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#1 ers77

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:16 PM

Just wondering about different peoples experiences and recovery after they had their wisdom teeth removal.
I’m getting mine taken out in few months but it is pretty complex case as my teeth are laying horizontal and very cramped so they may have to take out some bone as well (Sorry TMI). Very scared ahhh!
Anyway I’m getting them out at the clinic under sedation-any tips on recovery?
TIA


#2 Changes

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:20 PM

I had mine under GA in a hospital  No issues whatsoever with recovery.  

Had it done on a Thursday was at work on the Monday.

#3 la di dah

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

I had mine out in basic training - I was awake the whole time. I slept for two days and was allowed extra time to eat instead of the standard 10 min. meals. Soft food for awhile, loved mousse cups.

If I could have slept in my own bed without the noise of instructors screaming at people it would have been easy.

Use a towel/pillowcase on your bed that you want to throw away after, you will drool blood in your sleep.

#4 ers77

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:28 PM


Haha lovely cant wait to swollen. Thank you for the advice. I wanted to get them out under GA but wait is too long and expensive.

#5 tle

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:35 PM

I had mine done under "twilight sedation" at the dental clinic. I had no problems with recovery, had them out on Friday and was back at work on Monday (though could have gone Saturday if I had to). Mine were horizontal too but I had no pain from them (only getting them out prior to adult braces) and I only had the top 2. For some reason I never got my bottom wisdom teeth (not uncommon).

For me the worst part was just the noise they make as they crush them up to get them out. I had no pain during the procedure but I hadn't prepared myself for the noise which was a little unsettling.

#6 la di dah

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

I just had Novocaine, fully awake, no twilight, no gas. And the Novocaine didn't completely work.

#7 ers77

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:40 PM

QUOTE (tle @ 22/01/2013, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had mine done under "twilight sedation" at the dental clinic. I had no problems with recovery, had them out on Friday and was back at work on Monday (though could have gone Saturday if I had to). Mine were horizontal too but I had no pain from them (only getting them out prior to adult braces) and I only had the top 2. For some reason I never got my bottom wisdom teeth (not uncommon).

For me the worst part was just the noise they make as they crush them up to get them out. I had no pain during the procedure but I hadn't prepared myself for the noise which was a little unsettling.



Thanks for the reply. I'm getting sedated through IV aswell but apparently I will be asleep and wont remember it. So i hope I dont hear that noise because thats what I'm afraid of. Not the pain but the noises of the drills etc freaks me out! I want no memory of it biggrin.gif

Edited by ers77, 22 January 2013 - 11:41 PM.


#8 kpingitquiet

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:41 PM

I lived on room-temperature apple juice and chicken broth for about three days. My sedation failed and I swallowed a lot of blood, too, so my recovery was not great.

But, most people do fine! I just had a crap experience.

#9 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:47 PM

It took me about a week to recover. The first two days were the worst. Take the painkillers you are prescribed, around the clock for the first 24-48 hours. Trust me, you DO not want to pain to reach an uncomfortable level. Keep up the ice to the area for 48 hours and sleep with your head elevated to help reduce the swelling.

#10 Leafprincess

Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:48 PM

I had mine out in a hospital with a maxofacial surgeon & dentist because mine was also growing at a weird angle towards nerves that control certain parts of the face.

Anyhoo, it was about three days of drug haze, ice packs and sloppy food.

Then about two weeks of tenderness, I was told if you get it done in hospital under GA they really get in there hence the longer recovery time. That in a clinic under light sedation they are more gentle.

Tips

You will drool- alot
Ice blocks will be your friend, make some with just water in advance
Dissolvable (sp) panadol is gold. I would sip a little swoosh in mouth before swallowing



#11 Cheryl_v

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:42 AM

I had mine out a few years back and I didn't have a bad recovery.  What I wished I had known though was about waking up having drooled blood like la di dah mentioned, and that there is a hole left where the tooth was which catches food.  TMI - My holes lasted at least 2 weeks and the shape meant that swishing water around wasn't enough to get the food out so I had to find something to kind of poke around in there, but regular toothpicks are too pointy so I had to find those older style ones with the rounded ends.

#12 PrincessPeach

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

QUOTE (Leafprincess @ 22/01/2013, 11:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had mine out in a hospital with a maxofacial surgeon & dentist because mine was also growing at a weird angle towards nerves that control certain parts of the face.

Anyhoo, it was about three days of drug haze, ice packs and sloppy food.

Then about two weeks of tenderness, I was told if you get it done in hospital under GA they really get in there hence the longer recovery time. That in a clinic under light sedation they are more gentle.

Tips

You will drool- alot
Ice blocks will be your friend, make some with just water in advance
Dissolvable (sp) panadol is gold. I would sip a little swoosh in mouth before swallowing


I had mine taken out the exact same way. However never drooled blood at all & was up & about the next day relatively fine.

Ice-packs will be your very best friend - keep them on for the first 24 - 48 hours & it will help reduce the amount of swelling. I had quite a large bruise on my face for a good 2 weeks though.

Also make sure you rinse your mouth after every meal with warm salty water - it aids wound healing.

#13 Excentrique Feral

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

Mine were also sideways and under the gum and bone as well i think, just the bottom ones. The top were through the gum.

I had them all removed under a general. I felt great after and didn't swell up for almost 2 days. No pain at all until the second morning and it was quite minor discomfort, just hard to move the mouth around to eat really. I only had pain after eating lol. The worst part of the whole thing was the excruciating headache I got from having my head pulled around during it and sleeping in odd upright positions afterwards. So look after your neck!  wink.gif

eta- I couldn't open my mouth very wide to start with so no iceblocks here but I did find cold very soothing. My best tip is to buy a container of ensure (like formula for adults) make it up and keep it in the fridge. Its very hard being starving hungry and unable to eat anything filling, so being able to drink my dinner after I got to sore from trying to chew was great.

