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CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Thu 21-May-15 12:49:07

Had recurrent cases of pericoronitis in a wisdom tooth and dentist said "no more antibiotics, its coming out"

Its a lower one in perfectly good condition but a little bit of it is stuck under the gum and I keep needing antibiotics for it (3 times in one year)

Dentist said it should be fine for him to do himself just under local anaesthetic. Its in two weeks and I'm shitting it!

So tell me.... How bad really is having a wisdom tooth out wide awake? sad

MarthaCostello Thu 21-May-15 12:53:51

No idea, but I think I might need this done soon as I have a similar problem with one of my bottom wisdom teeth, so I shall lurk here with you smile

I've not had any tooth issues before, but I did once have surgery on my mouth under local anaesthetic. It wasn't bad at all. Hopefully tooth extraction would be the same smile

CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Thu 21-May-15 12:56:03

I've had a lot done about 8 fillings and one root canal under twilight and local, but the idea of something fixed into my jaw being yanked out is freaking me out (especially when its one of few teeth I have that aren't filled haha. My teeth are made of polestirine I'm sure!

Sanityseeker75 Thu 21-May-15 12:57:47

I had my 2 bottom removed - went to hospital to have it done as they had to remove part of my jaw at the same time because they were growing the wrong way and roots were complicated. It freaked the surgeon out because I wanted to be awake and he was a bit concerned about having the tools on my chest why I was awake bt told him I really was fine with it.

It was a bit noisy and the bone crunch of my jaw was a bit eek but honestly never felt a thing - anesthetic started wearing of on last 2 stitches but that was not as much as a pinch as the original injections to numb the area - I got up and went shopping straight after because I felt fine.

That was my silly mistake - next day it was very achy and swollen but then it was to be expected and the recovery isn't nice but then exactly the same as if I had been put under so I would definitely say to keep up pain killers and rest lots after but I would do it again awake. I have never had to be put under though and to me that is far more scary.

sconequeen Thu 21-May-15 12:59:25

I had a wisdom tooth taken out under a local. It was no problem at all having it extracted, and I just took paracetamol for a day or so afterward with no pain.

However, when my friend had hers taken out under LA, the dentist ended up just about kneeling on her chest to extract it and her mouth was very sore for days. (There were apparently problems with the root.)

My sister had to have hers taken out under a GA in hospital because it was impacted. She needed painkillers and a bag of frozen peas available for a couple of days afterwards.

I think it depends how confident you are in believing your dentist when he says he can deal with it himself. Mine said he didn't think it would be a problem, and it wasn't.

Good luck!

Solo Thu 21-May-15 13:02:11

Ouch! sad I've had this painful condition for years; it's not pleasant is it! but I have generally used lavender oil around the area of gum until it's cleared up (but I seem to have a gap that I can get a cotton bud into to do that). I would be very reluctant to have it removed.
Hope it goes ok for you. thanks

CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Thu 21-May-15 13:02:13

Mine is impacted too but he never mentioned that being an issue.

He's a private dentist and his speciality is implants , he's a dental surgeon so I guess he's more used to it that your average dentist.

All his other work has been good. Tool broke off in my root canal lol but he warned me before hand that key happen, so he left behind an extra gift lol

sconequeen Thu 21-May-15 13:10:09

I think that if you were OK with the other work he has done then the wisdom tooth extraction should hopefully be fine too.

Give him a ring if you are worried though.

RB68 Thu 21-May-15 13:27:32

I was about 22 when had two upper ones removed in the chair under local. Would have been OK but for hooked roots on the teeth (Literally right angles) but whilst I was sore for recovery it was OK in the scheme of things. I drove home afterwards and collected brother from school etc so was compus mentus. I do remember being very bruised around the jaw from all the twisting and pulling though.

CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Thu 21-May-15 13:27:51

They know I'm worried. They said they will prescribe me some pills for before hand. Dentist is very matter of fact he won't say "don't worry all will be fine" he'll say " goes fine most of the time I always do my best" haha

badRoly Thu 21-May-15 13:30:09

I had 1 of mine out about 2 weeks before our wedding 15 years ago.

From memory, it was a relief after the recurring infection and misery that caused. Certainly I had no problems by the time of our wedding so presumably it healed quickly!

I then had the other 3 out under general about 18mths later (had a baby in between) and can't remember any problems then either smile

YellowTulips Thu 21-May-15 13:31:36

The actual extraction wasn't that bad. Sensation of tugging and it was a bit uncomfortable opening my mouth very wide but certainly not painful.

Having said that, when the anaesthetic wore off a few hours later it was very sore. My jaw was a bit (not massively) swollen.

All that said, over the counter painkillers kept the discomfort to a tolerable level and in a week I was fine.

VelvetRose Thu 21-May-15 13:34:02

I had one done at the dentist and the others taken out at the hospital. It wasn't too bad op to be honest, a lot better than getting constant infections though, that's for sure!

