wisdom teeth

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by IDANNY, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. IDANNY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2003
    Las vegas
    just got my wisdom teeth out. : ( Anyone have any good stories about them.
  2. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    lots of my friends have missed school because they had to get these out.
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  4. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Mine are slooooooooooooooowly coming in, one was hurting pretty bad last week but I don't want to get them taken out unless I really have to......No health insurance :(
  5. Xanis macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2007
    I got mine out last year. I remember getting into the car still groggy as hell from the anasthesia and feeling pretty good... until I was like 3 blocks from home and the pain kicked in.... HARD. My dad thought this was pretty funny, but promptly drove me to the pharmacy (thank God) to get my hydrocodone prescription filled. I remember stumbling into my house shortly thereafter and throwing up blood in toilet... that part sucked. The first day was a blur, but once I had my happy pills and some milkshakes I was good to go.
  6. jabrowntx macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007

    In addition to having all 4 wisdom teeth pulled at the same time I had 4 others pulled as well (prep work for braces). I developed "dry socket" in all 4 of the wisdom tooth holes. Very painful.
  7. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    I'm keeping mine. They're holding up well so far... besides, don't want to punish them if they haven't done anything.
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    No hot foods/liquids. Don't use a straw. No carbonated beverages.
    ...But I' sure the doctor already told you that.
  9. pjarvi macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    When I got mine out, they rushed me out the back door as soon as I had woken up (general anesthesia). So, while dizzy and feeling weak I stumbled through the parking lot with my mouth full of gauze, drool and blood oozing out from between, and had my Dad drive me home.

    They never explained to me what exactly was going to happen once the surgery was over, so I was kind of miffed/amused at being pushed out the back door.
  10. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

    Jan 14, 2007
    I had mine out over the summer...

    I only had three and they weren't very deep so it was pretty easy. They randomly gave me laughing gas to give me a needle containing anesthesia. I remember just waking up with the taste of blood in my mouth and just wanting to go back to sleep. I went home, didn't sleep until like 9pm, and remembered everything that happened after I woke up unlike many people.

    Pain killers are nice too ;)
  11. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I got mine (top ones; I don't have any down the bottom) out earlier this year, and I was conscious. Didn't hurt much at the time, just took a couple of paracetamol afterwards and all was well! However, I've heard that the bottom ones hurt.
  12. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Yak. I'm keeping mine too. They came in when I was in HS / pre-college... and I've not had any issues so far. :)
  13. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield

    I thought I was smarter than the dentist when he said that my teeth were partially coming in but wouldn't fully make it. I thought I would be fine with them partially out of the gum until I woke up one day in the worst pain of my life. I got some gunk dug into my gum and it got infected and the infection ran down my jaw bone. I had to have the whole gum and jaw bone cut open and had to have alot of infected gum scooped out and drilled out.

    Plus side, I got plenty of pain killers anti-nausea pills and alot of sleep time :)
  14. NEENAHBOY macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2004
    Arlington, VA
    My procedure and aftercare was a piece of cake.

    Went to the oral surgeon (I think this is the key to success...there's no way a dentist would have done as good a job), went home, and felt no pain whatsoever. After the initial gauze was removed, I didn't bleed. I was eating solid food with no trouble that same night. A simple sea salt soak after meals for a few days was all I needed. The stitches dissolved after less than 72 hours.

    It was far less involved than I expected, and it was a great experience overall (well, as great as having teeth violently yanked out of your gums can be, anyway).
  15. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
    I had mine taken out in hospital under general because they were impacted in my jaw. Worst experience ever. It was about a month before things went back to normal again.
  16. bov macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    San Francisco
    aw crap, im getting scared now. im going in for my wisdom teeth consultation tomorrow........ :eek:
  17. it5five macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    I only got two of mine taken out. The other two came in straight and I was told they would be okay provided I made sure I flossed and brushed really well back there.

    Funny story though. When I was woken up, the nurse person had told me and my brother (who was driving me home) to stay away from solid foods (I only ate applesauce for like two days), and to not use a straw for a while.

    First thing we did on the way home was stop and get me a milkshake (with a straw). I remember sucking and sucking on that straw trying to get the milkshake, and then seeing blood all over the place. Of course, I was still half asleep so I had no idea what was going on and couldn't remember a thing the nurse told me after I woke up.

