Post # 16
If your doctor is advising time off, take it! Wisdom teeth removal, especially surgical, is so rough. I was fortunate in that I was at uni when I had mine out, so I was only working part time, but I still missed a week and a half of work and uni. I’ve had a shitload of dental work including THREE root canals on the same tooth but the pain did get to me. Hope you feel better soon Bee!
Post # 17
My wisdom teeth experience was awful. However, painkillers in most prescribed forms make me sick. So, I didn’t take the pain medication they gave me at all. I stuck to Ibprofen I think over the counter because those don’t make me sick. The first day I came home and literally passed out. My cheeks were very swollen (all four surgically removed and impacted). It honestly took a week before my swelling even began to noticeably subside. Eating was difficult and uncomfortable mainly due to swelling so I stuck to soft foods and liquids for two weeks. I did salt water rinses like you wouldn’t believe though.
Honestly, I would say I was riding around for work though again after the end of the week. I will say that my energy was lower than normal though so I drank a lot of nutritional drinks to make sure I was getting the vitamins and protein necessary. When you think about it, not being able to eat as you used to means you probably aren’t getting quality nutrition you need.
I got a serious infection which they couldn’t explain. This didn’t appear till the two week mark when my antibiotics finished. I kept my mouth pristine so it wasn’t due to lodged food. Unfortunately it set me back because they ended up having to reopen my gums, scrape it, and reset the healing. I could go into a long story about it and the highly recommended/awarded dentist but I won’t stress you out further lol.
I would really look into what you’re eating and I would probably continue with work. However, that’s just me. If your doctor is recommending you take time then I would listen to them. I think you’ll be feeling better by the two week mark.
Post # 18
The drinks I drank were the carnation breakfast essentials chocolate…and I tried to look to things like spinach quiche that was soft but full of protein/nutrients.
My dentist was very surprised at how quickly my gums healed over and wanted to know if I did anything special diet wise. Besides the drinks and salt water rinses after every meal and morning and night…I didn’t do anything special really. Unfortunately my dentist insisted on not using dissolve stitches so my stitches literally were healing into my gums on my lower sides…and this was before my removal date.
I’ve also heard good things about honey. So you could try drinking some teas with it. 🙂
Post # 19
Thank you so much for everyones responses. I’ve listened to my surgeon and taken the week off. Starting to bruise really bad but hopefully by the end of this week I am feeling more myself! Thanks again for all the kind advice and responses. xxx
Post # 20
happygirl224 : Oh gosh, that sounds terrible. I had mine out in September, and I only took 1 day off besides the day of surgery, but I had little to no swelling, and was eating softer foods the next day. Sorry you are having such a hard time! I would take some extra time until you feel better.
Post # 21
happygirl224 : Hope you continue to feel better! I was going to comment and say you should stay home longer as well, but read your update.
I had a long recovery time when I had mine out as well, and it took me a lot longer to heal than most people. I was still in quite a bit of pain after 8 days, so I figured it was time to go back to work and tough it out. I ended up getting 2 dry sockets. I didn’t drink out of a straw or smoke or do anything that I shouldn’t have, but the surgeon said just talking too much or stressing your muscles around the area can do it as well.
Trust me, you do NOT want dry sockets, especially since your incisions have already started to heal. Repairing a dry socket once those have started to heal is the worst dental pain I have ever been through in my life, by far (and I’ve been through a lot of dental trama). The pain from those is probably 100x worse than the actual surgery and its aftermath.
You made the right decision by staying home. Take it easy and make sure you are completely up to it before you go back to work! Hopefully it won’t be too much longer. Get well soon!
Post # 22
Hey bee! Hope you are feeling better!~ and had lots of time to read updates on the bee… since you are home relaxing! 🙂 Let us know how you’re doing!