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Finally going to get my wisdom teeth assessed and subsequently removed.
Assessment: Thursday morning, 10:30.
Removal: TBD.

I'm trying to over come a very irrational fear and loathing of dentists after years of "you don't brush enough" and "floss everyday."
I'm not looking forward to the removal of 4 (very likely) impacted teeth. I'm going to have a watermelon head.

Current Mood: worried full of dread

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ohsochewy From: ohsochewy Date: January 2nd, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
PRE-LOAD ON IBUPROFEN. Take like 800 mg of it 3x the day before the surgery (both days?), and you'll be just fine. I had impacted teeth too, and I got out with no nausea, awake the whole rest of the day, no need for heavy painkillers and eating nachos two days later.

Ask someone actually knowledgeable about this, but since I got it from a dentist, they should know about it.

Also: frozen peas make the best cold packs.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've heard both good and bad about the pre-loading ibuprofen. What is it supposed to do? What's the benefit?

Frozen peas are clever. I figure I'll just stick my heasd in our chest freezer for a few days. That should help.
alibee From: alibee Date: January 2nd, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you get a general, you will be asleep for the whole thing, which makes it a LOT easier.

Also, I don't think the level of impaction makes it more difficult... I think it's more an issue of roots. And, you might get to have smaller mouth holes because they'll cut the tooth up instead of ganking the whole thing.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so not going to be awake for it. No way in hell.

Smaller holes? Um.. yay?
Mm.. Holy teeth.
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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: January 2nd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm excited for your future life as a peanuts character. You should start practicing that funny dance right now.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never liked Peanuts. Charlie Brown is a jerk.
PS: tell your christmas present to stop being back ordered. Also, don't buy anything in the next month.

Your Xmess card rocked.
justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just went to the dentist last week and got the flossing lecture :(
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate that. I floss every day now but I'm pretty sure they're still dreadful. Not looking forward to it. I told the scheduler that i'm there to assess my wisdom teeth. No lectures!
devianttouch From: devianttouch Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suggest picking up liquid ibuprofen before the surgery. The large pill prescription ibuprofen they prescribe for post-surgery can be hard to swallow with a swollen mouth, and the liquid stuff is easy.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if I'll be able to swallow my allergy meds...
nidea From: nidea Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love my non-scolding dentist.

I had 1 wisdom tooth out when I was awake; weird feeling and weirder sound. The other 3 came out when I was out cold. I woke up woozy and drank lots of Vruit that day. Yum. Chewing on bloody gauze is also kind of strangely satisfying.
smed From: smed Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
My experience... I went in to an oral surgeon. Got knocked out - by IV. I remember counting to 3. That was it. Next thing I know, I'm in the car on the way home. I guess I told my mom the same thing all the way home. I wasn't in much pain. Generally achy-ness, but nothing horrible. I had all 4 done at once. I'm not sure how long the appointment took - under an hour I'm pretty sure.

Just listen to the doc. Based on how they do the procedure etc, they'll give you the best advice.
Good luck! Let me know if you need anything.

Oh! And don't eat any of the soft foods you like for a few weeks beforehand. That way for the first fews days afterwards, you can have something you're totally craving. I'm a big fan of mashed potatoes!
ohsochewy From: ohsochewy Date: January 3rd, 2007 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, mine was nearly identical. I was freaking out because I'd never had surgery or an IV before, so I was bawling, and the doc asked me what classes I was taking (I was on fall break) and I said, "Well, there's orchest--" and an hour later I was groggily mumbling to my mother to go get the People magazine from the lobby, "the one with Jodie Foster on the cover." As usual, I didn't take this opportunity to shut up :P

You're not supposed to drink things through a straw because the sucking (heh heh) can dislodge the stitches or some such. I spooned a milkshake to start with, but then I was naughty and did it very carefully.

Re: ibuprofen being a blood thinner: yeah, I remember that now, but like I said I was told to preload by a dentist so I figured he knew what he was talking about.
evilevi From: evilevi Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got mine out about 3 years ago after putting it off for 10 years. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

Just make sure that you don't try to swallow painkillers while your tongue is numb like I stupidly did. Smash them up and put them in liquid or get them in liquid form so you don't choke. I spent a couple of very panicked moments trying to figure out whether the pill had gone down or was stuck in my thoat or what before I managed to spit it out into the sink.
graydancer From: graydancer Date: January 2nd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

I had the same dread...

...since I'd not really gone to a dentist since the USMC.

However, I have to say, they were really great. And now, about 6 months later, I don't have the 1/2 tooth that was left when it cracked, my gums don't bleed, and while there's still lots of work (and some bills) left, I'm much happier than before. So, just gonna say, your anticipation of the bad time is probably worse than the actual time will be...and it will be really worth it.

Plus, it gives you an excuse to demand that people be nice to you.
syzygy07 From: syzygy07 Date: January 3rd, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
You've already got a ton of advice here, so I'll keep mine simple.

The general is what makes you nauseous, I had my impacted teeth out with just a local, they were done in less than 15 minutes and I think they are a bit kinder to your poor jaw when you are awake and staring at them. I saw people in the waiting room who had general and they were a mess.

Ice Ice Ice if you don't want to be a big chipmunk cheeked victim. The first day, ice like crazy or you will be regretting it from day 2-5.

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