Wisdom Teeth Woes

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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2302 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@CakeyP:  don’t stress – i am recovering from having all four out right now. i’d never had any sedation, broken a bone, nothing. i was VERY anxious and nervous and it was FINE. 

 

from sedation to waking up in the recovery room was 45 minutes, and the nurse said the actual surgery took 20 minutes. ask for conscious sedation, it means you’re breathing, swallowing etc on your own and can answer questions etc but you feel no pain and won’t remember anything. 

don’t worry – i spent so long freaking out and honestly, it’s not fun, but it’s not nearly as bad as i thought 🙂 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@CakeyP:  I’m 31 and just made an appointment to get my wisdom teeth out too :/  Actually I only have 3 (I like to think I’m highly evolved!) and my dentist says that only 1 of those is a problem, so I’ll probably just do the one.

If you have dental insurance, the vast majority of it should be covered.  When I had a consultation last year (and then just avoided the subject for a while), it was going to be covered except for $175 or something.

May as well get them out, especially if they’re bothering your gums and messing up your teeth!!  It’ll be ok.  The paperwork is a pain in the ass, but it’ll be worth it to have it covered.  Can you ask your FI to sit down and help you work through it all?  Sometimes I like that just for moral support even if he’s not actually helpful…  hugs!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@CakeyP:  I wouldn’t worry about the pain – it’s a very routine surgery. I had all of mine out in the same day and they were impacted to boot (they had to dig to get at the tooth). My husband all of his taken out in the same day too and he was eating solid food the same day. I didn’t recover that easily, but I was back at work the next day.

As for the insurance, it has been awhile since we had these procedures done. I cannot remember the exact cost but it was definitely over $1,500 and under $2,000. Most dentists will submit claims on your behalf so that you only pay what is leftover. I have never been to a dental office that wasn’t willing to do that and it takes a lot of the stress away.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had my wisdom teeth extracted at the beginning of the year. Insurance covered most of it 🙂 I ended up paying around 2-300 out of pocket!

Don’t stress! It does suck to have them out, but looking back on it… It really was NOT that bad. It took a while for me to recover fully, I wasn’t able to bite down with pressure for a long time and I didn’t think I would every be back to normal.

Pain wise, it was pretty bad the first day. My stomach was not liking the pain meds, so I pretty much used Tylenol :/

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Have you considered getting them extracted at a local dental school? Much cheaper, and residents are overseen by trained faculty who have been in the fields for decades. If you have that option, I’d recommend it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@CakeyP:  for aftercare and nausea, buy some ‘ensure’ meal supplement. you’ll be able to drink it, and it will help settle your stomach with the pain meds. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I had mine removed by an oral surgeon but it was still done in the dentist office not a hospital. I also had a conscious sedation. I only remember them saying “One down, three to go” and I was told that I might have imaged that..

I looked a little like a chipmunk for a week, took pain meds, and was careful what I ate and drank for a week. I was worried about getting dry socket – no drinking through a straw! But I was fine, no issues. I had mine done over winter break when I was in University and I was fine by the time break was over.

My dental insurance covered mine 100% but had it not have my medical would have so its good to have them check both.

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@CakeyP:  Get it over with. I procrastinated and ended up needing more intensive surgery than it would have been if I had gotten it done when they first came in. The roots continue to grow and develop with age. The longer you leave them in the harder it is to remove them. 

I had all 4 extracted in July. The surgery actually went really well and I was able to stay pain free with just Motrin, no painkillers. I see you’re in Jersey, I went to Oral Surgery Group in New Brunswick. If you get them all done at the same time it costs less because they only have to put you under one time. The sedation costs more than the actual surgery. There was minimal swelling. 

Believe me I was scared shitless about getting my teeth removed. I made my original appointment in 2006, chickened out and cancelled, and now I feel dumb for having been so scared and waiting so long.

Post # 13
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353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@CakeyP:  I just had my 4 wisdom teeth removed last January by surgery (they were impacted and although all 4 had came out, they weren’t out enough, so they had to cut my gums).

However, if they don’t bother you, don’t do it. Mine were causing a LOT of trouble to my health.

I was fully anesthetised, but I could go home at night. And I had to be on strong pain killers every 4 hours (and those didn’t even fully work) and putting ice on my face for a week. It was SUPER painful.

I’m not saying this to discourage you. It’s the best decision I’ve made in the long run, I’m not going to lie. But what I mean to tell you is that if they are not bothering you, you may go through a lot of pain that you don’t need.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@CakeyP:  Some dentists opt to leave them if they aren’t causing symptoms. Like you, I had one partially erupted with no room at all. When it was moving, it was really painful. The other 3 were in the gums but no symptoms at all. I saw an oral surgeon who said he could take just one, or all 4. I figured if I was going under, I may as well have all 4 out at once, and haven’t regretted it! You could get them out as they cause trouble, but having all 4 out means you don’t have to worry about it again! My sister had hers out in the chair, one at a time, when they played up. She said each experience was fine, didn’t feel any pain at all and they came out easily.

Post # 16
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551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@CakeyP:  i put this off until i was 26. honestly, it ended up not costing that much ($200 – $300 maybe?), i got a week off of work and laid around eating mashed potatoes from KFC and milkshakes while watching netflix. it was one of the best weeks of my life, hahahah. minus not being able to open my mouth up too wide.  i really wish i could do it all over again. (for the week off of work and lounging aspect, ha) 

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