Jump to content

what can i expect from wisdom teeth removal **Updated Post 24**


  • Please log in to reply
22 replies to this topic

#1 Iliketoflounce

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:02 PM

Im on the waiting list for my four impacted wisdom teeth the dentist said i should have them out by the end of the year and i know it is day surgery i was wondering what happens and how much pain it is?

Edited by njs4dks, 01 May 2012 - 06:54 PM.


#2 Kristen_

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:10 PM

Hello, I had mine out a few years ago, they give you lots of pain killers and it's tricky to eat. I fainted from all the pain killers and not eating properly, just don't let the pain killers wear off. You will find the pain is like really bad aching! And it will hurt to chew properly for a while just avoid the back of your mouth whilst chewing.
I personally was pretty ugly recovered after 2 weeks but the wounds are sore for weeks if you hit them! Good luck

#3 kjl

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:21 PM

Hi,

I had my 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed several years ago.  The surgery itself wasn't too bad but I did find the recovery particularly uncomfortable.  The swelling was the most painful part for me.  I used a lot of ice to help ease the pain but it took 2 - 3 days for me to feel okay.  I am lucky never to have even had a filling before so this was pretty full-on for my first dental procedure (apart from annual clean/polish).  Best of luck.

PS It really is worth the pain though...so much better once they are gone.

Kymberly

#4 MiloandOtis

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:31 PM

I had 3 wisdom teeth out in 2010.  I went into hospital at 7am I think...went into surgery by 10am (I was the 3rd out of 4 patients).  

I remember having the stuff that puts you to sleep...then I remember the nurse waking me up original.gif  I felt sleepy as I 'come to it' and had ice packs strapped to my cheeks.  After a while I was given some ice cream and jelly and they had called my DH to come collect me by 1:30'ish.

The next few days were nothing like I expected!!  A little bit swollen and bit sore but all was fine!!

I had to live on things like instant pudding, jelly, ice cream etc for a couple of days as I wasn't aware you weren't allowed to eat hot things - so the batch of soup I made was useless!

Overall, it was nothing like everyone made it out to be original.gif

Good luck!

#5 ubermum

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

I was another one that breezed through it and I had all 4 out under a GA and only 1 was partially emerged through the gum. I didn't use painkillers the day after the procedure and only had trouble eating because of the swelling.

Once the swelling went down, I actually had to cut my stitches out with scissors because they didn't dissolve. It was like having a mouth full of loose string.

Oh and just know, when you have teeth removed you often have bad breath while it all heals. Try not to breathe on people.

#6 Iliketoflounce

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:45 PM

thanks everyone i have been really worried about it u have all put my mind at ease but would i need to take anything with me?

#7 Feral Fennel Salad

Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:39 PM

A few years back i had all my wisdom teeth out under a local (2 each time). I rwmember 2 were easy and 2 were hard with lots of yanking and pulling, cutting and drilling. ffear.gif  but no pain.

When i asked the dentist why i wasnt  referred to get all 4 out in one go under GA he said that in his opinon, if youre knocked out, the surgeon is less likely to be gentle (they can't see your cues) and recovery is lbonger.

Follow whatever after care advice you are given, dont skip pain meds and you'll be fine.

#8 babblefish

Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:47 PM

i had all four out under GA, and I took Bioflavanoids for a few days before and after  - they are a vitamin that helps with reducing the liklihood of swelling. i didn't have much. only one side of my face a little sore.

i slept half sitting for the first night because that also helps relieve swelling.

#9 Lady Excentrique

Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:58 PM

Its really not that bad, honestly original.gif I had mine out 6 days before christmas last year. I never found the pain bad at all. The most annoying part is food, trying to eat and when you can eat you keep getting food stuck in the holes!!!

The surgery itself was nothing, you only have a drip needle to worry about, which is not painful either. I woke up feeling pretty great actually, able to talk, in no pain at all. They give you some sort of needle that it like a long term local anaesthetic so i felt nothing until the next day, but it was not very painful. You face will feel huge though!

Tips:
Ice! Make sure you keep on icing your face, not only does it reduce swelling, its fanastic for relieving the pain.

Food: have plenty of pureed food on hand, a good variety, especially stuff that is actually filling (a tub of yoghurt may seem like a good idea but after you spend half an hour trying to eat it you will be cranky that you are even more hungry than before!). I recommend pureed pumpkin + beef + gravy. Yum! Don't push yourself to chew soft foods too soon, I personally think the mouth needs the rest from chewing. The jaw will feel like its bruised when you start trying to chew. And you get more food into yourself if you can just swallow it. Also buy some ensure/sustage or similar liquid food, keep it in the fridge as the chilled food is very soothing. This is ideal to have as food for the first 12hrs or so.

Towel on your pillow! You will drool blood the first night.

Make sure you have stacks of pillows, you will have to sleep upright for the first 2 nights at least, so make a comfy nest.

I didn't know this but you can actually get a special syringe for cleaning out your sockets, this is also handy for the ones that are impacted and stiched, once the stiches come out you will have holes open up, mine go so far back you could see bone, but thats ok, its not painful, and they do close up eventually! Mine have original.gif Its just a pain when food gets stuck in there. If you find your face starting to ache, its almost always because there is food stuck in there.

