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Monday, April 24, 2006

Wisdom Teeth - The Extraction

I ate a light breakfast, as the dentist ordered, and went with my father to NDC (National Dental Centre). My father went with me as I was still young to sign the consent form. It was to acknowledge that there's a small risk of permanent nerve damage. Along the way there, thoughts of the previous extraction came to my mind; the pain, the inconvenience and the bloody pillow that I will wake up to. Hopefully this time it will be much better.

After reaching there, it looked like I was the first one. My name was called and we went to see the doctor. I was asked to wear this garment, shoe covering, and head covering. Appearently, this is to minimise the amount of bacteria that may go into the air and enter my mouth during the extraction. My father signed the form and waited outside. I went into the surgery room...

The seat was familiar. I was asked to lie down on it while the nurses prepared for the surgery. The dentist injected 3 doses of some numbing medicine into my mouth. Imagine the pain! Steel needles were inserted into my gums five times! The last dose was injected into 3 different places. But I consoled myself saying that it will soon be over. After that the dentist left the room and told me to wait. He wanted the medicine to take full-effect, which will take about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, there were two nurses in the room who prepared the stuff for the surgery. One of them began to start a conversation with me. She asked how old am I, which JC (Junior College) was I from, what I plan to do after NS (National Service) on so forth. After all those questions, she told me something.

"Did you know that I was the same nurse who attended to you during your last surgery?"
"Really? Wow...ok."

How could she remember me? I mean she attends to like a few hundreds of patients per month and it was seven months ago since I had my last extraction. I was surprised that she could remember me.

"How can you remember me?"
"Well, you look like one of the doctors here."

Haha...I look like a doctor. Thanks for the compliment. I guess it made me feel good. This is important as I am trying to keep a happy and optimistic attitude before the surgery. By this time, my lower-left part of my mouth (this includes the lips, gums, and cheeks) was numb. She covered my eyes with some kind of cloth and told me to relax. I guess it's to prevent me from seeing all the blood that will flow out later.

"Dr Lim's here and we are going to start the surgery."

What followed was a gruesome drilling sound that alternated with some scrapping sound. I could feel the dentist yanking my teeth out and I can tell you it hurts, despite the anaesthetic. He scrapped my gums (I think he's actually cutting my gums but can't confirm as I was blindfolded). After a while I could hear some cracking sound (I think it's my teeth being cracked). My whole body was tensed and stiff. I was telling myself that hey, it will all soon be over. The lower wisdom tooth took a longer time while the upper left one took seconds only. The two teeth were yanked out (the nurse had to hold my head steady as he was yanking so hard that my head moved here and there!).

After what seemed like 20 minutes, everything was over. They told me to rest for awhile to get over the shock and trauma that I may have. Then they told me the precautions to take such as:

1. No strenuous exercise.
2. Don't wrap the external part of the extraction site with warm cloth as the swelling will worsen.
3. Don't rinse too regularly as the blood need some time to clot.
4. Brush gently - dental hygiene is still important.
5. Rest.

I was given 5 days of medical leave and I went home. My mouth was still numb, albeit to a lesser extent.

I took porridge for lunch and went to rest. After three hours, the anaesthetic has wore off and the pain came. It's unbearable. I took some pain-killers prescribed by the dentist but the pain was still there. I tried to distract my mind from the pain by reading, watching news, surfing around the blogosphere but it was to no avail. I tried to sleep but the pain was too unbearable. It was only 15 minutes later that the pain had reduced. I googled the pain-killer and found that it's administered for people suffering from menstrual cramps. No wonder it took such a long time for the pain in my mouth (and not some organ that I do not have) to reduce. This time, it was not as bad as the previous extraction as my mouth muscles could move and not slump on one side, resulting in an uneven and scary looking lips.

This was what happened to me so far. Hopefully there won't be any swelling and fever. Wishing myself a quick and speedy recovery.

(Click here if you want to read about my previous extraction.)

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Blogger Teressa said...

Oh my. That makes me afraid to ever go to the dentist for mine. I was suppose to get mine cut out years ago but have put it off. This just confirms why. I don't have the guts. I hope that you heal safely and quickly. God bless. Oh, here via BlogMad.

