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Fri, May. 2nd, 2003, 02:15 pm
Sweet zombie jesus!

They do WHAT to get a wisdom tooth out?

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 06:24 am (UTC)
shadesong

What?

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:05 am (UTC)
mr_wombat: For starters

Breaking the jaw is a possibility (however unlikely) cutting the gum open is another, (which then involves cauterising the wound). Oddly though, the idea of someone sticking pliers in my mouth worries me more than either of the above.

There is also yanking involved, probably heavy duty tugging also.

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:07 am (UTC)
shadesong: Re: For starters

*whimper* *holds hands over mouth*

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:30 am (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: For starters

Oddly enough, I grabbed my crotch when the horror stories started flying, I guess I more usually associate amazing agony with that than my mouth. Nonetheless, it's not as bad as it used to be but it's still not unheard of for a dentist to have to plant a knee on a patient's chest to give it a good tug (at least according to people who have recently had them out or know people who have - I draw the line at third hand reports) and occasionally a jaw DOES have to be broken to get the thing out, but that's the sort of operation they let you know about beforehand.
I had an X-ray done and he said it should be routine enough, so I'm not too worried above the normal "it'll hurt like hell" worries.

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:30 am (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: For starters

as an aside, when I was getting the X-ray done, I had my fingers crossed for some mutant superpowers, no joy.

He did show me a little optic cam photo of the bad tooth though, gross yet cool.

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:07 am (UTC)
iresprite

Whatever it is, I hope they do it awfully quick. I can't have my almost-mulleted brother in unendurable pain for long. That's just Not cool.

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:37 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

It should take an hour to an hour and a half, which means I'll have to go home during rush hour traffic (I may hail a cab for preference) when its finished. I don't know whether it's local or general anaesthetic though, I assume local but again, the lower rear placing of the tooth puts that into doubt.

I can't imagine it'd be general without letting me know.

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:56 am (UTC)
mytholder

I'm getting one out at some point (lower left) and I got the impression from the dentist that it was general. Mine's an odd case, though (tooth is coming up at an angle and impacting on its neighbour, //|| instead of || || (ph4ar my t00th ascii), so maybe it's usually local for most people.

And general because they plan to hurt me more. Bugger.

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:59 am (UTC)
iresprite

Well, I'll be praying for your general comfort and health. Peace, man.

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 04:45 pm (UTC)
wyvernfriend

I've had two lower teeth removed, one fairly far back. One was an emergency! Yes they sometimes have to take up funny angles to get to it, I think one of the dentists leaned fairly heavily on my chest. They usually do it under local unless there is some complication. It will bleed, in fact if it doesn't bleed somewhat it is a complication you don't want to deal with (dry socket) - they'll probably give you a leaflet telling you what to do. You will drool blood all over your chin so a taxi is very advisable, I would call one from the dentists, or prebook one. Lay on painkillers, once the anasthetic wears off it will be sore. Bruising sore rather than toothy pain. You might want to invest in some witch hazel or arnica for the external bruising, there can be some when they do rear teeth.
I probably will have to get an upper yanked soon, it's fairly rotten and I coudn't get dental work done while on the chemo!

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:29 am (UTC)
gallowglass

I simply won't tell you about my two wisdom teeth-pulling appointments as the memory of them makes me sick even more than 12 years later. I wish you good luck and hope that your wisdom teeth aren't too well attached. It's got to be easier that way...

Fri, May. 2nd, 2003 07:33 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

It's only one, on the lower right jaw at the very back (the last tooth basically) which supposedly makes it worse (both by virtue of being the last one and being on the lower jaw) but aside from the roots it was almost completly rotten.
I can't imagine I'm in for some terrible shocks (again, apart from the hurting very badly thing) but by all means, share the stories. Think of it like a geek campfire where we can exchange stories :)