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Old 03-03-17, 11:24 PM   #1
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Pretty sure I'm going to need them pulled soon. I know it's not that big of a deal but I've known some people to have bad experiences with it. I have a fear of dentists and just really scared of surgical procedures in general. I'm still pretty young to get them removed (21) and I guess have an average tolerance to pain. They haven't pushed through the gum all the way and one of them has gotten infected.

What have your experiences been like?
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Old 03-13-17, 11:02 AM   #2
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I had mine removed when I was around the same age as you. They were done under a local and the oral surgeon who did the work told me that he preferred a local as he found his patients tend to recuperate more quickly. He was right.

My former co-workers told me some horror stories of what they went through so I was somewhat prepared. Turned out that it was not needed as the team was very good with me. The only real issue I have is I gag too easily and I told them that. They were great with me and there were no problems during the procedure even though two of mine were impacted and had to be taken out in pieces. I had to laugh a bit though as I was reminded of a skit by Bill Cosby where he talked about his visit to the dentist. That chuckle helped. Yes, I had my head moved around a lot, there was smoke coming out of my mouth at one point (which reminded me of the skit), but otherwise, it was painless for me. The doctor was very careful with the local and made absolutely certain it took affect before he started working so I was very nice and numb in the face throughout the procedure.

Post op was not too bad either. Didn't want to eat anything the first day so I just popped the T3's, laid back and chilled. Next day was not too bad and had some soup and other soft food. Helped to wash out my mouth with salt water even though it had a gross taste. After about a week, I was more or less back to normal. It helps that I had a good doctor and that my experience was pretty good. And no, I don't miss the wisdom teeth either. They took all four of them out at the same time and while it may sound pretty nasty, it was for the better. And with the advances made over the years, some places will actually use a swab on the gums so that you won't feel the needle going in so that's a bonus.

You'll do fine and when you're fully healed, will be glad it's done. You mentioned one of yours may be infected. Get that out as quickly as possible before it can cause some major issues later.
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Just got the word from my dentist today: I officially need them out and he referred me to an oral surgeon. None of mine are impacted, they're all pretty much grown in except for the two wisdom teeth on the bottom, which are partially covered by the gum (and that's why they're getting infected). So if I need both of the bottom one's out, there's no point in keeping the top ones, so I will also most likely need all four removed.

Thanks for sharing your story and advice! I feel a little bit better about it now. I'm still scared of the procedure but I'd rather get them out than risk complications in the future.
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Old 03-14-17, 11:44 PM   #4
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I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed in one day when I was 18. It worked out good because now my face has a nice shape and my teeth are still as straight as the day they took my braces off :)
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Just got the word from my dentist today: I officially need them out and he referred me to an oral surgeon. None of mine are impacted, they're all pretty much grown in except for the two wisdom teeth on the bottom, which are partially covered by the gum (and that's why they're getting infected). So if I need both of the bottom one's out, there's no point in keeping the top ones, so I will also most likely need all four removed.

Thanks for sharing your story and advice! I feel a little bit better about it now. I'm still scared of the procedure but I'd rather get them out than risk complications in the future.
You're welcome and good thing the bottom two have been caught early. That can get considerably worse and lead to a lot of misery for you. You're better off getting all four removed and if they do them all at the same time, at least the recovery period won't be as long. Wife had hers taken out and they did them two at a time. She healed pretty quickly too but the sad part was that when she healed from the first two, she then had to go through it a second time so that part sucked.

Best part is when they're done, they're done and you won't have to go through that again. Hope all goes well and you heal quickly. (When healed, celebrate with something really nice for yourself as a reward for getting it done. )
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I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed in one day when I was 18. It worked out good because now my face has a nice shape and my teeth are still as straight as the day they took my braces off :)
Oh, glad I did not need braces. Fortunately my teeth were pretty straight to begin with. My top two wisdom teeth were crowded and the bottom two were the only ones that were impacted. When all four were removed, the dentist said no braces were needed.
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