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Apr 8, 2004
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I must be the only one on RDF who didn't have any pain after having all 4 pulled out. Although I was swollen for a bit, I was eating caramel popcorn that same day. The surgeon that had pulled everything out had said that my recovery time would be pretty fast because I didn't go under. But then again, I didn't expect to be eating solids that same day.

I have to say that it was pretty nasty hearing him crack out the teeth. Even thinking about the cracking sound it made STILL makes me cringe.
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Jan 7, 2004
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The drugs they give you are pretty crazy. I got knocked out but even at that you can still kind of sense what's going on (I could remember my dentist telling me "I was doing fine" and calming me down when they put in a needle). After the operation I felt super good. I even ate some semi-solid stuff that day. A few hours after, it REALLY started to hurt but some pain medication took care of most of it and it was pretty much gone by the next morning. After that other than puffiness and inability to open my mouth wide or chew tough stuff for a couple days, it was fine.

I went to an oral surgeon that worked at the same clinic as my regular dentist. I had IV sedation under the supervision of some specialized nurse or medical assistant. I didn't have a difficult case but I think all patients my clinic are referred to that route.

If you're young enough that they haven't grown in yet/you dont have roots (like mine when I got them removed) it's a really simple and relatively painless procedure compared to what might be needed down the road. If they look like they're coming in fine then it's pretty much a personal call.
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Apr 19, 2002
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elty wrote:My dentist also suggest me to remove mine, but instead of saying he can do it he simply say I should get a specialist to do it. I hoep it doesnt mean my tooth looks totally whacked... :(
:D Ooh... no... hehe... actually I didn't mean to imply that everyone who is referred to the specialist has some kind of funky wisdom tooth situation. Some general dentists don't like to do extractions just like how some MD's don't like to deliver babies. It's all about preference and mad skilz.

Here's some quick googly info from Dr. Bunn. Hehe gotta love that name!

All You Wanted To Know About Wisdom Teeth But Were Afraid To Ask

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Oct 18, 2004
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I must be the only one on RDF who didn't have any pain after having all 4 pulled out. Although I was swollen for a bit, I was eating caramel popcorn that same day. The surgeon that had pulled everything out had said that my recovery time would be pretty fast because I didn't go under. But then again, I didn't expect to be eating solids that same day.


I'm with you there.. I didn't feel any pain afterwards either.. I had to check my mouth in the mirror to make sure they had taken the wisdom teeth out.. I was skeptical that they did anything at all.

I got knocked out so I don't know what they did while I was out.
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Nov 15, 2003
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Mississauga
I just had all 4 out recently, and I can say it wasn't pleasant.

My two uppers were fine, they were partially grown in, and it was just a simple yank. The lower two were under the gums, and one was growing towards my cheek. Aftermath? Uppers felt fine after a day, but my jaw still aches after almost two weeks. The swelling was minimal, and has subsided, but there is still some lingering pain. I still prefer eating mushy foods.

Reason it still hurts? I'm 29, recovery is much quicker if you're younger because the jaw still hasn't "set". Digging for teeth also increases the recovery time.

Why should you get them out? If you have a small jaw, it will push the teeth causing problems, that's if they can even grow in right. In a lot of people, they grow in sideways. They can also have protrude from your gum, which is bad because you can get bits of food stuck just under the gum, causing an infection (percontitis or something). For some dentists it's a money grab, sure, but go get a second/third opinion, then you'll know if you really need them out.