    My brother rules.
  18. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield
    I couldn't emphasis enough, it wont hurt if you get them out when they say that you should get them out. When it comes to painkillers, pay the premium and you will be sittin' pretty :)
  19. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    I didn't get mine out when I was younger, the dentist did recommend it but conveniently only as I was about to turn 18 and would consequently have to pay for it myself. As I didn't have a job yet I didn't bother.

    Now (7 yrs later) I get a painless but worrying clicking on the left when I open and close my mouth. The dentist said it was too late to have wisdom teeth extracted at this stage of their growth unless it became an emergency as it's a difficult operation and to wash my mouth out with warm salt water?? (didn't help)

    Having researched though I think it's the jaw joint itself (thermonuclear joint or whatever it's called) clicking rather than the wisdom tooth bumping against the others or anything. I think if it was impacting I'd know about it.

    Not sure what my point is, I guess it's that for peace of mind you should get them out, and get them out early so that a) the government pays for it and not you (if you're in the UK anyway) and b) it doesn't get left too late!
  20. geekgirl macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2007
    I had all four surgically removed when I was 15. Oh, the laughing gas... so much fun, except I went paranoid on the nurses, and was yelling at them to stop, and that they were trying to kill me. Mom could hear me in the waiting room. Talk about embarassing moments...

    I had them taken out on a Friday, and ended up having a bad reaction from the codeine at first (vomited quite a bit). On Monday, I was back at school, having finally been able to take the codeine without throwing up, and my algebra 2 teacher was making his rounds, helping as we worked, picked up my paper, and promptly sent me to the nurse. Date on my paper: Jan. xx, 1871. (This was in 1988). I couldn't figure out why he thought that was a problem. The rest of the math problems were... interestingly solved.

    Believe it or not, while I was in the nurse's office waiting for my mom, the principal came in and "helpfully" told me all about when he had his wisdom teeth out, and how he was back at work the same day. He couldn't believe that I was still having huge amounts of pain (hence the need for codeine, and being really loopy at school). "You're all a bunch of Whiners!" was his favorite saying.

    Anyway, never ended up with any really huge problems after that. Just no fun at the time.
  21. ich1ban macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2006
    Blaah I'm probably going to have to get mine taken out. Dentist told me about 4 months ago I needed them to be taken out. Haven't done it yet and today I'm going back to the dentist for a cleaning. I bet they're going to tell me to take it out again.
  22. Iscariot macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2007
    I once dated a girl who had hers removed when we were together. For the next couple of days I took care of her (she was a real light weight, so the painkillers pretty much KO'd her), changing her gauss, renting movies for her, carrying her up and down stairs. After she was better, she told me it was the sweetest thing I had ever done for her.

    I was quick to remind her about that time, with the candles, the rose petals, and the bubble bath.

    When she seemed confused, I realized that was a different girl all together :eek:

    (As a note, when I had mine taken out, I bloody well took care of myself. Hell, I walked home after the surgery. I rule.)
  23. Cloudane macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    Sweet Apple Acres
    ^ LOL! Good effort :D

    Did he own a Mac and visit this forum by any chance? *grin/duck projectiles/run*
  24. Xfujinon macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    Iowa City, Iowa
    It really isn't too bad. Follow the recommendations of the dentist/oral surgeon to the letter. Dry sockets are very crappy. Use the little syringe they give you to wash the crap out of the holes once they heal a bit. You do not want food caught in there.

    I echo the sentiments of someone above talking about a jaw infection. My oral surgeon told me about some cases he had seen when he was doing his residency of a Haitian man whose teeth were impacted and infected. They ended up removing part of his jaw, which subsequently disentegrated with the infection, leaving a large portion of his jaw without bone. A prosthesis sort of helped, but it wasn't pretty.

    You'll be fine, I promise. If you are bored, Google the statistics for the failure rate of the operation, it is fairly low. Do what they say, and you'll be okay. The most common problem is allergic reaction to the pain meds people take afterwards.

  25. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    I got mine out years ago a few weeks before christmas. After I woke up but while the anesthesia was still affecting me, My parents told me every christmas present they were giving me. Didn't remember a thing!

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