Post # 1
I had my wisdom teeth surgically removed a week ago. I had some set backs because I got really sick for two days with vomitting due to the mix of antibiotics and painkillers.
Each day from then have gotten better but only by a tiny bit. I still can’t really open my mouth, cant really chew yet, and talking for long periods is difficult (although all of this is getting a tiny bit easier each day the last few days).
I’ve already had a week off work. My work involves lots of talking, driving to meet clients and everything. It’s a busy and full on job. I went out for the first time yesterday and within an hour I felt really exhausted with the heat and everything.
My family think I should take another week off to make sure I’m all back to normal before going back to work. My surgeon also said they are happy to extend my certificate if needed to cover me.
I hate taking time off work and always feel like I should just suck it up and do it. I’ve read a lot that people seem to be fine within the week to go back to work so its making me feel worse about it.
So just looking for some opinions and advice from people who have been in my situation. Should I just suck it up? Is this normal? I still have pain at times but mostly just in the mornings (it can take a while for my mouth to ease up a bit after waking up).
Thanks so much! xxx
Post # 2
Oof – sorry you’re hurting, bee!
When I had my wisdom teeth out, they felt off for weeks, and then a month later I got a really bad infection in one of the sockets. It was not fun!
So because of my experience, I’m all about giving yourself healing time, especially if you have a lot of travel and talking to do in your job.
Ultimately, you have to do what’s right for you! Feel better!
Post # 3
Take another week off. I went back to work within a couple days but I could not talk or barely eat at all! It was horrible and I probably should have stayed home.
Post # 4
I’m sorry you are experiencing this pain! It was miserable for me too! What really helped me was salt water rinses and meds. Take the time you need to heal. Don’t feel bad about that. Salt is a miracle wiener especially after every meal. It took me over 2 weeks to feel better.
Post # 5
sistersequin : haha “miracle wiener”. Autocorrect, you’re silly.
happygirl224 : My wisdom teeth removal was super easy. I was back at work at almost 100% a couple days later, but I’ve known several people recently who have had a lot of issues. One girl is a month out and still can’t open her mouth much at all. I agree with salt rinses and heating pads to help with the jaw pain. I’d take a few more days off from work.
Post # 6
sistersequin : SithLady : “Miracle wiener” has absolutely made my day.
OP, I agree you should take a few more days off. I don’t think you’d be doing yourself any favors by going back to work at this point.
Post # 7
Oh yah take some more time off work! Not everyone heals the same from the same surgery and it sounds like you are having some genuine difficulties here. I am sorry to hear it. My own wisdom tooth removal surgery was extrememly easy so I went back to work sooner than I expected to because I had no difficulties. that said, I sure as heck would have been taking the time if I needed to! and so should you. We’re all different and you don’t get a medal for sucking it up and suffering. Stay home and take care of yourself, bee!
Post # 8
I was fine after a week but my experience sounds nothing like yours. It honestly doesn’t matter if most people were ready to go back to work after a week, from your post you are clearly not just take another week otherwise you are going to be absolutely miserable and potentially make your recovery take even longer.
Post # 9
happygirl224 : I kept thinking that having my wisdom teeth removed was saving 3 and a half of braces on my teeth from shifting back and having to start all over again.
Post # 10
SithLady :I hate to make you feel bad but I had 4 wisdom teeth removed and went home and baked a cake for the church bake sale. I also mopped the floor as it my chore for the day. Not much sympathy at my house.
Post # 11
It sounds like you’re getting better and that’s a good sign. Wisdom teeth are the hardest teeth to remove because they come in crooked, are so far back in the mouth, and some people have to have them out when they haven’t fully erupts yet (still in the jaw bone). Instead of taking a whole week off maybe just a couple more days? You probably had to open your mouth pretty wide so jaw pain in the joint is normal. If the actual extraction site is red and puffy try warm salt water rinses but be very gentle! I’m a dental assistant in case you are wondering
Post # 12
Take more time off. If you can’t talk and your job requires it you’ll be doing more harm than good. I’m sorry you’re hurting and it sucks not to get paid and its unexpected but if something happens and you have to take even more time off you’ll be worse off. Best of luck to u!
Post # 13
happygirl224 : Listen to your surgeon! I had my top two taken out in May and June (they took them out one at a time) and it’s because I healed so well, that I was back to work 48 hours after the first operation and on the Monday after my 2nd operation (which had been on a Friday morning). Being off work because you’re sick isn’t fun, but give yourself time to heal properly, please.
ETA: The reason why I had to take an extra day off the first time was because the swelling had descended from my cheek to around my jaw and made opening my mouth (and talking) hard. I wouldn’t have been much use at work, given that one of my main tasks includes speaking to people.
Post # 14
crackerjax : Maybe you meant to reply to someone else, I’m not sure why that would make me feel bad…? My recovery was also very easy. I probably would have been cool to go to work the next day as there really wasn’t any pain or swelling, but I had it done on a Friday and didn’t have to go back until Monday.
Post # 15
SithLady : I didn’t want to make you feel bad. Hit the wrong button for the poster. sorry.