Oh, get all 4 done at the same time, don't go 2/2, I wouldn't want to go through this again. If you have coverage, get them out when you're young, it'll save you potential problems in the future.
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Aug 15, 2003
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My dentist recommended I take them out when i was about 20. I followed his advice and let me tell you it was hell.
First he pumped my mouth with countless needles (i lost count at 10). Then when he started yanking at them, holding my head down. it was like he was trying to start a lawn mover, just given er. With all those needles it still frickin hurt. He had a hard time removing 2 of them and asked me, like half an hour into the process, if it was ok to leave them cuz they were too hard to take out. wtf! i couldn't talk, just wanted it to end, and he stopped.
I was swallowing blood for a couple weeks, lost 10 pounds cuz i couldnt eat, in major pain... i wanted to kill the guy.
They haven't been bothering me since so I don't know if it was a good thing overall. I just recommend you have a damn good dentist before you do it.
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Feb 9, 2005
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Should always get 4 taken out at once, get it over with. I suggest going to a specialist, its more expensive but it hurts a lot less. It took the specialist only about 20 minutes to take out 4 wisdom teeth and sew me up. I had local anethetization(forgot how to spell) and it was painless during the procedure and I was able to eat solid food in the afternoon, all healed in 4-5 days.
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I think during the time I was getting my wisdom teeth pulled out was the worst time in my life. I called it the week of hell.

I've never felt so much physical pain in my life and what made it worse was because I had TMJ. (This was AFTER the surgery. The operation itself was painless as I couldn't feel anything since I was asleep from the shot)

I had to them pulled out, because I could already start to my teeth shifting and feel crooked. Those years of braces are now nothing now, because I had let the wisdom teeth grow 6 months-yaer before having the wisdeom teeth taken out.
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Sep 17, 2003
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I took my 4 wisdow teeth last year.
They were not bothering me at the time but I decided to do it because I knew I was going to lose my insurance in a few months (changing jobs).

It was painful for 2 days but the drug that I was given (Tylenol 3) was pretty good (strong).

If you have insurance (it's pretty expensive, mine was over CAN 800.00), I'd say do it now.
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pandaharo wrote:Should always get 4 taken out at once, get it over with. I suggest going to a specialist, its more expensive but it hurts a lot less. It took the specialist only about 20 minutes to take out 4 wisdom teeth and sew me up. I had local anethetization(forgot how to spell) and it was painless during the procedure and I was able to eat solid food in the afternoon, all healed in 4-5 days.
Thanks for the tip. So an orthodontist is not a specialist? What's the designation for specialist? (eg. MD, etc.)

My friend and his aunt also had a good experience when he got his taken out, and he said he could eat the same night. He went to Dr. Moon, but it seems it no longer works at the number he gave me.
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Aug 22, 2003
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Felix, orthodontists are specialists but they don't remove teeth. They usually refer the patient back to their regular dentist or an oral surgeon to do that. Hubby had his wisdom teeth removed at age 40. 2 were impacted and 1 had its roots twisted around the jaw bone. He went to an oral surgeon that knocked him out totally. He had to break the tooth with the twisted roots out in 5 pieces. It was pricey but totally covered by our insurance. If I remember correctly it was $1400. That covered all his aftercare as well thanfully as he ended up with an infection 2.5 weeks later. The surgeon had to go back in and pack the infection site. He doesn't doing it as it's one less thing he has to now worry about. We know someone who just had to have theirs removed at age 52!
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Jul 3, 2003
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My dentist told me I needed mine removed. Gave me some options of Oral Surgeon's I could go to. I don't think they are scammers, as the money didn't go to my dentist.

NOTE: Mine came in fine, had no issues, came out fine, had no issues. I just hated getting food in the holes.
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Aug 17, 2004
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If you need to on the dentist's advice do it. The only thing that sucks is the puffy cheeks. When I had mine done I was so high I tried to encourage him to yank out a few more.
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Feb 9, 2005
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The specialist I was referring to is a ORAL SURGEON. I had to get my dentist to refer me to him, not sure if its required. If anyone in Vancouver area the oral surgeon's name is Dr. Kenneth Chow.
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Nov 25, 2004
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StarStrike wrote:How old are you? They usually take out your wisdom teeth when you are 19/20 because that's when they start to become bothersome.
Better to get them out before they become bothersome
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