest if you can
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:24 PM

So basically stick to water and soft foods I guess.

Out of curiosity did any of you get them done through a specialist because obviously its slightly different for me as I am getting it done via specialist.

Also is there a problem in terms of dropping weight as you tend to eat a lot less or is it not that big of a deal.


I did have to go to a specialist. In my opinion, it's the best way to go. Wouldn't you rather go to someone who has mastered a particular skill rather than a generalist?

As for the food, yes, soft foods were great. I had lots of macaroni and cheese and jello for a couple of days. Just stay away from straws. They are bad news. And I never paid attention to any weight loss. I have plenty spare pounds to lose.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:24 PM

Not at all. It's a little uncomfortable afterwards, for up to a few weeks, since a few teeth were just removed. Bleeding, etc, food getting caught where your teeth use to be. But it's all fairly easy to deal with.

I had never been ''put out'' like that before some sort of operation or procedure. It's weird. You're awake one second and talking with the assistant. Next thing you know you're waking up and all drowsy and don't even remember falling asleep. Strange feeling.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:33 PM

not bad at all.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:34 PM

I had one of mine pulled out in the chair, and I didn't feel a thing.

If any of you guys have your wisdom teeth already exposed and seemingly fine, but need them removed at some point for whatever reason, your dentist can just extract it in his office. If the tooth is exposed, it shouldn't be a problem at all, and no oral surgeon is needed, or recovery period, etc.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:35 PM

Thanks for all the responses. I am feeling a slight sense of relief.



I guess from what all I can gather, it wont be as bad as I think it will be. Odds are I will have my mouth numbed rather than being "put out" and I will have to stick to my painkiller schedule if I want to be up and jumping as soon as possible. Though earliest I will be able to resume normal activities is 4-5 days later
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:48 PM

I had all 4 of mine done at once when the specialist was able to make it to our town. They told me it should only take half an hour but it ended up being over 2 hours. I was under for the whole procedure so that was fine but afterwards was pretty awful. Mine got really infected because of all the damage the specialist did trying to extract them. I was not able to play rugby or hockey for about 5 weeks....which at the time was pretty upsetting. Hopefully your surgery goes a lot smoother than mine.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:53 PM

Don't let them put you to sleep. Just get the needle. When it wears off, it'll hurt more than putting a toothpick under your toenail and kicking a wall really hard. But it'll hurt for no more than 30 minutes. Then you're good to go. No PAINKILLERS! Just endure it.

I'm not trying to sound like a badass or anything, it's just that the people who get only the needle, and go through the intense pain without any painkillers, usually have an instantaneous recovery in my experience. I'm obviously not a dentist, but that's just what I noticed. The people who get scared, and ask to be put to sleep and go on a heavy painkiller schedule, feel like crap for days.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:57 PM

The operation is painless but I won't lie, the weeks afterwards can be excruciating at times, especially initially. I had all 4 of mine removed at once, though.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:16 PM

The operation is painless but I won't lie, the weeks afterwards can be excruciating at times, especially initially. I had all 4 of mine removed at once, though.



See I hear that a lot and I hope I do not come across as ignorant because that isnt the intent but a lot of people that say this also say that they miss there pain killer schedule and that makes it worse? Was that the case with you?

I know personally once I get this done I will be taking pain killers every 4 hours regardless of whether I am asleep or not

Is my assumption correct in terms of that or were you heavily on pain killers as well

Edited by canuckbeliever, 05 October 2012 - 05:24 PM.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:31 PM

Depends how much of a wuss you are ;)
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:40 PM

i was supposed to get 4 pulled, awake in chair and all. the first one came out in 5 mins. the second one took an hour and half, they tugged for like 30 min, then halved the tooth, then ended up quartering it. no lie i was gonna punch my dentist in his mouth when i took all that pain then having to pay for it afterwards
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:42 PM

Depends how much of a wuss you are ;)



I am a wuss. Worst I have ever had is several concussions. They suck in terms of long term effects (I have to study way too much because they effected my memory) but at least they dont hurt <_<

Minus headaches afterwards but that isnt too bad
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

I actually got 2 out this week (tuesday to be exact).
I went to a specialist in Burnaby. I elected to just get the gum freeze and not get sedated. The part that hurt the most was actually just getting jabbed with the needle for the freezing (which I think everyone gets anyway?). I was awake for the whole thing and barely felt any pain during the procedure though I could feel it a bit when the teeth were getting pulled out. The only painkillers I've needed so far is just ibuprofen|(advil). The jury's still out on infections/dry sockets but the worst part for me is just not having the energy to do anything because I haven't eaten properly in 3 days.

