Post # 16
I only had 3 (one just never formed), and had all 3 removed at once. They were all impacted. I was out for 4-5 days. The painkillers are what got me the most. The Percosct made my sick, and all I could do was sleep it off. Any time they try to prescribe me that again, I’m asking for Vicodin.
Post # 17
I was put under, had all 4 removed (impacted), went to bed hungry at 8pm, drove 7 hours the next day with some applesauce, and went snowboarding all day the next day. Had a few beers. I was not expecting it to be so easy! I hope the same for you!
Post # 18
I had all 4 extracted under local anesthesia when I was 26. My teeth were not impacted. I went back to work after 2 days. But I’ve had a lot of dental procedures, so I’m pretty used to the pain. Hope everything goes smoothly for you!
Post # 19
I’ve had 4 impacted wisdom teeth and 2 impacted canines removed during the past 2 years. It always took me one week to feel completely fine and able to eat everything, but about 3 days to be functional. I guess it depends on your case and the abilities of the dentist though.
Post # 20
I’ve had two removed under local on separate occasions and went back to work the next day after both. I was in a small amount of pain but nothing paracetamol couldn’t help with. You’ll be fine, the thought of it is so much worse than the actual procedure. Good luck bee.
Post # 21
the only day I remember being awful was the day mine were removed. The next day I was still on milkshakes all day and it was not fun, but I would say by the 3rd day I was back to regular activities with the exception of eating (still having soft foods.. not necessarily milkshakes but mashed potatoes, etc). On the 4th day I could eat french fries but struggled to do it haha.
Post # 22
I had all 4 done at once. I chose to forgo sedation because recovering from anesthesia is usually miserable for me so I was conscious and just had a local anesthetic. I felt pressure and pulling during the procedure but no pain. Afterwards I didn’t have any swelling, bruising or bad effects. I took OTC tylenol or Advil for pain. I chose not to take any prescription pain killers because they make me vomit. I think I had it done on a Friday and was back at work on Monday.
Post # 23
I had all 4 removed and it took me about a week to fully recover. I wasn’t in too much pain and wasn’t very bruised, but I was very very swollen and VERYYYY stiff. I could barely move my jaw and it took a week to be able to eat. A couple days after getting them out, I went to church and nearly fainted due to sitting and standing up a bunch on barely any food. Drink Boost or some other protein drink. I would say I was “presentable” enough after a couple days, but comfort-wise, it took a week. I defintely wouldn’t have been able to go to work right after, but I was a student at the time.
Obviously it’s different for everyone but that was my experience. It’s impossible to know how you’ll be until it’s happening.
Post # 24
I had four impacted wisdom teeth removed in July, and it was an awful, awful experience. I’ll spare you the gorey details, but it was four months ago and I still have some slight complications from the surgery.
Post # 25
Thank you so much for your replies bees and for all the great tips- take the meds & don’t use a straw! I’m a bit worried now, the dentist said I would be fine within a day but I’m not sure if i believe that. Also worried about dry socket: what do people do when that happens?
Post # 26
I had all 4 of mine taken out a year and a half ago. I was under general anesthesia so it was easy…..
It sucked a little, but plenty of broth and mashed potatoes and you’ll be good to go.
I was eating a steak the weekend after I had them removed.
If you are only getting 1 out, then you’ll be perfectly fine.
Post # 27
Oh boy…. dry socket is NOT fun.
I had a partial one (not even a full one!) and my mouth was throbbing in pain. It sucked!!!!!
Unfortunately I can’t tell you the experience of getting it fixed…. because my dentist told me it wasn’t enough for him to medicate it…. so I pretty much sucked it up till it stopped hurting on its own.
Be really careful when you eat, drink and avoid straws or anything similar to that.
Don’t worry they aren’t that common.
Good luck! You’ll be fine!!!
Post # 28
I think it really depends on you. I had by two bottom done in boot camp and they basically pretended that nobody had just had wisdom teeth pulled and has us back at everything a day later and it hurt like a bitch. When I got my top two pulled, maybe a year or so later, it was no big deal and the recovery time was maybe a day or two and far less painful than the first two. Since its impacted I would imagine the recovery time wI’ll be a few days at least..
Post # 29
I was fine within 2 days, but my teeth were not impacted and all 4 had erupted. (I got them out cause the bottom 2 were only partially out and I had started having problems with them). I had a very uncomplicated surgery, no bruising and very minimal swelling.
I got mine out on a Thursday, took Friday off work and I was at about 95/100 on Monday for work.
I was prescribed T3s, which I took the day of surgery, morning after surgery, and after that I switched to regular strength Advil.
Post # 30
I had 4 very impacted ones taken out at once, two of which were so impacted they had to be taken out in pieces. I did mine during a summer in college a few weeks before I was studying abroad so I didn’t have to worry about taking off time. But I had prepared for the recovery to be awful (and I have very low pain tolerance) and was fine in about 2 days. If I was working at the time I definitely could have gone back to work in 2-3 days but it took longer to fully recover and be able to eat solid or crunchey foods.