Dental Problems…and…

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MrsPaperFlowers:  Hi there. Sorry to hear about your dental problems. I’ve had very good experiences with dentists thus far but it sound like you need a lot of work done. I’ve had two wisdom teeth pulled.

Wisdom Tooth #1 (2004) – Laughing gas – HORRIBLE! I did not like it because I thought I sounded like I was possessed when I spoke (like James Earl Jones which freaked me out) so I took the mask off. They of course numb you up in addition to the gas so I was clear minded but pain free. Hearing the extraction (the tooth cracked and broke) was kind of gross and seeing some blood on the DDS’ mask made me faint so I had to recline for a few moments. This was not a terrible experience but it sure as shit wasn’t Disney-like either.

Wisdom Tooth #2 (2012) – I opted for sedation. DDS put a tiny IV in my hand and injected it with dream fluid. I woke up a short time later and I was all done. It was AWESOME! I was a bit freaked out at first because I had never been sedated but it’s such a light sedation that you go in and come out very easily and don’t need another doc to monitor breathing, etc. I totally recommend the IV SEDATION! Go-o-o-o-o-o sedation!

I’ve had one root canal and it wasn’t a big deal. Just a little novacaine and I was good to go.

 

Post # 5
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5966 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I have to get my wisdom teeth out and Im terrified. Im no help but im commenting to follow this thread. Yay for needing dental work!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@stardustintheeyes:  My wisdom teeth were simple extractions (not impacted or anything else) and I still chose sedation the second time around. It’s totally the way to go for a pleasant experience.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’ve had 16 teeth extracted – 10 baby teeth, 2 permanent teeth (to make room on my tiny jaw), and my 4 wisdom teeth.  I was completely sedated for both surgeries (general anaesthesia at a hospital for the first, and simple IV sedation at the orthodontist’s office for the second).  They tried 2 times to do the first surgery with laughing gas, and I FREAKED OUT.  So, just based on my own experience, I suggest sedation where you’re completely unconscious.  

I also went without dental insurance for a number of years, so I was so stressed out about my first appointment when I finally got insurance.  Luckily, I found an awesome dentist through a friend’s recommendation.  The only issue they found was two cavities on my molars, which they dealt with using novocaine.  It was the first time I’d been given novocaine (at least while conscious) and it went soooo smoothly.  They numbed my gums before giving me the shots, and I honestly didn’t feel a thing.  

I no longer dread going to the dentist; part of this has to do with my general medical/dental anxiety easing as I’ve gotten older (I was HORRIBLE as a child), and part of it is that I just tell myself that even though a visit to the dentist isn’t fun, it’s important for my health, happiness, and well-being.  Putting something off won’t make it go away, it just has the potential to get worse.  

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had four wisdom teeth out about two years ago, two were impacted. I’ve had braces for the past 18 months (hopefully getting them off soon!) and had an implant placed in February of this year for an adult tooth that never came in. I’ve also had a few cavaties filled in that time.

When it comes to dental work, it is ABSOLUTELY crucial that you take care of these things sooner than later. If you wait, you risk breaking rotted teeth which will have to be extracted, then you can either be without the tooth or you can go for a *costly* implant. My one molar implant cost ~$2,000 for just the procedure alone… not including the crown I need to go on top of it! And that’s for a molar – visible teeth will be much more! I have decent insurance but they wouldn’t cover the cost of the implant so it was out of pocket. Definitely stung!

As for your wisdom teeth, the same is true – get them out sooner than later. My impacted teeth were becoming infected and making me ill so I had to get them out. I was miserable, but feel so much better without them!

If you fear the dentist, I would recommend sedation rather than laughing gas. I’ve never had laughing gas but I haven’t heard good things.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@MrsPaperFlowers:  I had all of my impacted wisdom teeth removed at once. I was put to sleep, and a lot of freezing needles were used. While I wouldn’t describe the surgery as fun or something I’d like to do again, it wasn’t terrible. I was back at work the next day.

If you are that afraid of the dentist, being put to sleep while the work is being done is your best option.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@MrsPaperFlowers:  I was under twilight sedation when I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed.  As a result I don’t remember the procedure at all but recovery wasn’t that bad except the swelling made it so I couldn’t drive for about a week after the procedure.  I would definitely say to have someone to take care of you for at least the first day or two after the procedure so you can rest and take your pain meds around the clock.

Post # 13
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Two of the four were impacted and the the other two were on their way to becoming impacted so all four had to be surgically removed from my jaw.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Phamnomenon:  Holy smokes – I thought mine was bad! I can’t imagine having 16 extracted. I HATED pulling teeth when I was a kid!

Post # 15
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5283 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsPaperFlowers:  I also hate the dentist with a passion!! The drilling noises in my mouth freak me the hell out!!! Luckily I didnt grow one wisdom tooth and therefore I dont need to get any removed…yayy! I thank god for not giving me any wisdom teeth casue he probably knows I cant take the pain lol If I did have to have a tooth removed ever I would definetly be visiting a dentist that puts you under

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MrsPaperFlowers:  My dentist told me the same thing about my 4 wisdom tooth being pulled! Unless I am in pain and need it pulled im not paying for it to get pulled out. I currently need one of my wisdom tooth pulled out so im going in a fee weeks for them to take a look.I wouldnt pay for all 4 unless they need to get pulled thats thei way of getting money from you.

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