Anyone else had their "wisdom teeth" out as adults?

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Anyone else had their "wisdom teeth" out as adults?

Bignuf Bignuf
I just found out I have to have my "never erupted" wisdom teeth cut out on Friday. Oh joy. At 52 years old, I am SO not looking forward to this.

Anyone else had wisdom teeth removed as an adult?

Any words of advice or suggestions on making the whole process or recovery go smoother?

THANKS.

Mr. Bignuf.
01/03/2012
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Sapphires13 Sapphires13
I had mine out at 16, but I can give you this advice:

Soft foods. Nothing that requires being bitten or chewed. I found that my mouth was so swollen that I couldn't even eat chicken noodle soup, because I couldn't bite down on the noodles in any way (my gums in the back were so swollen that the rest of my teeth couldn't make contact). I would suggest pudding, mashed potatoes, liquid-y foods.

Rest and take it easy. Follow your dentist's instructions. Don't smoke, don't drink out of a straw. The worst thing you want to do is pull the blodclots out. Be careful and try not to disturb them.

Your mouth will be packed with gauze, get used to it. If you sleep, try sleeping on your side with a towel over your pillow to absorb any bloody drool.

Hopefully you're not a big bleeder (I am), but help that along by not taking anything that can thin your blood (aspirin, NSAIDs) for the rest of the week before your surgery. Afterward, take your medication as instructed. If it makes you nauseous (swallowing blood will also make you nauseous, beware), try to take your pill with a snack.
01/03/2012
Cherrylane Cherrylane
I had mine out at 20, which isn't 52 but still fairly mature tooth growth wise.

I was lucky to only have my top ones, not just in terms of the surgery but growth wise. I never had bottom wisdom teeth. They never developed, so I only had the top two removed. And we had them removed before they started causing problems, so that probably helped too.

For me, the surgery was super duper easy. Basically, I told the surgeon person that surgery and dentistry both made me extremely anxious so he gave me two pills to take the night before and morning of the surgery to calm me down AND agreed to straight up put me out while they were taken out. That's probably not "necessary" for most people, and probably wasn't even necessary for me, but golly I don't remember a damn thing and it's wonderful! lol. I had very little pain or swelling. Additionally, I was with my mother at the time who had put herself in charge of giving me my meds and antibiotics. About two days in she forgot about the antibiotics entirely. Luckily, it didn't seem to matter because I didn't get any sort of infection and healed very quickly.

One thing about the process of the surgery that you can't really control but can dramatically affect how much you swell and feel pain and all of that is whether they have to break your teeth. Sometimes the roots will go into the jaw and different things and be sort of lodged, so they take a little pick thing and crush them (part of why I opted to be put to sleep. I didn't care if I wouldn't be able to "feel" it, knowing it was happening is panic attack express). IF they have to crush the teeth, you'll probably get more swelling and potential bruising. I was lucky and they were able to pluck both of my teeth out hole. They just made the incision because neither had broken the skin, and pulled. My mother bitched about it because she felt they didn't have to do enough work to get them out to pay the full price for the extraction lol.

As Sapphires said, just follow the docs instructions about eating and drinking and what not. Turn down the curtains and sleep/rest as much as you can. It's not impossible to do other things or be, you know, "productive" but it's much more pleasant to just sleep it off. Keep up with the pain meds. I found popsicles to be very enjoyable during this time. You can't suck on them but biting and chewing just letting melt in your mouth was really nice. I especially was loving really tangy tart fruity ones. I've heard that it's wise to avoid dairy, but I can't source that or know the reasoning behind it.

Beyond that, I think it'll just depend on what you know about yourself and what you're comfortable with and how you heal and all that. If you've ever had teeth removed before, or any type of oral surgery, or any type of surgery at all, you can draw on those experiences to try and think of anything that might help you maximize your comfort and healing. Good luck
01/03/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Sapphires13
I had mine out at 16, but I can give you this advice:

Soft foods. Nothing that requires being bitten or chewed. I found that my mouth was so swollen that I couldn't even eat chicken noodle soup, because I couldn't bite down on the ...
I had mine out at 15 and this is the same advice I'd give. I found I could eat things like french fries, but I tried to stick with more liquidy things like pudding and Slim Fast. The Slim Fast was my friend because I could at least feel like I had eaten something and get a decent amount of nutrients without having to try like hell to chew very painfully.
01/03/2012
Forever17 Forever17
all four all at once i thought my jaw would come off.
01/03/2012
Forever17 Forever17
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
I just found out I have to have my "never erupted" wisdom teeth cut out on Friday. Oh joy. At 52 years old, I am SO not looking forward to this.

Anyone else had wisdom teeth removed as an adult?

