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NFT: Wisdom teeth removal at age 32: What can I expect?

Mike in Long Beach : 4/18/2017 1:33 pm
I'm getting 2 Wisdom teeth removed either Friday or Monday. I hear doing so as an adult can be a more painful experience. Anyone gone through this in their late 20's or later?
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theking : 4/18/2017 1:36 pm : link
It's not that bad, I had all four at once and it didn't hurt.
Get gassed.  
x meadowlander : 4/18/2017 1:37 pm : link
They could take your entire jaw and you wouldn't care.

I had 4 out in one shot. No big deal. A little achy for a couple of days. Really, the worst of it was waiting for the stitches to dissolve. Uncomfortable and annoying.
had all 4 done when i was  
UConn4523 : 4/18/2017 1:37 pm : link
around 19 I believe. Didn't even need the pain killers. Everyone is different though but its really nothing more than being really sore in my experience. Eating no solids for 5 days or whatever it was was a bigger pain in the ass.
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Chris in Philly : 4/18/2017 1:37 pm : link
Got them removed last year at the age of 31  
tbonfig : 4/18/2017 1:37 pm : link
Got 4 removed at the same time without being knocked out.

Ho-lee-shit. One of the worst experiences of my life. Apparently I have deep roots and it made pulling the teeth so much harder. He had to crack each one of them.

Worst part for me was the pure barbaric concept of this guy literally having to hanker down, use all his strength, and rip something out of my body.

Hope your experience is better!!
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Jim in Fairfax : 4/18/2017 1:38 pm : link
Recommend at least  
Earl the goat : 4/18/2017 1:38 pm : link
3 days of recovery especially if they are surgically removed
Please don't smoke if you are a smoker. You will get a dry socket and be miserable

Ask the oral surgeon about possible parasthesia if the roots are near the nerve

Lots of ice and anti inflammatory meds. Percocet if necessary

Eat and drink. Do not take meds on empty stomach
I had 2 at age 65...you will be fine  
Rick in Dallas : 4/18/2017 1:38 pm : link
Pain mess and ice packs the first couple of days...
My one  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/18/2017 1:41 pm : link
"Silver lining," if there is one, is right now I'm in god awful pain as I have a cavity in one of the two teeth. It's absolutely awful. So my hope is that even if there is pain, it'll still be an improvement.
Get a good oral surgeon and you're all set.  
Ryan in Albany : 4/18/2017 1:43 pm : link
Had all 4 out at once in late 30's...not a big deal at all.
Drugs and Netflix  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 4/18/2017 1:44 pm : link
It's not that bad. You wake up after surgery all loopy. Take the Vicodin as needed and just relax. Gause for the bleeding, but its not that bad.
had mine out in two separate operations  
redbeard : 4/18/2017 1:46 pm : link
when I was 23 and 24. Was a breeze for me. Needed the pain meds just the first night and then I got along fine with just advil and tylenol.

Great excuse to eat nothing but ice cream for days on end
I know I need it according to my dentist  
Mike in NY : 4/18/2017 1:51 pm : link
But trying to put off as long as possible. Although I have plenty of room in my mouth, the issue is that because of the way my teeth are eventually they will get cavities because of how deep some of the grooves are that it is impossible for dental equipment to get everything.
Why not just get all 4 done at once?  
figgy2989 : 4/18/2017 1:54 pm : link
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RE: Why not just get all 4 done at once?  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/18/2017 1:56 pm : link
In comment 13432757 figgy2989 said:
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I'm broke.
RE: My one  
UConn4523 : 4/18/2017 1:56 pm : link
In comment 13432731 Mike in Long Beach said:
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"Silver lining," if there is one, is right now I'm in god awful pain as I have a cavity in one of the two teeth. It's absolutely awful. So my hope is that even if there is pain, it'll still be an improvement.


It should because there will be no more nerve. Your pain will be soreness and not stabbing, shocking pain you get from a bad cavity.
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Mike in Long Beach : 4/18/2017 1:57 pm : link
In comment 13432764 UConn4523 said:
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In comment 13432731 Mike in Long Beach said:


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"Silver lining," if there is one, is right now I'm in god awful pain as I have a cavity in one of the two teeth. It's absolutely awful. So my hope is that even if there is pain, it'll still be an improvement.



