Post # 1
…all 4 of them. The specialist told me, “You’re not the most difficult I’ve seen, but definitely won’t be the easiest.” Lovely…
3 are pretty much impacted, top ones are close to my sinus (unsure if there’s some risk there because of that) and the bottom ones are sitting at close to 90 degree angles and are VERY close to nerves so I’m at risk for either short or long-term nerve damage. I’ll be completely knocked out under general anesthetic, which is making me anxious enough since I’ve never been under. Sounds like they’ll be prescribing me T3’s and an antibiotic. I’m also taking off at least the rest of the week at work (doc said to take a week to recover) and have the Mon and Tues off just in case, but I’ll go in if I’m up to it.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone has any tips or advice? I’m going out to buy some food I’ll be able to eat, any suggestions? Thanks Bees 🙂
Post # 3
You idealy should be on meds already for pain and infection (they usualy start 3 days before). I found mine come out fairly easily but unless you have a desk job you might need some additional time off work. You might feel better after a week but quite often your body just isnt getting the right food for a week and you might be weak. I forgot about this last time I wrote on the same issue but Ensure helped so much especially when I did start working and needed energy. Sherbert and soup are nice aswell and hydrate a lot (Platypus and camelbacks I find help a lot but a water bottle which is easy to drink from but seals helps too so you can keep it on the coutch without leanign down for a glass of water).
Post # 4
@naturalysam: Really? Meds 3 days before? Huh, I’m not getting anything ’til tomorrow.
Definitely picking up some Ensure! I’ve been planning on buying a good water bottle (I just re-use plastic ones), so I’ll try and find one tonight!
Post # 5
Good luck! I recommend mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, ice cream, yogurt and smoothies. Anything soft. No straws. You’ll probably sleep most of the first day. FI found it more comfortable to sleep upright on the couch rather than in bed when he had his out last year.
Post # 6
@CherryWaves: I’m sorry!! I had mine out in college and to be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. All 4 of mine were impacted and I was just put to sleep for it. I had no idea what to expect but it was literally like the second they put the IV in my hand I was completely knocked out. I barely remember my mom helping me out to the car afterwards. My jaws didn’t swell and the pain meds they gave me made the pain pretty tolerable. I drank a lot of Slim Fast and ate a lot of yogurt over the next few days because I couldn’t open my mouth very far at all.
What is excruciating is getting dry socket, which I did get and I think I know why. They packed my gums with gauze after the surgery and told me to leave it there for a day or so. When I tried to take them out, I noticed my holes were still bleeding, so I just kept packing more gauze into my mouth for days, which I later heard can disrupt the clotting process, leading to dry socket. Not sure if that’s true or not, but whatever you do, just follow every single precaution/instruction your dentist/oral surgeon gives you. Good luck!
Post # 7
@CherryWaves: I wasn’t on meds until after, and no antibiotics at all.
I got mine done about 3 weeks ago, and it was definitely not as bad as I thought it would be!
keep up on your pain meds, sleep/lie with your head elevated, and just rest!
I was expecting it to be horrific – and I even ended up with a partial dry socket and it was no biggie at all. The pain was just a little annoying (no worse than a mild headache) and I mostly just wanted to eat real food again!
Post # 8
Any soft foods like pudding, soup, mashed potatos, etc.
My dentist just gave me a pain pill that day and then some in case. I never ended taking them. Expect to have your cheeks swell up, even if you do add ice as directed.
It is a pretty easy procedure and not as bad as people say. You will be ok. They had tp cut and pull mine and neither is better or worse than the other.
Keep in mind that months after you may have a twinge of pain where they extracted the tooth. If this happens, it’s because of an exposed nerve from the extraction and ntohing to worry about. Take some Sensodine and rub it on the area with a Q-tip once a day and in a few weeks/months it will eventually go away.
Post # 9
Keep up with the pain pills and follow your dentist’s advice very strictly and you should have no troubles. I had all four removed at once without any issues and very minimal pain/brusing.
All those I know that had complications were ones that didn’t heed the very detailed advise given (cold versus hot foods, using a straw, chewing etc).
Best of luck and hope all goes well!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Hoping for a safe surgery and speedy recovery for you.
Post # 11
Getting my wisdom teeth out was easy. Here is my suggestion though: ask your doctor for an anti-nausea prescription and ask if they can give you anti-nausea meds with your anithesisa (they can do this-I’ve had it every time). Pain killers give me awful nausea and I need anti-nauseas! Oh, and my favorite thing to eat, other than icecream, was refried beans with cheese and hot sauce. You’ll need some variety!
Post # 13
Honestly, you will be fine! I just had mine out two months ago.. all four impacted. My surgery was 6 hours overall (and I had gum surgery at the same time). Mine were pretty difficult to remove as well. I had the increased risk for nerve & sinus issues.. I was fine 🙂 My surgeon said he had been doing it 30 years and never actually had anyone with permanent nerve problems. The location of mine plus other issues led them to believe I was going to swell a lot, so I was on perscription anti-inflamatories, anti-biotics, & heavy pain pills. Plus an anti-anxiety before the surgery because I was so nervous.
Biggest advice.. take the pain pills as soon as you can, even if you don’t think you need them. Any other meds they give you, take them as scheduled. Drink as much water as you can after surgery. I lived on carnation instant breakfast shakes for weeks afterwards. I ate lots of pudding, apple sauce, & yogurt because I could just swallow it whole. I did not chew for about two weeks. The only pain I had was in my throat & jaw stiffness. But I had a lot of other issues going on that I’m sure you don’t have. If you have stitches, leave them alone. Try to keep your sockets clean after you can start eating normal foods. And if you have any questions, call your surgeon!
But really, you will be fine! Good luck & it will be over before you know it 🙂
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! I went out and bought some yogurt, jello, pudding, ice cream and broth. I have some meal replacement shake powder from Herbal Magic yet, so I’ll probably use those too. Have Netflix and hopefully find some ice-packs somewhere. Trying not to get too anxious yet…
Post # 15
It’s good that you’re already pre-planning the food. When I had mine out I was living at home with my mom and she took care of the food. I remember eating soup and oatmeal. My sister also just got hers out, too.
I had three out at once because I only had three. They were all impacted. I don’t remember what type of anasthesia I was under, but I didn’t feel anything, and that’s the easy part. After I woke up I expected to be talking nonsense and be totally on another planet. But I really wasn’t. I know I sounded super funny but I was talking like a normal person, as in, making sense.
Once I got home I just spent a lot of time in bed. I did socialize a little with a few friends, but I didn’t go out. My cheecks weren’t as puffy as I’d predicted, either. The third day was the worst, and that’s what most people say about anything. Up until that point I hadn’t taken the percocet that the doctor prescribed, but I took 1/2 a pill on the third day. It made me feel really dizzy and basically high. I didn’t like that. By the 4th day I was already so much better.
It’s smart to take off Monday and Tuesday also, but you may find that you feel well enough to go in. It was definitely not as bad as people always make it out to seem. I know I was scared for a very long time before I got mine out about what it was going to be like and afterwards I was just like, “Really? That’s what all the fuss is about? Eh.”
Post # 16
@b00kbug: Yes and whatever you do, dont drink out of a straw for about 2 weeks. 🙂