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I am so scared. Years ago (when I got my braces) I was told that I needed all of my wisdom teeth taken out because they where impacted. Well, these past few days the teeth in front of one have been killing me. I do not want to go to the dentist but, I think I have to. My husband says when they do it they will knock me out and give me drugs after. I am not a wuss but, I am so scared. I have never even had a cavity (I think I have a couple now also). I need to hear peoples experiences with this negative or positive. Thank you!
 

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I just went to the orthodontist yesterday (I got my braces off in March) and he said that I'll have to get all my wisdom teeth removed this summer. I'm not very scared because my friend had it done and it only slightly hurts for a day after the surgery. She thought that it wasn't a big deal. I'm looking forward to eating all the soy ice cream that I can get my hands on! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 

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I had a very positive experience having my wisdom teeth extracted. Severe pain lasted only for a few hours, later in the day. Started about 6 hours after the operation and lasted about 8 hours. I took tylenol w codeine #4, 2 or 3 tabs, and that, along with apirin, handled about 2/3 to 3/4 of the pain. Wasn't all that bad. I had zero swelling. The wasp sting i got to my face, under my eye, was much much worse than having a tooth extracted. I had huge swelling from that, and several days of pain that wasn't helped much by tylenol with codeine and aspirin.<br><br><br><br>
Next day I took plain aspirin as needed. After about 3 or 4 days I was able to eat fairly normally again, just being careful not to get food in the extraction area, when chewing.<br><br><br><br>
Hurts more to have more than one at a time. I had one at a time.<br><br><br><br>
The operation itself was practically painless. Not even the needle hurt -- got a topical anesthetic first. Felt pressure, pressure, pressure, but not really pain, as the dentist pried the tooth out, the boom it was out. No pain.<br><br><br><br>
Afterwards, years and years of nagging low-level pain, that I had had in each tooth, was finally gone.<br><br><br><br>
Yes I had orthodontia, which is why I may have needed the extractions, since moving my teeth back left inadequate room for the wisdom teeth to come in.
 

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I have had all my wisdom teeth pulled. It beats the constant pain. A dentist won't knock you out, but a dental surgeon will. If the teeth are completely erupted they can just pull them. Less expense, but if they have to cut or excavate, I suggest the dental surgeon.
 

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One or more of mine needed to be excavated first. But all were done by a general dentist. One broke and he had to spend 45 minutes picking out little pieces of root with a special puller. But I had no more post-op pain from that one, than from the others.<br><br><br><br>
Local anesthetic was quite adequate. The pain is afterwards, not during. I experienced it as "good" pain because I sensed that it was a sign that the constant low-level pain was finally gone.
 

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Just make sure you find a <b>good dentist</b>. There is a big difference between individual dentists.<br><br><br><br>
An oral surgeon would have cost me about $600 I think; general dentist I think charged $120.
 

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I got all four of mine out at once. I went to an oral surgeon. They put me under and it was no big deal really. I don't think I even had any swelling afterwards. Besides, it's better to go through a temporary inconvenience than to have lots of trouble in the future.
 

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What is predicted to be a simple extraction could turn into a complicated extraction. that is why it may be better to go to an oral surgeon to begin with.<br><br><br><br>
I mean, for example, the dentist may find when he pulls an upper, that he's yanked out a big piece of bone along with the tooth and left a hole into your maxiallary sinus. A small hole may close over by itself, but if it is a large hole you may want an oral surgeon who can do a bone graft right away, instead of havng to go to an oral surgeon the next day, and end up having 2 operations, when if you went to an oral surgeon to begin with, you would have needed only one operation.
 

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You are better off, in my opinion, <b>not</b> being knocked out with drugs -- if you want to avoid post-operative pain. General anesthetics may make the discomfort during the operation slightly less, but they will make the post-operative pain and discomfort a lot worse.
 

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My experience with orthdontia was very negative. My face looks worse than it did before. I probably wouldn't have needed my wisdoms extracted if I didn't have orthodontia. My bite is real bad, and was fine before they started. They though I looked better, but I thought I looked worse. And my chewing ability was definitly degraded.<br><br><br><br>
I think except in extreme cases of bad bite where chewing is impaired, and teeth are at really awful, and abnormal angles, it is best to avoid orthodontia.
 