Rinse after every single meal to avoid infection and because food gets trapped and it can taste pretty bad if you don't.

Also you will spit blood for the first 12 hrs or so, its annoying and gross, but it does slow down eventually.

eta- you can't have hot food until the bleeding has stopped. I had my beef and chicken pureed meals luke warm.

Edited by mumof2andacat, 28 January 2012 - 08:01 PM.


#10 Iliketoflounce

Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:01 PM

for food as some of you have mentioned but will baby food be ok?

Edited by NadiaSurridge1991, 28 January 2012 - 08:03 PM.


#11 new~mum~reenie

Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:01 PM

I had 2 out in the chair and it took me a week to feel OK.

DH had 4 impacteds out and was digging up lawn in 30'c the next day.

Every one is different - but it's not as bad as I expected

#12 meggs10

Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:07 PM

I had my four wisdom teeth out under General Anesthetic. The next day I looked like someone had bashed me because my whole face was so bruised and very swollen. I was also very sick from the panadine fort pain killers so didn't much pain relief but after about five days I was feeling a lot better. And I got two paid weeks off work so that was a good bonus.

#13 Lady Excentrique

Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:18 PM

QUOTE (NadiaSurridge1991 @ 28/01/2012, 08:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
for food as some of you have mentioned but will baby food be ok?

Most would be but be careful, i got one of those porridgey type ones, not only was it gross, it had tiny bits in it. Tiny bits are your worst enemy, cause they get stuck!

#14 Iliketoflounce

Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

I got a date for the op it is next wednesday is it ok to be nervous. I don't think it is nervousness its more anxiety that i will get an infection and not be able to eat and end up in hospital

Edited by njs4dks, 27 March 2012 - 03:54 PM.


#15 Catolyn

Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:24 PM

Good luck. I wasn't able to eat anything solid for a week after I got mine out last year. I also had to be given Endone I was in so much pain but that is pretty unusual as far as these things go.

It's fine to be nervous, I actually had to be premedicated with valium before being put under because I was freaking out so bad.

#16 IVL

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:13 AM

Best of luck OP. I had mine out about 4 years ago. It was not bad at all. I had all 4 impacted teeth out under GA. I was so scared as I really don't like the dentist, but honestly after the frist day I didn't need to take anything stronger than a panadol. I also had no swelling or bruising and was eating normally by about the 3rd day. After the op it was a little a unpleasant but only because of the blood and dribble coming out of my mouth, they had packed my mouth with what looked like 2 giant tampons! I was also wrapped up in some ice bandages which I kept on religioulsy for the first 48 hrs.

Good luck, just follow the instructions to the letter and you will be fine.


#17 *bibs*

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:21 AM

I experienced a great deal of pain, discomfort and swelling after I had my bottom two removed under a general.  It took me at least a week to feel ok.

This was 10x more painful than my C/S.

In saying this it was the best thing I ever did.  

My top wisdom teeth have never erupted, apparently  they are behind the bone and will never come through. hands.gif

It is worth it in the end.

Edited by *bibs*, 03 April 2012 - 09:22 AM.


#18 PrincessPeach

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:27 AM

QUOTE (mumof2andacat @ 28/01/2012, 07:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Its really not that bad, honestly original.gif I had mine out 6 days before christmas last year. I never found the pain bad at all. The most annoying part is food, trying to eat and when you can eat you keep getting food stuck in the holes!!!

The surgery itself was nothing, you only have a drip needle to worry about, which is not painful either. I woke up feeling pretty great actually, able to talk, in no pain at all. They give you some sort of needle that it like a long term local anaesthetic so i felt nothing until the next day, but it was not very painful. You face will feel huge though!

Tips:
Ice! Make sure you keep on icing your face, not only does it reduce swelling, its fanastic for relieving the pain.

Food: have plenty of pureed food on hand, a good variety, especially stuff that is actually filling (a tub of yoghurt may seem like a good idea but after you spend half an hour trying to eat it you will be cranky that you are even more hungry than before!). I recommend pureed pumpkin + beef + gravy. Yum! Don't push yourself to chew soft foods too soon, I personally think the mouth needs the rest from chewing. The jaw will feel like its bruised when you start trying to chew. And you get more food into yourself if you can just swallow it. Also buy some ensure/sustage or similar liquid food, keep it in the fridge as the chilled food is very soothing. This is ideal to have as food for the first 12hrs or so.

Towel on your pillow! You will drool blood the first night.

Make sure you have stacks of pillows, you will have to sleep upright for the first 2 nights at least, so make a comfy nest.

I didn't know this but you can actually get a special syringe for cleaning out your sockets, this is also handy for the ones that are impacted and stiched, once the stiches come out you will have holes open up, mine go so far back you could see bone, but thats ok, its not painful, and they do close up eventually! Mine have original.gif Its just a pain when food gets stuck in there. If you find your face starting to ache, its almost always because there is food stuck in there.

