What to expect from Wisdom Teeth extraction?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Alright so I am having my Wisdom teeth pulled next Friday, my two bottom ones. What do I expect from when I get them pulled and the aftermath? From what I can tell they are probably going to put me to sleep to do it, and for some people it hurts like hell and others it isn't bad at all.
  2. rdowty macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2008
    When I had it done I was put to sleep during. Afterword it hurt, I had pain killers but didn't like the way they made me feel so I did without. After a week or so you should be fine. I was in my mid 30's and they were fully developed so if you're younger it shouldn't be as big of a problem.
  3. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I had all four pulled, there was no pain during the operation, which went by like a breeze. The next two days were hell as I was tired, not wanting to eat and in moderate pain, but all during the final week of summer. The next couple of weeks were fine, although at one point I allowed a piece of rice to get caught in the hole (I didn't clean thoroughly one night, and I was on a clean every other day schedule at that point) it started to close and the half a piece of rice had to be extracted from the open wound - that was not fun, not fun at all. I was put to sleep via a mild sedation, couldn't feel a thing and don't remember the operation, only the counting backwards and the waking up.

    My father had one pulled a couple of weeks ago, he was fine within two hours.

    Given your medical history on these forums though, who knows. Just make sure you keep the wound clean and I suppose take (and more importantly finish) the antibiotics.
  5. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    I had my bottom left wisdom tooth (3 8) pulled out last week, it has already started infecting nerves. I was put under local anesthetics, and besides feeling that someone is doing something to my mouth, I didn't feel a thing.

    The pain came in afterwards, but I was able to handle it quite well due to the help of 'ibuprofen', a pain relief medicine ingredient freely obtainable at a chemist near you.

    I also have to let go of my bottom right wisdom tooth, but since a lot of people, even the two doctors I visited, recommended only getting pulled out one wisdom tooth at a time, since booth teeth are on the same jawbone, and therefore eating becoming quite uncomfortable in the next two, three weeks, I also recommend getting only one wisdom tooth pulled out, as still after one week, eating is quite strange, to write the least. I can't imagine, what it would be like, to have that feeling on both bottom sides.

    However it is recommended getting two wisdom teeth being pulled out, when they are on the same side (1 8 and 4 8, or 2 8 and 3 8), as one is still able to use the other side for slight chewing.

    I hope it goes well for you, I heard terrible things, but they were not true, for me at least, so good luck and more important, better doctor and assistant to you.

  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    they put an IV in you and out you go.

    I been knock out 2 times that way now. One for an oral surgery and another to have my wisdom teeth removed. It is rather intersting feeling and you just can not stay away. My first time I remember seeing 2 heart rate monitors, then 4 heart rate monitors and the next thing I remember is being told I was done.

    As for the wisdom teeth. knock out for the surgery, after wards I slept most of the day and was in a lot of pain that night. Took some pain killers than knock me out and was a little better the next day. Just really puffy and slight pain. by day 3 or 4 I was eating solid food again. I was eating a lot of soup for those 3-4 days.

    Personally I say get it over with in one day and live on the soup and oatmeal diet for a few days.
  7. shivermetimbers macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2008
    McChord, Wash
    Cool pain pills......the best part is when the Kool-Aid man busts through the wall...."Oh Yeah"
  8. Hayduke60 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2009
    I had all 4 yanked on the same visit. I got gassed, Valium gas I think, and they could have yanked all my teeth and I wouldn't have known any difference. The next day was pretty painful. Changing the gauze and cleaning the empty sockets is no fun at all. Ahh, good times.
  9. Antares macrumors 68000


    Expect pain and suffering. Not to mention, horror, while the procedure is in progress.

    Your teeth will be cracked and broken. The pieces will then be pulled out. It will be an experience. Good luck.
  10. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002

    Really not that bad. I was put out cold, woke up loopy as hell, had no pain and moved to France for 4 months 10 days afterwards. :) Took the picture on my phone as soon as I woke up (still in the chair) and picture messaged it to a bunch of my friends.
  11. the vj macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2006
    All I remember was the bone getting broken by the dentist when pulling. That is actually teh shocking part and they won't put you to sleep, you are totally awake.