It should because there will be no more nerve. Your pain will be soreness and not stabbing, shocking pain you get from a bad cavity.


That's somewhat comforting then.

Thank you.
RE: RE: Why not just get all 4 done at once?  
figgy2989 : 4/18/2017 1:59 pm : link
In comment 13432763 Mike in Long Beach said:
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I'm broke.


Understood, but if you can find a way to swing it, I would recommend all at once. If you only get two out, you will not want to go through it again. As others have mentioned, ask for tons of Novocain and get gassed.
My experience was a bit different...  
mstyles22.0 : 4/18/2017 2:20 pm : link
Getting gassed will still potentially result in your feeling like complete garbage when you wake up from the surgery and possibly nauseated. The last thing you're going to want to do is puke with all of that gauze and stitches.

It's not for everyone, but I'd look into going the intravenous route. You'll be "awake" but as crazy as the sounds, won't care when you hear your teeth cracking and getting pulled out of you jaw. It was pretty surreal actually and I was in and out of sleep during the whole process.

Plus, I felt fine afterwards. A few 800MG motrin's for a few days should suffice, but I'm sure the doc will give you some perocet or Vicodin if the pain gets really bad. Do yourself a favor (and this isn't an anti-drug PSA) but do not take the stronger meds unless you really, really need it.

FWIW - I had veneers put in last summer (35 at the time) 10 top, 10 bottom. The procedure was just done with novacane, took 3.5 hours and was 100x worse than getting my wisdom teeth out. When they pulled off the temps to put on the permanent ones I literally blacked out from the pain. 20 exposed nerves at once. Bad times.

Anyway, there's my two pennies. Good luck!
Had 2 pulled at 16  
mrvax : 4/18/2017 2:21 pm : link
and it was painful for a few days. Had another 2 yanked at about 35 and had very little pain over the next days. Knocked out both times.
depends on how they come out  
Greg from LI : 4/18/2017 2:24 pm : link
Mine were pretty impacted and had to be broken up into pieces to get them out. Bled like crazy for several days and hurt like hell for a few more after that.
had 4 pulled as an adult  
J : 4/18/2017 2:26 pm : link
2 years ago

the bottom left of my mouth is still numb... it tingles when touched, or when i scrape my teeth or tongue against it

it's improved a little, but still sucks there's a long-term effect

YMMV obviously, my regular dentist mentioned that the surgeon probably damaged a nerve
also a tip  
J : 4/18/2017 2:28 pm : link
see if you can get a baby medicine applicator/syringe

this is useful for shooting streams of water to clean the wounds after eating
Since you're a giant gaping vag  
B in ALB : 4/18/2017 2:36 pm : link
you can expect to be in extreme pain and discomfort. And i'm sure you'll cry about it while holding your sports dolls.

Best of luck!
It is not bad  
Vanzetti : 4/18/2017 2:38 pm : link
The thought of it is kind of gross. But I did not find the pain that bad afterwards. Nothing that some pain meds couldn't cure. Gums also heal very fast.

The anticipation of it is anxiety producing. But the actual procedure and recovery is not that bad.

Just get through it and you will be glad it is over.
I got mine out when I was 25 or so.  
arcarsenal : 4/18/2017 2:43 pm : link
Not going to lie - it kind of sucked for the first couple days. It doesn't feel good. It also depends on the person and what the teeth are like.

It's not that bad, though.
Get a few straws to drink through  
BigBlue in Keys : 4/18/2017 3:24 pm : link
And keep changing the gauze.

Funny bit about telling 2 wisdom tooth stories. Something to watch and occupy your downtime.
Brian Regan - 2 Wisdom teeth - ( New Window )
RE: My experience was a bit different...  
x meadowlander : 4/18/2017 4:07 pm : link
In comment 13432830 mstyles22.0 said:
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Getting gassed will still potentially result in your feeling like complete garbage when you wake up from the surgery and possibly nauseated. The last thing you're going to want to do is puke with all of that gauze and stitches.

wait, what? Nitrous has NO after effects. 10 minutes after, I was clear headed as when I walked in.
RE: Get a few straws to drink through  
J : 4/18/2017 4:17 pm : link
In comment 13432988 BigBlue in Keys said:
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And keep changing the gauze.

