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Unread 10-12-2006, 06:13 AM   #1
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Pulling Teeth

So I'm getting a couple teeth pulled today. Can't say I'm looking forward to it, but its better than the pain I've been having for the past month or so. I'm getting my two bottom wisdom teeth taken out.

Now, I've asked some people I know what I should expect, but nobody tells me the same thing. Like my mom said that I should be fine by tomorrow, but my girlfriend said I'll be in pain all weekend.

So what am I in for?

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Unread 10-12-2006, 06:25 AM   #2
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how impacted are they. I had all four pulled a couple of years ago and had no problem. I had 2 that were 1/2 impacted and had to have the gums cut first to get them out. Mine sound pretty lame because I've heard of people being doped up for weeks because their's hurt so much.
Mine I just chewed on the sutures and said f*** it.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 07:05 AM   #3
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Depends on how impacted they are, but they'll hurt like hell at least over the short term. It's worth it if they've been bothering you, though. Take care of the wounds and you'll heal right up. Keep the packing on for the first day. Drink lots of cool water, don't suck on straws or drink warm things. Stock up on yogurt, energy drinks, liquid diets, pure ice cream, and lots of fresh fruits you can blend into smoothies. You'll learn to hate that stuff after a while but it'll be great when you can't eat anything else. Keep your sockets clean for several weeks after that.

I had all four out this summer (older than I should have been). From what I read my experience seemed to be typical. The upper two weren't too bad, the lower two were partially imapcted in the bone, and the roots were hooked. I ended up in bed for a couple days. Took small amounts of Percoset for maybe 5 days, then ibuprofen for days after that. Real solid food took somewhere around 1-1.5 weeks.

Oh yeah, are your upper wisdom teeth weird at all? I'd have them done at the same time. Once you have it done once, you'll never want to have them do it again. And see about getting the surgeon to give you your party favors.

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Unread 10-12-2006, 07:25 AM   #4
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John , thanks for the pictures ! I was just about to eat breakfast
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Unread 10-12-2006, 08:01 AM   #5
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I had all four removed a couple years ago and used full anethesia. I went to sleep, woke up with gauze all in my mouth. No pain at all. Just had to relax the rest of the day. I actually slept most of it. The hardest part is thinking about it. When you are done, you'll see its not a big deal.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 08:16 AM   #6
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I had bottom two pulled a couple of years ago. Just local anethesia, watched and feeled the doc smacked each of my teeth to 4 pieces and pull them out.

Didn't hurt then, but after the injection wore off it hurted a bit (still nothing serious). Then from the second day on it's only sore till it healed.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 08:21 AM   #7
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Tell them you want Darvocet, because Vicodin makes you itch and keeps you from peeing.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 08:24 AM   #8
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I never used any pain killer afterwards, it's not that bad.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 08:30 AM   #9
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thats to much after i ate breakfast knowing im getting mine pulled soon
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Unread 10-12-2006, 08:39 AM   #10
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I never used any pain killer afterwards, it's not that bad.
I had mine done at 16 and it hurt like hell. My wife had hers done last year, at 25, and it didn't even phase her. I'm a puss I guess.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 08:47 AM   #11
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I had mine done at 16 and it hurt like hell. My wife had hers done last year, at 25, and it didn't even phase her. I'm a puss I guess.
Maybe surgery technique improved over the years and they now kill the nerve endings?
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Maybe surgery technique improved over the years and they now kill the nerve endings?
Could be. I know the surgeon went nuts with his cauterizing machine, because I could still smell the burnt flesh when I came to later that night. Maybe they're just easier to get to later on in life.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 09:25 AM   #13
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When I got my bottom two pulled, I woke up with the surgeon's bloody hands in my mouth. I couldn't feel any pain, but I felt crunching in my lower jaw. I still need to get the top ones out. Not looking forward to it.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 09:37 AM   #14
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I had all 4 yanked while I was outprocessing the AF. I didn't have any problems, but everyone is different. Be careful not to suck on straws until your wounds heal. You can get dry socket and I hear it's painful. I think it's where you suck the scabs off of the wounds and they can no longer clot properly.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:15 AM   #15
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I had mine done a while back. When I woke up I saw the DR. and nurse putting their clothes back on. No, wait. That was Seinfeld.

Anyway I was told as a youngster that its best to get them done when they first appear in x-rays. I guess they just open the gum and lift them out. Much easier than later when they've fused to the jawbones.
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