Everyone has a wisdom tooth story. Here's mine.

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  1. Maniac Craniac

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    TLDR version: I survived and am recovering splendidly. :icon16:

    'I got nothin else to do right now, so I'll just read the whole thing' version:

    I just experienced my first wisdom tooth extraction this week. I was extremely nervous because I have heard dozens of horror stories and the potential risks sounded terrifying.

    When the oral surgeon came to check my x-ray, she immediately said "UH OH!" which, as you can imagine, didn't help to settle my nerves in the slightest :D She explained, and pointed out, that my tooth was embedded deep into the bone. So deep, in fact, that she had trouble seeing what the root structure of the tooth was by looking at the x-ray alone. She gave me the heads up that it might be an especially complicated procedure and that there was a very good chance that I might be left with broken roots permanently left behind embedded into the bone.

    However, when it came time to actually do the pulling, WHOOOP! It slipped right out without any difficulty at all. It turns out that all of the roots were fused together in a single solid cluster. The shape reminded me of a home made popsicle mold, like one of these http://wishfulchef.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/HomemadeStrawberryYogurtPopsicles1.jpg so instead of having to jangle and pry, it slid out cleanly and with very minimal trauma.

    I've had a lot of dental issues over the years, but this is the one time where I actually feel extremely lucky. I didn't feel even a lick of pain and didn't even have any use for the oxycodone (sold more famously under the brand name Percocet) I was prescribed and will be able to keep the entire bottle to use in a few weeks when I get my next two wisdom teeth removed. So, I get to save a little bit of money and reduce my use of a potentially addictive medication.

    Aside from the swelling, everything feels fine. A boring story, I guess, compared to what others have gone through. Maybe some of you can spice this thread up with your own tales of blood and guts :toothache:
     
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    Good for you! I still have my wisdom teeth. My jaw is big enough to support them! Glad you are feeling ok. Keep the percocet just in case though. Don't worry, you won't get instantly addicted or anything, especially since it sounds like you don't have an addictive personality.
     
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    I had most of mine out when I was 19. I say most because the bottom left site didn't fully heal until a few months later after I dug out a piece they missed with a mechanical pencil in my car at forty miles an hour.

    "And that, kids, is the time your dad was his own oral surgeon!"
     
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    You dug it yourself? Damn!
     
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    If you think that's amazing, let me tell you about the time I had a stye....
     
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    Please share! I kind of have an idea of what a stye is, but i am too lazy right now to look it up! He he!
     
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    As everyman knoweth, a stye is where pygges lived, in the tyme of Geoffrey Chaucer. Verily I saye, 'tis trewe. :smile:

    Seriously, my wisdom tooth tale is pretty dull. 40-odd years ago, my dentist looked at the X-ray and said "those wisdom teeth will never bother you -- they're soooo deep." Two weeks later, one was bothering me. I was prepared for the worst, but straight out it came - with a root about four millimeters long - all of 3/16 of an inch as Americans measure it. Tiny thing!

    The dentist was right about the other one. 40+ years later I still have it. No problems.

    J.

    * Abner, I just couldn't resist that. A stye is an infection, like a small, painful boil, that is close to the eye - usually on the lower lid. Very bothersome - and quite common.
     
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    One of my remaining wisdom teeth has become infected. I was planning on getting it removed when I have some more time off, but I now have to get it, and the one above it, removed much sooner.

    So, sometime next week, I will have a TWO wisdom teeth extraction story to share.

    I'm amazed that I went this long without an infection on the tooth and NOW, when I just finished spending thousands on root canals and crowns, it decides to act up and forces me to miss at least 1 day of work.
     
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    Damn! That sucks
     
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    Both my sister and my brother in law had instruments break inside the root canals! They have to do surgery to get the out now.l
     
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    That's unfortunate when that happens, but it's not uncommon and there are time-tested procedures to get that taken care of. The instruments used in root canals are, naturally, very fine in diameter. They have to be in order to fit deep into the canals. Given how fine they are, they have less mass for protection from breaking.

    In other words, it sucks, but it's not necessarily a serious problem and it's not necessarily due to malpractice. If they have good dentists, they should be just fine soon enough.

    After all the time I've been to the dentist recently, I guess I've become pretty knowledgeable about dentistry, as far as a layperson is concerned that is. :wink1:
     
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    I have had three or four root canals and and have never had an instrument broke off in my tooth. Twice is a row seems a bit much.
     

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