Funny bit about telling 2 wisdom tooth stories. Something to watch and occupy your downtime. Brian Regan - 2 Wisdom teeth - ( New Window )


my surgeon specifically said not to use straws the first couple of days
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Mike in Long Beach : 4/18/2017 4:18 pm : link
In comment 13433093 J said:
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In comment 13432988 BigBlue in Keys said:


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And keep changing the gauze.

Funny bit about telling 2 wisdom tooth stories. Something to watch and occupy your downtime. Brian Regan - 2 Wisdom teeth - ( New Window )



my surgeon specifically said not to use straws the first couple of days


I'm hearing no straws, as well.
expect one of these but smaller  
idiotsavant : 4/18/2017 4:35 pm : link
RE: Recommend at least  
OC2.0 : 4/18/2017 4:44 pm : link
In comment 13432721 Earl the goat said:
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3 days of recovery especially if they are surgically removed
Please don't smoke if you are a smoker. You will get a dry socket and be miserable

Ask the oral surgeon about possible parasthesia if the roots are near the nerve

Lots of ice and anti inflammatory meds. Percocet if necessary

Eat and drink. Do not take meds on empty stomach


Amen to that. I made that mistake too. Worse than getting them pulled.
definitely no straws  
UConn4523 : 4/18/2017 4:49 pm : link
the suction needed can rip our your stitches.

Just eat mashed potatoes, ice cream, and smoothies by spoon.
Similar to tbon I was 32 and stayed awake  
j_rud : 4/18/2017 4:52 pm : link
I have a fear of aenesthesia and am afraid of being put under. Had to do a little searching for an oral surgeon that would do it while I was awake, the first few said they wouldn't do it. I had all 4 done at once and honestly, it wasn't bad. I was looped from the nitrous and had my ipod, I may have well been on another planet. The whole thing just didn't bother me, even though the roots were big and a few times my head was being torqued pretty hard. Really, the worst part was the needle. He hit a spot on the roof of my mouth that was sore to the touch for a solid 6 weeks afterward. Other than that though, it was a pretty easy experience. I think the nitrous made all the difference. I didn't have that awful post-anesthesia feeling, and I just didn't care while they were doing it.
Trick is don't suck like you would a regular straw.  
BigBlue in Keys : 4/18/2017 5:08 pm : link
Got to put the straw to the back of your mouth. Hold it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue and then swallow. At least it worked for me, I was barely able to open mouth after having all 4 out.
Opioids!  
trueblueinpw : 4/18/2017 5:21 pm : link
You're probably too old to get hooked so take a bunch and fire up the idiot box. I'd also ask for xanix to take on the way in, I can't even get a filing without that stuff. I'm the biggest wuss ever when it comes to the dentist. Biggest wuss ever. No idea how people managed in olde times. Good luck man. Good luck!
What timing!  
lugnut : 4/18/2017 6:10 pm : link
Just got out of the dentist chair 2 hrs ago. Had 3 out all in a row (not wisdom), novocaine starting to wear off. Oxycodone and I will become buds. Actual extraction not that bad. Doesn't hurt, but the sound... Go for the nitrous too.
both my older teen agers just had them out  
giant24 : 4/18/2017 6:25 pm : link
my son had deep roots and had a lot of pain. they have Novocain type patches that they put directly on the wounded area and it numbs the pain for a couple of days. worked wonders for my son's pain.
This fucking sucks.  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/21/2017 1:30 pm : link
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My advice to you...  
BMac : 4/21/2017 1:40 pm : link
...is to start drinking heavily.
I know what the problem was  
Greg from LI : 4/21/2017 1:42 pm : link
You went to this guy, didn't you?

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arcarsenal : 4/21/2017 1:45 pm : link
I didn't go the anesthesia route, either.. they just gave me the gas and it felt like the process lasted 15 seconds. I vaguely remembered the crunching and cracking sounds of them yanking them out but couldn't feel a thing and was way too loopy to react to it.