7:34 AM, April 26, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Thanks for your well-wishes.

It's painful, but the really painful part last during the surgery. After that, it's just a kind of pain that you get when you have a serious toothache. For that, pain-killers should do it.

7:48 AM, April 26, 2006  
Blogger WAT said...

I had this done back in 1997 with my wisdom teeth on the left side of my mouth, and how I survived it I don't know, but everything you described is exactly how I remember it,

UGH. And they wanna possibly do the ones on my right side now? HELLS NO.

I'd rather die with them thanks.

8:26 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Mine was the right side first then they said that the left was decaying and because of that they said that they need to extract the teeth.

8:35 AM, April 29, 2006  
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Thank you for bringing up this,actually i think i really need to undergo in this kind of procedure well then at least there have a painkiller.:-)


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Anonymous Toothhater said...

They gave me waaaay top much medication when I had my wisdom teeth taken out. I was messed up for like two days!

1:46 AM, April 15, 2010  
Blogger Marilyn said...

While reading your blog, I remember when I also had my extraction. My dentist needed to extract two of my teeth then, and I had it a month apart due to work. I was so blessed that in Nashua, dental staff are so accommodating that it somehow lessen my dental fear. There were a lot of precautions after the operation, yet I was also lucky that the painkiller prescribed to me easily prevented any pain.

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Anonymous Cape Coral wisdom teeth said...

It's funny reading this post because I remember getting my teeth "yanked out" in similar fashion when I was a teenager. What's even funnier is that now I'm a dentist and I extract wisdom teeth very frequently. I remember what it was like so I make every effort to make my patients much more comfortable. I never "blindfold my patients, but I do sedate them so they don't really remember a whole lot. Great post though, it reminds me to work more at making my patients feel better.

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Anonymous Wisdom teeth said...

Yeh, it's really painful. But you need to take proper treatment for this, so you will not suffer due to Wisdom teeth in near future...

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I'm glad you got five days off work to recover.

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Blogger Dabby Dabb said...

Yeah getting your wisdom teeth removed can definitely be really rough....I feel your pain.

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Blogger Ansel Marvin said...

One time, my friend got his wisdom teeth pulled and used an experimental drug for recovery purposes. His cheeks were swollen for weeks.

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Blogger Edmund Wells said...

Thanks for the post it helps to know what not to do. My son got his out and he didn't really follow the rules and he got dry sockets and those are painful. Thanks for the tips and I will pass them down to my kids.

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Blogger Jim Stout said...

I remember having a lot of these same experiences when I got my wisdom teeth removed. I had four impacted ones and it took me a few days to really recover. The first solid food I had to eat was some really good sliced turkey breast.

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Blogger Michael Williams said...

I need some teeth extracted. I don't know what I need to do but I have a terrible ache coming from this tooth. Hopefully the dentist can help.

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Blogger William Walker said...

How long does it usually take to recover from having your wisdom teeth removed? I want to make sure that I set some time to take care of my children. They are scheduled to have them extracted this weekend.

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Anonymous Bill Johnson said...

Must be really painful! My wisdom tooth never surfaced so I think it is impacted as I usually have trouble opening my mouth. So I guess I need to have them extracted sooner.

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My son is leaving the country for several years for our church. He needs to get his wisdom teeth removed before he leaves. How long will he be down and out from work recovering?

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Anonymous Isabella said...

Good thing I didn't feel anything when I had my wisdom teeth removed. I mean, I knew it was supposed to hurt because of all the pulling and drilling and yanking, but the whole right side of my face was numb. It's kind of ironic that the only painful part of the surgery was when they inject the medicine that's supposed to prevent you from feeling pain. The numbing gel didn't work, and I did feel the sting of those anaesthesia injections.
I think it's easier for dentists to pull the upper wisdom tooth because my dentist also took a longer time taking out my lower right tooth. My mum and I went home an hour after we came in. I iced my jaw even before the effects of the anaesthesia wore off. 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. I did that for two days. I also had to sleep almost sitting because I had to keep my head elevated.

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