Edited by Excentrique, 23 January 2013 - 08:57 AM.


#14 imamumto3

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:00 AM

I had one done years ago that was really easy and was fine straight after.

the one I had last year, was horrible.  it was really hard to pull out, so it took two hours of pulling.  the recovery was horrible.  I almost fainted on the way home and then had to lie down with an ice pack for the next two days.  nurofen, panadol or panadine forte every 4 hours for about 2 weeks and then panadol or nurofen as required for the next 2 weeks.  I could barely eat, but on the upside I lost a couple of kgs!

so,  I think it's really hard to predict how you are going to be afterwards

#15 luluandjake

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:02 AM

I had all 4 wisdoms out at the same time as having my lower jaw brought forward.. The recovery for the wisdoms was fine, just a few days of discomfort. The jaw bit obviously hurt more and I was on painkillers for that. I was in hospital for 2 nights but felt fine once home. My fiancé had his out last year in hospital at lunch time and home by 8pm.. He was fine within 36 hours.

#16 rosie28

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

I had mine out under GA, and two of them were chipped out piece by piece - quite a complex case apparently. It took me 9 days to properly recover, I got an infection which slowed things down, and the swelling was awful on the side they had to chip away at.

2 years later a chip of tooth emerged from the gum where one of my wisdom teeth was - that's apparently not uncommon, but it freaked me out and hurt quite a bit!

If I can offer any advice it would be this - ice. Keep your face iced for th first two days to help with the swelling. Eat soft warm food, take the painkillers on schedule, not when you're in pain and take your antibiotics (I did and STILL ended up with an infection!). Rinse with warm salt water often. And use the opportunity to eat a lot of custard and chocolate mousse!

#17 Logical nonsense

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

I have had 2 out of 4 taken out, I think it does depend how is doing it.
The first one I had no problems with except the 1 week on antibiotics to clear the infection (I couldn't open my mouth so lived on hot chocolate for 3 days) till the emergency dental hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland opened.
Once out was back at work 2 days later & no problems.

The bottom on I had problems with, had to beg the NHS dentist to pull it so it didn't become infected like the top one. He injected so much of the numbing thing my hart raced & I felt like I was going to faint.
Once out it didn't heal well I got air into the bone & it was like shine splints for 2 weeks, they could do nothing except to tell me to take pain killers. Thanks  

I eat soup & baby food for 2 days after both of them but with the second I kept the soft food for a week, as I was in so much pain.

#18 Iliketoflounce

Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

I had mine out last year under GA at the hospital woke up and was in so much pain as they had to take a bit of bone. Recovery was ok. I had maccas that night then the next day my mouth was so swollen I couldnt open it. I got an infection after it had healed

#19 Leggy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

Mine wasn't pleasant. I had it done in the clinic, wide awake. There was no pain during the procedure but it was kicking in by the time I got home.

I wish I'd known about keeping my face iced ahead of time!

Other than that, as PPs said take your pain meds on time for the first 48 hours whether you're in pain or not. If you let it get to the stage where it's hurting then they don't seem to work very well.

Pre-prep custards, smoothies, mouse, mashed soft food.

I couldn't sleep the first night and ended up sitting up watching the lifestyle channel and spitting into a bowl because it hurt to swallow, so you might want to have a few DVDs laid by.

However, after 2 days the pain had faded to practically nothing. I was still taking it easy and getting extra sleep but I could get around and do things just fine.

My jaw locked up quite severely and I couldn't get anything more than about 0.5cm wide in for a few days. It was still not opening all the way 2 weeks later when I went O/S. After that I was too busy to pay attention to it so I couldn't tell you when it was finally opening all the way again!

#20 PrincessPeach

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

Oh forgot one other point - I was told to ensure my head was never lower than my heart for the first 24 hours - and to sleep sitting propped up.

#21 laridae

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

I had mine out last year under a GA.
No pain afterwards (at all).  Minimal swelling, kept icepacks on for the first day or so.  

Whatever you do, don't suck the blood clots out out of the holes, and keep them clean otherwise though.

My face is still numb on the lower left side though...  unfortunate side effect of having the tooth too close to the nerve (they didn't end up taking it all out as it was wrapped around it).   Been over 6 months now...

#22 ers77

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:01 PM

Thanks for all the tips really appreciate it!

#23 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth out under sedation. Recovery was fine. I spent the first night on the couch watching movies to make sure that my head stayed up. The stitches/packing stuff in one did fall out early but it was fine.

#24 Genabee

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

I had mine out under a GA by a maxiofacial surgeon.

Mine were impacted and lying along nerves and growing into my sinuses. Fun times. I had to have them removed because they were causing other issues.

I took a week off work. I was fine for the first couple of days, but day 3 hit me like a truck. My advice is to start taking the panadeine forte straight away, don't wait until you are in pain.

Mine also got infected as one of my stitches came out. So that was a whole other level of pain. Not to mention, it meant I spent my first day back at work in tears due to the infection.

If you can get your hands on some anica cream, rub it into your face a couple of times a day to help with the swelling and bruising.

To be honest, I would rather give birth again (and I had a drug free, posterior, PP manual removal of placenta!), than ever have wisdom teeth removed. If by some cheek of the universe, mine grow back, I will stay wise!

I was branded 'fat chops' by the family!

#25 Kalota

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

I had all 4 extracted and they were all under my gums so it was a relatively large procedure.

In terms of how well I was feeling and pain management, I was fine the next day. However, I could not eat proper solids for a good week, and the "holes" where the teeth were took a while to close up and stop getting food stuck in them!

But I only took two days off work, I was fine.

When I had my tonsils out... Well that's another story! sad.gif




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