(Closed) Just got Wisdom teeth out 4 hours ago and in horrible pain. I need kind words :(

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Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I rinsed with a salvia tea when I had all of my impacted teeth removed, it helps with swelling. I didn’t have as much pain as you and (against dentist’s orders) was eating nachos the night after I got them removed. I only took motrin 800mg and never even touched vicodin so I am hoping for a quick recovery for you and hopefully tomorrow is much better than today 🙂

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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yourhandinmine :  Well I would personally disagree. My first and second day were the worst (all 4 removed and were impacted) and everything got better from there…at least till I had my complications.

Overall I think the swelling was the biggest thing. So early on was more difficult than later to me as things went down.

I would try not to stress. Just focus on the instructions you were given and rest. Really just sleeping was the best thing early on. Certainly keep trying to drink though. I didn’t really eat till day two but I know some that ate right away first day. Every healing process is different. I’m sure you’ll be okay and tomorrow should be a bit easier.

Post # 49
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ask for stronger pain meds! I had all four of mine out together and I cried and sobbed, the pain was so unbearable the first day. Something that may help you. Get a hot pack that you can warm up in the microwave. The heat around my teeth helped way more than ice or anything cold. I lived on Wendy’s frosties for a week before I could contemplate real food. Best wishes for you, take it easy, stay in bed and don’t worry about anything but recovery. 

Post # 50
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Hey bee, I had all 4 of mine taken out two weeks ago at 28.  My dentist warned me ahead of time that “my age” would make my recovery more difficult.  I went in yesterday to get the sites checked out because I was still having some pain in the 5-6 range after a week off antibiotics and wanted to make sure he didn’t think it was infected.  He told me that light-skinned/light-eyed folks who easily burn will have receptors/nerve endings that are more sensitive – so if you’re on this boat, be aware!  He thinks that I “may” have had a dry socket in the one (lower left) that has hurt the most, which is also the only one that ever gave me any pain when they were in.  I was on Percocet and could take 1-2 every 4-6 hours and burned though my 20 in 4 days – if I’d known my pain was due to a dry socket earlier I would have asked for more, but I had Thurs-Sun off while on the pain meds and have alternated ibuprofen and acetemenophen since then. 

I did a ton of research through recovery and recommend that you do too – the face mask a PP posted is a godsend, buy an extra set of ice packs to keep in the freezer while you have a set on your face and use heat after a few days!  Use a syringe to clean your wound sites after a few days, I didn’t and wish I had.  I still feel like the lower holes are gaping and get food stuck in them, so be prepared for some weeks if not months of healing depending on your age.  

Definitely your dentist for stronger pain meds or ask if you need to supplement with an over the counter, get ice packs and a syringe, sleep with your head elevated at an angle instead of flat, and try to relax and rest as much as possible.  You’ll be fine, but I won’t lie, the healing process has been a bitch and I really would have preferred to spend last week drugged up instead of in pain thinking it was supposed to feel that way. 

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

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yourhandinmine :  Oh my gosh. I had the worst experience and I was SEVERELY allergic to the pain meds they gave me. So, yes it sucks. The good news!? I found that things got better relatively quickly. Like another bee said, make sure that you’re using a straw. I’m not a big juice drinker, but try that to help get something into you. I can’t remember what the other restrictions are, but legitimately blend food and have it through a straw if you have to…it sounds horrible, but it saved me!

Post # 52
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Ok, first of all…do yourself a favor and avoid Googling this topic! I had mine out a month ago and was a total nervous wreck for MONTHS – I cried in the office. Four weeks after the surgery and I STILL Google whether I can develop a dry socket, etc. As you can probably tell I am super paranoid.

Anyway- if you’re still bleeding by the time you read this you need to call your oral surgeon to see what’s up. I was also told that the moist teabag helps if it hasn’t subsided after the gauze. 

For me, the WORST part of the experience was over when I stopped bleeding. I left the surgeon’s office comfortably numb, my mom picked up my pain meds from CVS, and I tried eating pudding and taking a pain pill (they advised to take the pain pill before it starts to hurt). My mouth was so numb I couldn’t eat the pudding but I could get the pain pill down. After my “meal” the numbing wore off and it was extremely painful! I was crying and a nervous wreck!! Same as you – I thought, if this is day one, what on earth will day two be like?!?!

The only relief I got was from applying pressure to the gauze and icing my face. Oh yeah, ice your face 20 minutes on….20 minutes off each side…it will make a huge difference in your sweeling. I eventually was somehow able to take a nap with the gauze still in my mouth (this was not advisable/not a good idea lol) but when I woke up, the bleeding had stopped entirely and I was fine!! It was seriously only an hour of unbearable pain! Afterwards I was sore but not in pain.

I hope you have a similar experience! Keep icing your face, NO straws, salt water rinses beginning 24 hours after surgery (? I think said 24 hours, can’t quite remember), don’t spit out the rinses- let the rinse ooze gently out of your mouth, etc. Follow all post op instructions and you’ll be okay!!!

My biggest advise- follow your doc’s advice and stay away from the Internet for the most part! Everyone loves sharing their horror story of how they missed 3 weeks of school and failed their final exams because of complications etc. etc. but in reality the vast majority of people are “back at it” within a few days. I am 24 and my teeth were fully grown.

Post # 54
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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yourhandinmine :  I’m not a dentist, but the odor could be indicative of an infection. Are you on antibiotics? I would call the oral surgeon’s emergency line or go to urgent care. I wouldn’t wait until Monday, because oral infections can become very serious, very quickly. 

Post # 56
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Bumble bee

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yourhandinmine :  On approximately day 3 or 4 I had headaches and numbing pains in my mouth also. I can’t exactly say for certain, but I think it’s just part of the healing process. The bad smell in my mouth was sort of like a dry blood/medication/gauze/tonsil stone kinda smell. I think the type of bad smell you should be worried about if it starts to smell rotten in there. I suppose if you start to have fever symptoms you might want to call the doctor again.

The pain in my jaw, was due to stiffness since my mouth was pretty much idle and shut for the past three or four days. It lead to really bad tension headaches that almost were as bad as migraines. After you’re fully healed, you’re probably going to take a week or two to be able to move your jaws and get them to relax back to the way they were. Hang in there bee.

Post # 58
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Blushing bee

From experience, having my wisdoms infected was 800000x worse than having them removed. I had a medicinal taste for both but I attributed that to the ammoxicillian (I was on it for nearly a month between the infection, the pre-antibiotics and the post surgery antibiotics they gave). Then again, I didn’t really have any problems with the Tylenol/codine prescribed and only really needed it for 48 hours then took a half dose for the third night and was done with it all. I wish they’d given me it when it was infected–that’s when I really needed it!!! I drank a lot of protein shakes (ensure, special k, slim fast…) and soup and didn’t even bother trying actual food. 

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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yourhandinmine :  I’m surprised that they didn’t prescribe prophylactic antibiotics. I was given them for my wisdom teeth extraction and for other major dental work. 

I know everyone’s perception of pain & recovery is different, but it really sounds like you could have an infection. I hope you will get medical attention if you aren’t feeling better soon or if things get worse. 

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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yourhandinmine :  If you are worried you should call the dentist and schedule a follow-up sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter what someone else’s experience is because everyone will have a different reaction depending on how impacted your teeth were. Mine came out easily, no infection, tons of pain and swelling, though. I couldn’t move my jaw for a week. A friend of mine has her’s out and was back to normal after two days.

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