    Then, after some 2 to 3 hours you will feel the pain, it hurts and it sucks but is not that you are gonna loose your mind.

    The first night won't be easy because of the pain but you can sleep as long you do not put your face down.

    By next morning things sucks a little less and just by being calm and watch TV and stuff you are fine. You can walk all you want but remember if you walk too much that increase your blood preassure and you will be bleeding.

    So, stay calm and eating a lot of icecream and cold stuff, that is the fun part. Hot meals will make you bleed.

    The second night you will be allright. The worst moments are the fisrt hours after the operation.

    I mean, this is nothing campared with breast implants or stuff like that. This is a bit more than getting a tatoo or your nose pierced.
  12. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've had two out while conscious. The first was OK but the second just didn't want to come out. It hurts afterwards though, once the local anaesthetic wears off.
  13. sysiphus macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Not especially fun, but not a huge deal. And this is from a guy who had six (!) wisdom teeth. Needless to say, with the two extra, they had to do some extra digging to get them all out, so I opted for general anesthesia. Had the surgery done on Monday, was close to normal (tender mouth) by Friday. Not too awful. You'll likely get some really powerful painkillers--I got Oxycontin. Ugh. Miserable stuff. The funny thing is that a bunch of the druggies at my high school wanted to buy the leftover pills from me :p (Didn't do it, though)
  14. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I'm following this thread with interest, (and no little trepidation) as this procedure awaits me in the nearish future - at least two have to come out - and I have already had to postpone it for a year on account of having been sent to the Caucasus at short notice (funny, the phone call from MFA asking me to travel came just as I left my dentist last year, having just begun to set the whole process in motion)......

  15. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    Possibly a bit of pain. Unless they give you those pills.
  16. agkm800 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2009
    If the extraction requires oral surgery, it will be really painful. Also, you wouldn't be able to chew solid food for about 2 weeks. At least, that was my experience. I guess some had less painful experiences. Mine was the worst anyone can expect.
  17. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    The coolest part is that you can smell your teeth burning when they use the drill. :eek:

    I don't recall any real pain except for aches in the recovery process. I posted this in a similar thread on here a while back.

  18. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I had mine out (the two top ones) and they used local anesthetic. It's really not the big deal a lot of people make it out to be. I was sore for a while after, and it hurt, but it wasn't anything I couldn't stand and since it's in your mouth you heal fast.

    My doctor let me bring my walkman and listen to music, which help distract me.
  19. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right
    According to an adult video star I once sat next to on a plane, girls who have had their wisdom teeth removed give much better (read:deeper) head. :eek:

    Okay, that smiley was in poor taste. :D
  20. iOrlando macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2008
    i love the posts that say the doctor will not put you asleep or the doctor will put an IV in you. How do you know what HIS doctor will be doing?

    for me..i had gas put me out. Didnt your doctor talk to you about what he will be doing?

    as for my experience..i had alot of blood...that was the worst part. endless amounts of blood.
  21. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I'd have thought that would make no difference at all.
    If you think about it, it isn't like our wisdom teeth sit next to our tonsils… ;)
  22. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right
    Yeah, really. I wouldn't have thought so either, but then again, I don't give much head and when I get it, I'm a little preoccupied to pay attention.
  23. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Well next time pay more attention…
    Some of us consider ourselves very skilled and we like to be appreciated.
  24. wkw macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2004
    Eugene, OR
  25. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    I had all 4 of mine out under general anesthetic. They were all "full bone impaction". They removed little bit of jaw bone and took them out in pieces. I know because I asked for them beforehand and they said they wouldn't be whole teeth. It sounds revolting and it sort of was but it wasn't all that painful.

    Do what they say for aftercare, such as not drinking through straws, etc. Dry socket isn't fun.

    Best of luck. Try not to worry. It will be over with soon.

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