Wisdom Teeth – one week before wedding!

posted 5 months ago in Wellness
Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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@megm1099:  You’re the only other person I know who had them removed that young!  I was 14 and the first of my friends.  Everyone else had it done in college. 

Post # 32
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Busy bee

ugh I had mine done in two different sessions. The first session was two teeth, and super easy recovery. The second one, I got a dry socket and it was excrutiating for probably 10 days. Like, in bed high on vicodin excrutiating.

If you can put it off, do it after the wedding. 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I had mine removed in high school, and had about the best experience I think you can have with wisdom teeth removal. Mine were impacted and growing sideways, so they had to be cut out while I was under IV sedation. I had very minimal swelling, no bruising, and no pain. I only took pain meds the first day, and was back in school by Monday (had them taken out on a Thursday), looking completely normal.

On the other hand, some of my friends had completely opposite experiences, so doing it a week before your wedding is definitely a gamble. I would look at your history with healing to make your decision. I’ve always been a good/quick healer, and made sure I followed the aftercare to a T. 

Post # 34
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Newbee

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@haleywolfe22:  I had four impacted wisdom teeth removed with IV sedation. One of the teeth had to be broken in order to extract it because the root was wrapped around a nerve. Well, a piece of the broken tooth embedded in the nerve when they broke it before extraction and they didn’t catch it for three weeks. I had radiating nerve pain down the side of my face and neck for three weeks until they diagnosed the problem and removed the piece from the nerve. Excruciating. I can’t even describe it except to say it incapacitated me for weeks. No amount of pain meds could help me. The swelling and bruising itself lasted over a week. As soon as the piece was removed, instant relief. Although it didn’t happen to me, dry socket is common and can also be painful.

Yes my specific situation is rare, but the point is that complications can happen. I’m an ER nurse by profession and I see it all the time. Routine surgeries gone bad. So please keep that in mind when making your decision.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee

I don’t think I’d do it a week before my wedding.  I don’t remember how long I was swollen for, but it was several days, and I also felt awful and low energy and would not have been up for the usual pre-wedding stuff (last minute prep, getting manicures, etc).  

I’d also ask your oral surgeon exactly what after care you’d need to do and for how long.. ie, rinsing your mouth with salt water, etc.  Pretty sure I was still having to do that a week after mine were removed, several times a day.  That might be hard to do at a wedding. You’d also want to ask if you could drink alcohol 7 days later.

There’s also the possible risk of developing a dry socket, which will have you in a lot of pain for a few more days.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

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@dianaj17:  Interesting note- it’s actually not that uncommon under general anaesthetic in the U.K. – that’s how mine was done, with a full breathing tube. Mine was a standard extraction, but I was offered a general as an option because I’m a nervous patient. My mum had the same scenario, and I know a couple of other people who were offered it but chose sedation instead.

I would have thought it would be less common here given that we don’t pay for healthcare, so it’s very weird!

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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@missinthecity:  The only, legit only, good things about having people constantly in your mouth from the age of 6 are that a) you never get a cavity and b) they catch crap REALLY early on XD They noticed my wisdom teeth becoming a problem that May and I got the surgery the following month. 

I was the first of my friends as well! My oral surgeon mentioned that I was quite young; otherwise I wouldn’t have even known 16 was young! Luckily I was on summer vacation for it because man, recovery was really rough! 

Post # 38
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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@megm1099:  Same, mine waited until the summer so I wouldn’t have to miss school.  It was a crappy few weeks, but I’m glad I was able to get it overwith young! 

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

I know everyone is telling you not to do it but if you are throbbing with pain then get them pulled asap. How will you be able to enjoy your wedding with throbbing pain in your mouth? Unless you drug yourself to the max with pain killers all day.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I too had IV sedation for all 4 wisdom teeth last year, and honestly even though I wasn’t “fully out,” it felt like I was and I don’t remember a thing. Woohoo! I’ve heard this is very common so I wouldn’t worry at all about it. Chances are you too won’t remember anything.

That said, oh goodness, I would really avoid doing this 1 week before your wedding. I say this with a grain of salt because if you are in a lot of pain due to them being impacted, then the choice might be out of your hands. Is it truly from being impacted, or is it infected caused from impaction? (Mine would get infected frequently from being half-impacted and would get tender and swollen which is why I’m asking). If it’s just an infection, I would ask for an antibiotic instead and get the procedure done afterward.

Everyone is different of course, but to give my perspective, I wasn’t able to eat solid or open my mouth fully for at least 2 weeks. While the swelling went down within a day for me and I didn’t have any pain (got by on just ibuprofen and tylenol!), I was in NO state for my wedding day 1 week in! I couldn’t eat any solids yet and actually 6 days after my surgery, one of my holes started bleeding profusely. It ended up just fine, but anytime I would open my mouth large or talked for an extended time, it would start bleeding again.

Essentially, I would absolutely 100% avoid doing this at almost all costs. The only way I would do it is if, like I said, the pain is solely from impaction (not infection) and you can’t imagine lasting a week with it. There are so many unknowns with wisdom teeth recovery and you just may be okay, but oof, I wouldn’t risk it, especially in a white dress!

Post # 42
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Bumble bee

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@pnwlove:  This was my experience too, almost to a T. I was older (mid 20’s) but my wisdom teeth removal experience was pretty uneventful. Mine were impacted but I came home and had french fries and apple sauce for dinner. I filled my prescription for a pain killer but ended up not using anything more than regular old Tylenol or Advil or whatever happened to be in my mom’s house. No swelling either.

Given the horror stories I had heard from others, I was bracing myself for the worst. I was so thankful that I had it easier than anyone else I had ever heard of. 

Post # 43
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Bumble bee

I think it’s one of those that can be very individual. At the tender age of 30 I haven’t had mine grown yet. But my bf had his removed and he took off 3 days sick and was swollen and in pain. My bff had her removed and she came to work right after and had no effect or feeling.

 

P.s. I’ve never heard of iv sedation (in dentist context) we only have local anestecia (and alternatives if medically necessary) but that is cool if there are more options.

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I also wanted to add: I know it’s not ideal, but is there anyway you could just remove the one that’s bothering you for now? And then go back and remove the other ones later? I imagine it will be a lot easier to recover from 1 tooth versus all 4.

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