Rinse after every single meal to avoid infection and because food gets trapped and it can taste pretty bad if you don't.

Also you will spit blood for the first 12 hrs or so, its annoying and gross, but it does slow down eventually.

eta- you can't have hot food until the bleeding has stopped. I had my beef and chicken pureed meals luke warm.



Think this says it all.

However i had mine out on the Tuesday afternoon & I was perfectly fine by Saturday - including eating almost normal (just a bit slower).

The ice-packs are the big key - you need to have them on your face for the first 48 hours solid! And a warm salty water rinse is perfect for keeping your mouth food free ( and reducing infections). I was also given a course of preventative antibiotics (amoxil).

I think however pain thresholds are a very individual thing & this does impact on personal recovery time.

Good Luck!

#19 sammyv

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:27 AM

I had an impacted wisdom tooth out last year, don't worry about infection, I was given preventative antibiotics as well as pain killers.



#20 Iliketoflounce

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:12 PM

Thanks everyone. My anxiety levels  are high to night I will be all good in the morning. I'm usually like this  the day before an operation.

Btw I'm on my phone so I may not.make sence

#21 qak

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:47 PM

If you are anxious, tell them when you get there and they can give you a tablet to help you relax.

I had mine out years ago, they were impacted & had to cut the bone to get them out.  Getting my tonsils out was FAR worse, but I did have huge puffy cheeks & bruising on my face for a few days.

#22 Iliketoflounce

Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:49 PM

I will do a quick update they had to cancel my operation due to my allergies getting set off by something causing my temp to go to 37.7 and they didn't want to risk me having an asthma attack. So they just gave me a new date of the 16th my plan is to have my allergy/hayfever tables with the drink i have before 6am




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Abbott's childcare changes will 'reduce access and add complexity'

The government's childcare assistance package threatens to confuse and intimidate many parents, experts say.

Be careful what you wish for

Remember that chubby little baby who rocked on all fours? Remember how you wished he would start to crawl? Then remember how you felt once he did?

William Tyrrell's parents plead for information as anniversary looms

As the one-year anniversary of William Tyrrell's disappearance draws near, the missing four-year-old's parents have again pleaded with the public for information that could help bring their son home.

Family sleepovers: a tribute to my 1970s childhood

My memories of those nights in my childhood are all about fun: sleepover excitement, staying up late, watching movies we probably weren't supposed to watch ... freedom.

43 minutes of terror: family's agonising wait for ambulance for toddler

It was terrifying. As the minutes ticked by little Cooper Harrison's parents felt more and more frantic.

What not to say to a new mum

Some phrases just pop out before you really think about them, but there are some things you should try to not say to a new mum.

Mummydesking: the new hotdesking

It is a paradise that only working parents of small children can understand: a place to sit for three hours without any interruptions while someone looks after the kids.

Charlize Theron adopts baby girl

A few months after splitting from Sean Penn, the actress Charlize Theron has adopted a baby girl.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares painful truth behind wife's pregnancy

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has shared a brutally honest truth about pregnancy in the hope it will help others through dark periods.  

Sugary drinks blamed for removal of toddlers' rotten teeth

Children as young as 18 months are having multiple rotten teeth pulled out as parents feed toddlers soft drinks through sipper bottles, and chocolate biscuits and Milo as bedtime treats.

Mum accidentally fake tans baby

Many of us have fallen foul of a bad fake tan or two, but this little guy's started a bit earlier than most.

Does this three-month-old say 'I love you'?

YouTube user Ted Moskalenko was filmed by his wife, Michelle, as his baby son, Ben, engaged in some baby chat.

Kids break out of daycare centre, cross busy highway

Two children broke out of an early childhood centre and wandered across a four-lane road.

Why I'm glad to be an indulgent granny

The phone calls started a couple of weeks ago. At about 5.30 each evening - if I am lucky - I will be greeted by a sweet, excited voice declaring: "'Allo Annie".

Newborn found in toilet at German airport

A newborn baby found abandoned and extremely ill in a bathroom in the Munich airport is doing well.

Is this the worst relationship advice ever published?

You sometimes have to wonder whether relationship/sex advice from magazines is designed to help or humiliate.

How you talk to your baby now can impact social skills later

People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Scientists predict when you should start a family

Scientists have calculated at exactly what age you need to start trying to get pregnant to have the best chance of realising your dream. 

Differently abled child

When 'protecting' a child is really a cover for judgement

Why are people so concerned for this happy child and his mother?

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

When toddlers have strange obsessions

When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that are usually at the top of the list. But a cake featuring a local personal injury lawyer?

When Mama Bear strikes

When we become mums, our instinct to protect our children and keep them safe from harm is so strong we're often likened to a Mama Bear protecting her cubs.  

Immunity boosters for kids

There are no guaranteed ways to avoid the dreaded winter illnesses completely, but there are ways we can boost our children's immunity.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Mum shares portrait of her proudly breastfeeding three-year-old

Jade Beall usually chooses to breastfeed her son, now 3, in private. This week, however, she shared portraits of her breastfeeding her preschooler.

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

 

FREE TICKET

See Pinky McKay live in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.