Any words of advice or ...
itll b ok youll b glad there gone i also got dry socket its really not so bad just dont smoke anything for a faster recovery
01/03/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Yes I was over 18 when I had them pulled out. It hurt like hell because I had adverse reaction to the sleeping gas, so they did local anesthesia instead of putting me to sleep...
01/03/2012
AndroAngel AndroAngel
I opted to be put completely under to have mine done when I got them done at 18. It wasn't so bad, I barely remember the recovery process, they had me on the good drugs.
01/03/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
I just found out I have to have my "never erupted" wisdom teeth cut out on Friday. Oh joy. At 52 years old, I am SO not looking forward to this.

Anyone else had wisdom teeth removed as an adult?

Any words of advice or ...
Every time I go to the dentist, they keep telling me they need to get pulled, and I am 37. Still haven't done it though....
01/03/2012
indiglo indiglo
Take your pain pills on schedule, and use ice packs consistently.
01/03/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
3/4 of mine are out.

Basically, follow instructions. I smoked while I was healing and I think that slowed the process a little bit. Avoid straws or sucking on anything...ANYTHING
01/04/2012
Kayla Kayla
All great suggestions! The procedure itself isn't too painful. For most doctors, it should just be a bit of pressure to get it removed. If the idea of pressure and possibly hearing their dental instruments in your head freaks you out, ask if you can listen to an MP3 player. If you feel any pain, your dentist will probably let you raise your left hand and he'll give you more number (or she). It really is supposed to be painless unless you have an infection.

As for after-care, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. For real. The worst part of getting a tooth taken out is if you get dry socket. I'm uber-careful about it so I go no-straws/sucking foods for two weeks afterwards (had 2 out). No smoking. I usually stick to liquid/soft foods for about a week afterwards. (Like Sam said, those diet shakes and protein shakes work well for this.) Rinsing your mouth out, gently, after every meal after the first two days with salt water can help remove food partials.

And just don't mess with the wound. It's going to feel odd, and it's going to feel icky, but just like a regular scratch, if you scratch at it, it can't heal up. To help with swelling afterwards, put ice on your mouth. Bruising and tenderness afterwards is pretty normal, but again, some ice should help reduce it.

Basically, follow what the doctors say, ask for more pain medicine if it hurts (there should be uncomfortable pressure, but very little stinging pain. Think of the difference between having a blood pressure cuff and having someone pinch you), and follow care instructions, and you should be right as rain within two weeks.
01/04/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
I've never had them removed, but i suspect I'll have to one day. there's a fraction of a tooth on the right side of my mouth which goes into my gums.
01/04/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Sapphires13
I had mine out at 16, but I can give you this advice:

Soft foods. Nothing that requires being bitten or chewed. I found that my mouth was so swollen that I couldn't even eat chicken noodle soup, because I couldn't bite down on the ...
THANK YOU. I appreciate that advice. Sure does not sound like fun so far!
01/04/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Cherrylane
I had mine out at 20, which isn't 52 but still fairly mature tooth growth wise.

I was lucky to only have my top ones, not just in terms of the surgery but growth wise. I never had bottom wisdom teeth. They never developed, so I only had ...
THANK YOU for the great advice. I am deciding now if I should do this under straight local or sedation. I am thinking I am going to opt for the sedation route. Nothing to be gained by toughing it out.
01/04/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
3/4 of mine are out.

Basically, follow instructions. I smoked while I was healing and I think that slowed the process a little bit. Avoid straws or sucking on anything...ANYTHING
Will do. THANK YOU!!!
01/04/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
Take your pain pills on schedule, and use ice packs consistently.
I appreciate that. I will do exactly that. Ice packs getting placed in freezer now!!!! THANK YOU.
01/04/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by T&A1987
I've never had them removed, but i suspect I'll have to one day. there's a fraction of a tooth on the right side of my mouth which goes into my gums.
I have ALL FOUR and I have already been told the top two, which are WAY UP HIGH and not descended, will likely need to come out in the near future too. WHY do we have these stupid things. Argggghhh. Anyway, best wishes with YOURS too.
01/04/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by Stinkytofu10
Yes I was over 18 when I had them pulled out. It hurt like hell because I had adverse reaction to the sleeping gas, so they did local anesthesia instead of putting me to sleep...
OUCH...you helped make that decision for me. I was going to go with just local and now am thinking I am going to opt for sedation!!! THANK YOU.
01/04/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by AndroAngel
I opted to be put completely under to have mine done when I got them done at 18. It wasn't so bad, I barely remember the recovery process, they had me on the good drugs.
THANK YOU. I think I am going to go that route!!!
01/04/2012
married with children married with children
I havent yet, and hoping that I never need to. Good luck, hope they give you some good pain meds.
01/04/2012
badk1tty badk1tty
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
I just found out I have to have my "never erupted" wisdom teeth cut out on Friday. Oh joy. At 52 years old, I am SO not looking forward to this.

Anyone else had wisdom teeth removed as an adult?

Any words of advice or ...
Mine are still coming in, and I'm 30. Been coming in for the last 5 years or so.
01/04/2012
slynch slynch
Pain pills & ice packs.
01/06/2012
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