AwakeCantSleep Thu 21-May-15 13:34:20

I had all four wisdom teeth removed in one go under local anaesthetic a few years ago. I was so scared but it only took 20 minutes and I was done. A little swelling and bruising, but I managed fine on some painkillers. Mine were an easy case though (no twisted/corkscrew roots). They had to come out because they were half buried in the gum and I couldn't reach them with the toothbrush properly, so I had developed tooth decay which was threatening neighbouring teeth.

Good luck OP, in all likelihood you'll be fine. You only ever hear about the horror stories from friends, never about the easy cases.

Aked Thu 21-May-15 13:41:57

I had a molar out a week ago. I had a feeling the dentist would recommend it, but didn't think she would do it in an appointment! Probably it was a good thing as I didn't stand a chance of backing out.

Local injections hurt like hell, after that she just wrenched it out..... I've been taking nurofen or paracetamol every day up until today, when the inflammation is going down and it is vaguely achey, but not enough to warrant pain relief.

My main problem now is reminding myself not to stick my tongue in the hole in public - weird face alert!

It's really not so bad as you imagine.

MrsMonkeyBear Thu 21-May-15 13:44:33

Had both an upper and lower wisdom tooth removed under LA.

upper one was fine, went out after, ate sushi and bought an iPad as a wee treat.

Lower one was a surprise. Went expecting a filling but my dentist thought it would save me hassle in the future. I had to stop half way through for extra anaesthetic but went home comfortably numb.

hellsbellsmelons Thu 21-May-15 13:56:16

I had 3 of mine out under local and 2 needed the gum to be cut to get to them properly.
All good TBH. No problems at all.
But I'm an ex dental nurse so know all the horror stories of having teeth out under general so no way was I doing that!

mrsfuzzy Thu 21-May-15 14:02:27

don't worry it 'll be fine yes, that's all very well but you remove teeth every day, and i'm a worried patient. if you are very nervous can he send you to a sedative dentist ? they use a drug that keeps you awake but you don't remember the work being done during or afterwards. my dc 1 has dental phobia and this treatment works really well.

ProfessionalPencilSharpener Thu 21-May-15 14:06:38

I've had all four of my wisdom teeth out at the same time. Please don't be worried! It was nowhere near as bad as I'd imagined it to be. Injections were fine and I actually found it quite easy to ignore what was happening and watch the goings on around me. There was a bit of tugging, but it was over before I knew it, and I've never had any problems or infections. Jaw felt enourmous, but that wore off quickly and the swelling wasn't even that noticeable. I just gargled frequently with salt water as advised and within a couple of days it all felt just fine. Good luck! smile

Wittynewnameifonly Thu 21-May-15 14:08:56

I had the bottom two out under general as they needed to cut the bone but had the top two out one at a time under local anaesthetic.

The worst thing is that they really do tug hard and I do remember seeing the dentist's arm muscles in action. It doesn't actually hurt through as long as they use enough anaesthetic.

Not ideal and I'd rather not have to have it done again but it really wasn't that bad. And I am someone who hates the dentist and is shaky even after a standard checkup or small filling.

CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Thu 21-May-15 19:54:03

Thanks everyone! Solo I missed your message earlier. I agree I don't want it out because there's nothing wrong with the tooth but I've already had 3 courses of antibiotics in a year, and being only 27 I don't really want to build up a tolerance.

Mrs fuzzy - I had 7 fillings done under twilight/sedative. The only dentist the NHS could refer me to what a rickety old shed in Manchester, I remember chocking half way through and being held over the chair, recovery was horrible, my dad drove me and informed me later that they only took 30 mins on me. When I finally went private it turned out all the fillings in them had holes and gaps and I ended up needing deeper fillings and an extraction and a root canal.


But the wisdom tooth is just send in me potty, its so big and stable and secure I can't imagine the effort needed to get It out and I can't exactly say stop half way though.

All this fuss over a tooth you wouldn't think I gave birth without any drugs in Jan.... Bloody wimp!!

IonaNE Thu 21-May-15 20:06:54

I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth out in my 20s at my request under LA (not at the same time). No problems at all. Much better to get rid of them as soon as they are sufficiently out to make the extraction possible.

TheOriginalWinkly Thu 21-May-15 20:12:36

I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed under local when I was 17. The relief from the pain was incredible. Took the next day off school because I could but actually was fine. Had the other two removed in my early 30s, out under local in the morning, took my 4 year old nephew iceskating that afternoon. Absolutely fine.

CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Thu 21-May-15 20:20:53

I wish I had toothache so it made the decision somewhat easier like the other extraction I had! The pericoronitis isnt even much of a bit her, just sore and swollen,but now he is refusing to prescribe more antibiotics obviously it would turn into a full blown infection next time.

HayDayRookie Thu 21-May-15 20:35:22

Had my wisdom tooth out last week, it went brilliant. Took paracetamol after,but never felt any discomfort. Good luck

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