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I'm 27 and I had my wisdom teeth taken out last october - I'd heard it was bad when you were out of your teens.<br><br><br><br>
Not at all! They gave me some vanilla-scented gas to inhale (feeel soooo goooood....) and gave me night-night drops though an IV.<br><br><br><br>
Next thing I knew, I was feeling the assistant take the heart-monitoring thingies off my chest and was telling me I was all done. I sat in the back room for a while then my hubby drove me home.<br><br><br><br>
I wasn't that swollen (and that's saying something, for a swede with a big head & chubby cheeks!), and I got vicodin for the pain. Not a problem at all.<br><br><br><br>
I went to an oral surgeon. It was spendy (can't remember how much, but I think close to $2000) but my mouth healed well - no dry socket and no pain that couldn't be cured by pills...<br><br><br><br>
good luck, but you won't need it! just go to an oral surgeon like soilman says and it'll be a breeze.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
amy<br><br><br><br>
PS - I had one taken out w/local anesthesia & it was ok. but it was almost fully grown in. My other 3 were impacted & I had to "go under" for that. But I didn't have any problems as soilman suggested might occur.
 

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it's easy, with almost no pain afterward in my experience plus you get hydrocodone or good pills at any rate for the aftermath. But I saved mine and used them properly, not for pain...that's what herb is for.
 

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Thank you all for the posts!
 

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I had to get all four of my wisdom teeth out when I was about 15. I went to the dentist, they put me to sleep (which was a weird experience, I passed out right away)...I woke up and I felt like hell. My cheeks were PUFFY. I looked like a chipmunk. And I felt very naucious and I threw up throughout the day, why? Because I ate something that morning which was NOT a good idea.<br><br><br><br>
For about a week or two I had bruising on the sides of my cheeks, but it wasn't that noticeable.<br><br><br><br>
I think if you need to have your wisdom teeth out, you should do it. I don't regret it at all-and I am glad I did it.<br><br><br><br>
But people sometimes have different experiences. Some don't even get puffiness and they don't have really any problems with the operation afterward. I guess I was unlucky!
 

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i've had all 4 out but at different times. 1 by an oral surgeon and the other 3 by dentists and did not notice that much of a difference between them. i had my last 2 (both upper) pulled last thursday by a dentist w/just local anesthetic. i used the pain meds once the first day and have had no pain. he did suture the one side but that didn't hurt either....more of an annoyance than anything else
 

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When I had to get my wisdom teeth out, I was terrified because everyone felt compelled to share their horrer stories with me. But it was the easiest thing I have ever had done - even better than getting a cavity filled. I went to an oral surgeon and I was knocked out during the procedure. Three of mine were in and one was just under my gums so the whole procedure took about 25 minutes. I had minimal swelling and not too much pain. I was only on the pain meds for a day. The worst part for me was not being able to eat the day of the procedure and then after I could only eat jello (before I was veg), mashed potatoes and soup. By the third day, I was hungry and cranky. But overall the whole procedure was no big deal. Good Luck!!
 

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i need mine out, i can't afford it though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> they're so tight against my back molars that one has a huge cavity in it now (molar) which is making it difficult to chew sometimes, anything sweet hurts so bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
anyway my bf had his out a few years back, i went to see him after, he slept most of the day and the bleeding wouldn't stop at first, but once the grogginess was gone he was ok. a little swollen but that's about it.<br><br><br><br>
i know if/when i get mine done i'll be bruised, i always bruise.
 

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okay, as someone who has had dental work their whole life, PLEASE consider this advice.<br><br><br><br>
Don't try to get General Anaesthesia. Go for the nitrous!!<br><br><br><br>
General is dangerous, you can't eat ahead of time, and its kind of unpleasant in my opinion.<br><br><br><br>
If they give you nitrous you simply won't care what they do to you. I find it simply enjoyable at times. They can give you the nitrous before they give you any local anaesthetic even....and then you won't care about that either.<br><br><br><br>
I promise its the best way to go. I've done both. You basically will just feel euphoric and on cloud 9, and many times will feel that you are not anywhere in the room where the surgery is going on. So you needed worry about being awake....you really aren't "awake." and you can eat and drink, and you aren't risking your life by going "under" unneccessarily.<br><br>
XOXO<br><br>
Beth
 

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btw, I have two dental implants and had 3 root canals every 3 months for 3 years when I was younger. also had the wisdom teeth pulled, cavities, crowns, etc. in case my experience with dentists is of interest to you in making the decision.<br><br>
XOXO<br><br>
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in reading all these posts, Im surprised at the number of you that went under general anaesthesia. statistically, its higher than normal.<br><br><br><br>
why pass up all the fun of nitrous and feel crappier afterward for no reason? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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