Going back to work after wisdom teeth removal.

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

gamerlover:  I think you should see how you feel Saturday night. I would use a lot of ice bc you will be swollen. I had my wisdom teeth removed two at a time, so I was fine. 

My friend had all four removed and she was so swollen, she looked like a chipmunk, she didnt leave the house for 3 days, but thats just her,. I felt so terrible. So again, ice, and rest, and see how you feel saturday night

Post # 3
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had all four taken out at once about two years ago. I think two were compacted and had to be broken up. I am having a hard time remembering how soon I went back, but I clearly remember thinking it was too soon. I am a teacher so I had to do a lot of talking. I wouldn’t try to go back until Monday if I were you. It is a surgery and your body needs time to heal. Good luck!

Post # 4
825 posts
Busy bee

gamerlover:  It’s all on an individual basis of how people deal with the anesthesia, swelling, and pain. If you deal well with anesthesia and don’t swell much, and you can tolerate being on Aleve/Tylonol instead of Vicodin by the second day then there’s no reason why you couldn’t go to work.

Like a PP I had mine taken out two at a time. My family doesn’t swell much from pain/surgery and both times neither doctor gave me pain killers because my teeth weren’t impacted. Also both times I just had novocaine/local anesthesia. One time I took two days off because it was a weekend (Surgery Friday, back to work on Monday), and the second time I just went back the next day. 

You’ll see stories of people being out of comission for weeks on a liquid diet and people who were eating solid foods by the night of. 

Post # 5
6666 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve heard so many horror stories, but I had mine out Friday and went back to work Monday. I could have worked Sunday if I had to.

Post # 6
2551 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I was in serious pain for two days. The pain killers, in turn, made me very sick. The 3rd day, I only started to feel normal. My SO and I tried to have a date night, but I still couldn’t eat a lot and I felt terrible most of the time. I recommend waiting to go back until Monday. You can try for Sunday if they can be flexible with you, just in case you can’t handle it.

Post # 7
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I actually just had all 4 of mine taken out a couple weeks ago. I also went under general anaesthetic. I got them out on a Friday, and I went back to work on Monday. However, I left halfway through the day. I didn’t swell too much, but they hurt and I could barely eat. I ended up going home mostly because I was so shaky due to how hungry I was. The rest of the week I got a frosty for lunch just so I’d have some calories and I was fine. 

I’d say play it by ear. How old are you? I’ve heard the longer you wait to get them out, the more pain you’ll be in (of course, people could have just been telling me that to make me feel better, who knows!). The genius I am waited 8 years….so yea. It sucked. lol

Post # 10
4649 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

gamerlover:  I’d play it by ear. I only had 2 out at once and they were already through the gums. But I did go to work the next day and at an apple. Lol! Sometimes people get black eyes from wisdom teeth coming out, not sure why…

Post # 11
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My orthodontist told me I could go back to school straight from the procedure. I was planning on anesthetia but I drank and half cup of water that morning with my vitamins and they said they couldn’t do it…So 16 shots later, I decided to go home that day (thursday) but took some tylenol and an ice bag and went to school and work the next day and went out that weekend. I had all four of mine taken out from under the gums. 

Post # 12
1532 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a really easy recovery, but I still wasn’t 100% myself on Monday morning when I had to go back to work. (I did the surgery on a Friday afternoon)

I mean, I got through the day. No one got hurt. But it was certainly not my best day. It was probably Wednesday before I really felt like I was able to give my best effort.

Post # 13
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

gamerlover:  As someone who worked retail during the time that I got my wisdom teeth out – I’m glad I had a few days to recover from it. But, everyone is different with how it reacts with them.

I got mine out on a Monday morning, and didn’t go to work until that Friday night – and I was still in a lot of pain and it was hard to talk to people. I usually worked the registers, but volunteered just to go around the store and fold clothes and tidy things up so I could just be myself with as little interation with people as possible. My mouth hurt so much.

Like other PP’s said – play it by ear. You don’t know how your body will react to the surgery until after it happens. Some people can go back to work the next day, and others (like me), needed more time with the pain.

Post # 14
11598 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just had one out the end of August (I only had one) and it was impacted.  I had it on the Friday before Labor Day weekend, so I had Monday off for the holiday, and was really glad I did. I could have dealt with it, but it was better to just lay around some more. 

I doubt you’d feel like going back to work on Sunday…

Post # 15
4402 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It totally depends how it goes, and also what you have to do for work. If your job is fairly mellow and you can sit quietly most of the day, you can most likely do it. 

I had the same thing done a while ago, but I ended up having complications and missed 2 weeks of work afterward. But don’t let that scare you; I was in a developing country and things weren’t done as well as they would have been in the US or somewhere similar.

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