Post # 1
I had my wisdom teeth taken out on Tuesday morning – two were regular extractions, two were bony extractions.
The first 6 hours were awful, and then I switched from Percocet to just regular Tylenol. My mouth felt weird, but it the pain was managable.
Then during the second night, the extreme pain began. I have a few medication options (Percocet, T3, Ketorolac), which I switch off depending on whether I’m able to keep food down. But they barely make a dent in the pain. I’m groaning in pain all day and night until the lack of sleep finally gets to me and I just crash for a few minutes before the pain wakes me up again.
The pain isn’t bothering me at the extraction sites as much as my jaw, roof of my mouth, sinus. It feels like someone is tightening a steel wire all throughout the front of my face. I stopped by the oral surgeon’s office to get it checked out – and he completely dismissed me and told me to take an Aleve. I didn’t feel he was particularly attentive before the surgery, but post-op he’s downright condesending.
Before the surgery, I asked what my blood pressure was, he called me a worry wart. (I’ve been losing weight in an attempt to get my blood pressure down.) When I mentioned that I had an asthma attack the week before at the endodontist in reaction to local anesthetic, he said it was because I was scared. When I raised a concern about using nitrous oxide for my sedation given that I have moderte asthma, he again called me a worry wart.
I get the feeling that because I’m a woman, whenever I advocate for the best care for me, I’m dismissed as a hypochondriac by this jerk.
I really feel like this pain is atypical, but now I’m second guessing myself because this lazy assh*le would rather be dismissive than attentive.
Post # 3
Do you have a regular dentist you can call to have him look at your mouth? A second opinion to make sure everything looks good can’t hurt. It could be something unrelated to the wisdom teeth but triggered by the surgery, or it could be normal post-operative pain. I agree he’s being dismissive, though, and shouldn’t be writing off your concerns like that!
Post # 4
I would become a nagging bitch. What an ass! Is there anyway you can get a second opinion? Is there another dentist there or a friendly hygenist you can get on your side? It seems to me if powerful painkillers aren’t giving you any relief, something is not right.
Post # 5
An aside: I was in the hospital last month visiting the friend of a friend. She was a 20-something woman who later died – she had had a heart attack, and had been complaining of symptoms but they were dismissed because she was a woman and so young.
Post # 6
Do you usually have a high pain threshold? If you know you’re not a total wimp in general, and you feel like it’s unusual, get yourself to another dentist for a second opinion.
Post # 7
I second going to see your regular dentist or at least a second opinion. When I got mine taken out my dentist called me multiple times over the weekend to see how I was doing.
Post # 8
I agree that you need a second opinion. I can’t believe how rude this guy is being to you!
Post # 9
If you’re worried, the best thing to do is settle your nerves and have someone look at it. Whether that be the dentist, general practice doctor, or the oral surgeon. Be forceful and say you want a post-op examm to ensure everything is fine because what you’re experience is discordant with the info you were given pre-surgery about post-op pain. In all likelihood, it probably is some kind of normal post-op pain (when I had 4 bony extractions the worst pains were days 2/3-5, then I had a bad reaction to the pain medication which made me so itchy and dry-skinned that I wanted to rip my own damn skin off and needed someone to come apply moisturizer periodically). However, it’s possible that maybe a stitch is too tight or worst case a nerve got pinched/nicked (this happened to my mother, although she knew there was an unusually extremely high chance of this for her ahead of time…it eventually healed though). Overall, my #1 guess is that you’re experiencing intense but normal-range pain post-op, but you should have more confidence in your oral surgeon than this and he should be examining you to allay your concerns–that’s his job, and I’d tell him as much.
Post # 10
He’s being a jerk, but somebody should look at you. You may have a dry socket, and the pain from one can be excruciating.
Call your regular dentist and have him take a look.
Post # 11
I agree with what these other girls have just said. Can you call your regular dentist? Or, if you have a regular doctor, I would even try calling them. Even if you have to go to Urgent Care, I would do something. Your oral surgeon’s behavior is completely uncalled for. I would be documenting your calls and conversations. You could also call your dentist for a second recommendation for another oral surgeon. Try to get someone in to see you and document those results. It’s possible that your oral surgeon did do something wrong, and if he/she chose to brush you off and not treat you, you can report them to the dental board. We went through this with a situation with my dad (a dentist quoted him $10,000 worth of work, charged him for a root canal and didn’t perform the procedure). My stepfather is a dentist, and he is actually one of the few that will also do wisdom teeth extractions.
I know that you said that your extraction sites feel fine. Out of curiousity, have you been keeping up with the warm salt water rinses, and are you by any chance a smoker? I’m not trying to assume anything or get into your business, but from being around my stepfather and my mom (who is a dental hygentist and chairside assistant during surgeries), those two things (together or separate) can cause dry sockets, which are incredibly painful.
I hope you can get some pain relief! I’m feeling for you…I had my wisdom teeth taken out and it was so incredibly painful.
Post # 12
I bet you have a dry socket????????????? I had two of those when I had my wisdom teeth taken out. It is the worst pain ever that does not go away no matter how much tylenol you take. Tooth pain is the worst cause it does not really go away. If it is a dry socket they should have this medicine that they put directly on where the bone is exposed to the air. If this oral surgeon is a jerk though call and ask for one of the dental asistants and tell them you think you have a dry socket. Go around him or above him.
Post # 13
I don’t know if I have a high or low threshold, but I switched to regular Tylenol after Day 1. Now I’m back on the strong stuff.
I’m not a smoker, and tried to be really good about not spitting, rinses, etc. I didn’t know about the link between birth control and dry sockets until I read about it after my surgery (didn’t get a recommendation to schedule my surgery during my low-estrogen days), so I ended up stopping 2 days ago to decrease the likelihood of developing dry sockets.
@everyone else: I have 2 appointments on Monday with my endodondist and my regular dentist because I’m trying to get my front tooth fixed in time for my wedding. (I have an ugly yellow front tooth that was caused by damage sustained in an accident.) I’ll flag this for them.
HA – I guess I’ll have to cancel our e-pics for Sunday!
Post # 14
My best guess is that the pain is from essentially shifting teeth post extraction – if bone was taken out, it could have affected the teeth that had been pushing against the impacted teeth. I can’t bite any more because my teeth don’t “fit” if that makes sense. Everything is out of alignment.
Post # 15
For that reason alone you need to be seen (and not wait until Monday). On top of everything else you don’t need to be breaking other teeth when you try to eat. Sometimes the jaw can pop out of alignment if unusual pressure is placed on it during lower extractions, but it needs to be out back in its place. Sometimes people can do it themselves, by putting downward pressure (with the 2 index fingers on each side) on the lower jaw and pushing back. If you have sutures there it may not be possible, tho.
Post # 16
I’m glad you’ve got some appointments on Monday. Hopefully one of them can give you the help you need! If the pain continues to be bad, definitely keep calling. Once it gets really high, it can be harder for the meds to bring it down. I hope that it goes away!