Edit: my bottom wisdom teeth are also lying on their sides, but mine don't seem as urgent as yours.

Edited by ckamo, 05 October 2012 - 05:50 PM.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 05:55 PM

I actually got 2 out this week (tuesday to be exact).
I went to a specialist in Burnaby. I elected to just get the gum freeze and not get sedated. The part that hurt the most was actually just getting jabbed with the needle for the freezing (which I think everyone gets anyway?). I was awake for the whole thing and barely felt any pain during the procedure though I could feel it a bit when the teeth were getting pulled out. The only painkillers I've needed so far is just ibuprofen|(advil). The jury's still out on infections/dry sockets but the worst part for me is just not having the energy to do anything because I haven't eaten properly in 3 days.

Edit: my bottom wisdom teeth are also lying on their sides, but mine don't seem as urgent as yours.


It is probably the same then. I have my pre op appointment on the 15th so I mean if it was super urgent I am sure he would have booked me in earlier

Edited by canuckbeliever, 05 October 2012 - 06:00 PM.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:01 PM

I actually got 2 out this week (tuesday to be exact).
I went to a specialist in Burnaby. I elected to just get the gum freeze and not get sedated. The part that hurt the most was actually just getting jabbed with the needle for the freezing (which I think everyone gets anyway?). I was awake for the whole thing and barely felt any pain during the procedure though I could feel it a bit when the teeth were getting pulled out. The only painkillers I've needed so far is just ibuprofen|(advil). The jury's still out on infections/dry sockets but the worst part for me is just not having the energy to do anything because I haven't eaten properly in 3 days.

Edit: my bottom wisdom teeth are also lying on their sides, but mine don't seem as urgent as yours.


Also how long did the procedure take?
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

For me they used a sedative on me so during the whole procedure I couldn't feel a thing but I would also be there to see what was going on but i was too doped out of mind to realize what they were doing.

However after the procedure I woke up and i was very dizzy probably because of the sedative and there was bleeding in my mouth but as long as you go along with the cleaning procedures they tell you and you have some painkillers it won't hurt that much so good luck.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

Mine were minor so the doc just ripped em out and sent me on my way. The headaches I had daily went away after a week or so and the holes healed up fairly quickly too

It sounds like either some cases are minor and some are major, or, some people get scared in to paying for a lot of unnecessary procedures (getting put out etc).

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:17 PM

I had all 4 pulled in 1 session. I didn't need to have them removed, had enough room to let em be. Because i was almost 21 and my mom's medical wouldn't cover it after my bday I figured I may as well just incase they gave me problems down the road. I opted to stay awake, glad I did, the whole thing took less than 10 minutes. The guy was a maniac, the amount of pressure he was putting on my teeth, if he slipped he would no doubt send his screw driver through the back of my head. He popped them out like a bartender opens beer bottles at the club Click Click Click!. Got home, had a beer and watched a movie, went to work that night with no problems. Didn't take any of the pain killers, no swelling or discomfort afterwards. Mine were almost fully grown out, but still i was one of the lucky ones. Some friends of mine were a wreck for days.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:23 PM

Also how long did the procedure take?

Hmm.. The freezing and waiting for the freezing to set it probably took 15 minutes. The extraction and stitching up probably took another 30 minutes. Pretty quick.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 06:31 PM

I went to a specialist. He put me to sleep, I woke up, and they were gone. I went home, took one Tylenol after a couple hours because I could feel the slightest bit of pain coming on, and it went away. So really, I never experienced any pain. It was more annoying that I was eating soft foods than anything.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:14 PM

I had them all out a couple of years ago, aint a thing.
Make sure they double freeze the top (if ever you have them done as well). It basically just feels like tight pressure then pop.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:19 PM

I had all 4 done at once. It went well untill a few days after and one became a dry socket. Drinking water was very painful.

A good way to avoid it is monitor how much bleeding you have a couple hours after the removal. If they haven't clotted take a tea bag, put it in cold water, than apply it to the sugery spot for 30 min and repeat for up to 4 hours. It contains certian acids that help with the clotting and could speed up your recovery.
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