By the time I walked out, I felt totally normal aside from the blood-soaked gauze in my mouth.
You will be knocked out  
Keith : 4/21/2017 1:47 pm : link
and when you wake, you will be somewhat delusional. You may wake up thinking the Islanders are in the playoffs, but they aren't. You may wake up thinking that the Islanders didn't have an extremely disappointing season this year, but that's not true. The Islanders were not good and they were very disappointing and just to be clear....they are NOT in the playoffs.
Mike if I remember correctly  
DennyInDenville : 4/21/2017 1:49 pm : link
You said a while back you've never had a prescription in your lifetime?

You gonna break that streak? Get 5-10 of the goodies they might offer?

Anyway, I'm around your age and still have mine, but fear they may need to come out (discomfort for 2 weeks, every 8-10 months past 5/6 years)

I'm so scared to just get it done with.

Also I can't imagine not being able to have a cigarette after  
DennyInDenville : 4/21/2017 1:50 pm : link
For 2-3 days.. that's insane

Or even pot..
RE: Got them removed last year at the age of 31  
Rick in Annapolis : 4/21/2017 2:26 pm : link
In comment 13432719 tbonfig said:
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Worst part for me was the pure barbaric concept of this guy literally having to hanker down, use all his strength, and rip something out of my body.

Hope your experience is better!!


I recall the same. For me, after the novicane was administered, there was little to no pain. But i recall being amazed at the amount of force being used, as well as crunching and cracking sounds, while simultaneously being numb. The whole thing just seemed wrong and I knew my entire jaw would be sore for a week after.

So not painful but certainly uncomfortable.
RE: Mike if I remember correctly  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/21/2017 3:02 pm : link
In comment 13437468 DennyInDenville said:
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You said a while back you've never had a prescription in your lifetime?

You gonna break that streak? Get 5-10 of the goodies they might offer?

Anyway, I'm around your age and still have mine, but fear they may need to come out (discomfort for 2 weeks, every 8-10 months past 5/6 years)

I'm so scared to just get it done with.


Ha, I actually broke the streak a month ago. It comes in bunches. Got an adderall prescription in March after years of staring into space at school and work, and now yeah, got a little Codeine which is finally kicking in a little.
RE: You will be knocked out  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/21/2017 3:03 pm : link
In comment 13437461 Keith said:
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and when you wake, you will be somewhat delusional. You may wake up thinking the Islanders are in the playoffs, but they aren't. You may wake up thinking that the Islanders didn't have an extremely disappointing season this year, but that's not true. The Islanders were not good and they were very disappointing and just to be clear....they are NOT in the playoffs.


94 points isn't "not good"

But... yeah :(
RE: My advice to you...  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/21/2017 3:03 pm : link
In comment 13437445 BMac said:
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...is to start drinking heavily.


I was wondering about this. I have a birthday party tomorrow and they say you can't drink for 24 hours... it'll be 26 hours at that point. Bottoms up.
And for the 4th post in a row.  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/21/2017 3:05 pm : link
Hate to say it Danny, but that's the experience I've had. I finally bit the bullet, pun intended, this time because I had a cavity in the bad tooth, too. On top of that there was one of those infected cysts next to the tooth. That was a lovely $285 out-of-pocket.
When can I have a beer?  
Mike in Long Beach : 4/21/2017 3:43 pm : link
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RE: When can I have a beer?  
BMac : 4/21/2017 8:56 pm : link
In comment 13437715 Mike in Long Beach said:
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As soon as you get home; chase it with some Scotch. Damn the torpedos!
Had all 4 taken out 25 years ago  
ChathamMark : 4/21/2017 9:16 pm : link
Was knocked out. Went home and took a nap. Woke up and took a percocet and threw back a Coors Light. Well, nap time again...
I got mine done at around 40...  
EricJ : 4/21/2017 9:21 pm : link
drove myself home and put in a full day's work
RE: Got them removed last year at the age of 31  
djm : 4/21/2017 9:46 pm : link
In comment 13432719 tbonfig said:
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Got 4 removed at the same time without being knocked out.

Ho-lee-shit. One of the worst experiences of my life. Apparently I have deep roots and it made pulling the teeth so much harder. He had to crack each one of them.

Worst part for me was the pure barbaric concept of this guy literally having to hanker down, use all his strength, and rip something out of my body.

Hope your experience is better!!


That was how it went for me too when I got my first two removed-- top and bottom left side with the bottom one being a real bitch. Few years later did the right side and it was a little better. In both cases one of them was impacted. Not cool.
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