Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bye Bye Wisdom Teeth...

I'm going to the oral surgeon in the morning to have my wisdom teeth out. Thankfully, there are only two and they're erupted... mostly. I'm also having a molar with a bad root canal, in the back on top, pulled. It has a fistula, which means that infection is leaking out of my gums. These three teeth are my biggest dental issue so getting them taken care of is making me feel awesome.

So far, I'm not really nervous, but I feel like I might be in the morning. We'll see. She gave me Vistaril to help take the edge off and to dry my mouth out. I'll also be knocked out, so it's a bit like going to sleep and waking up with gaping holes. I feel okay about that, even though I know that it's going to mean several days of laying on the sofa moaning.

Obviously, I won't be around for a while. No bloggy, no Facebook, no Twitter. Just a whole lot of sleep, ice cream, and protein shakes.

Wish me luck!!


  1. Uh oh, is this the kind of thing I'm supposed to take time off of work for? Cuz mine are being pulled out after work on Tues, but I'm still scheduled for work on Wed.

    I hope yours went well!

  2. How many are you having out, Jodi? Are you going under?

    I had two pulled, under total sedation, and a top tooth that was a serious problem. So, it might as well have been three--that top tooth was a surgical extraction, just like the wisdom teeth. So, I basically had two surgical extractions and one partially-impacted, bony extraction.

    The next day, I felt like utter crap. Mostly, my jaw and the extraction sites hurt and my face was swollen. So, I wouldn't have been able to work the next day. So, I suppose it depends upon your tolerance for pain and your ability to soldier on when you feel bad.

    That said, I could talk and was okay when I was on meds--it's certainly not as horrible as most people say, but then my case wasn't as extreme as some. Now, four days later, I feel fine. I'm uncomfortable and I'm taking Advil, but I ate donuts this morning.

    Good luck!

  3. Oh wow, thank you for this info Kristyn. I'm having two removed. One of them is 100% impacted. I'm one of those people who can soldier on pretty well (i.e. I worked through a ruptured ear drum last week), but the biggest thing that worries me is the swollen face. That would be really uncomfortable to teach with. The problem is Wed. is the second to last day of school, so there is NO WAY I can miss work that day. I'm going to think about this some more and decide if I need to reschedule my appt.

  4. Oh, I meant to tell you also that they gave me a choice of local anesthesia or total sedation, and I chose the local.

  5. Wow, you have one fully impacted tooth that needs cutting out and you took the local? You're one brave woman. There was never, ever any question for me. I was always getting those teeth cut out under total sedation. Knowing I would be completely asleep, I was never nervous... which was highly unusual for me. I'm someone who gets nervous about absolutely EVERYTHING.

    The swollen face thing isn't that bad. It's pretty minor if you use the ice packs (20 on/20 off) religiously. So, that might not be a big deal. And since you're taking local (still... wow!), you might not have the issues with drowsiness that I had. So that would be good. I think, if you're capable of soldering on, you might be okay. Rescheduling is such a pain in the neck! lol