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Wisdom Tooth Extraction. Please be nice to me. 😷

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Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 17:04:38

I’ve had one out today. It’s been fairly straightforward but I’ve had the gauze in for half an hour or so. Can I take it out?

Can anyone help. I feel grot bags.

Todayissunny Tue 06-Feb-18 17:09:02

No as far as I know that gauze has to stay in.

Dapplegrey Tue 06-Feb-18 17:10:26

You poor thing.
My dentist won't prescribe any painkillers stronger than ibroprofen which had no effect at all when I last had painful dental work. If you are in great pain go to the doctor as they will probably prescribe something to tide you over until the pain stops.

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 17:33:21

Thank you, I have an ice pack applied now.

I have a work presentation on Thursday. Fuck!

NewYearNiki Tue 06-Feb-18 17:36:00


Had mine out 3 months ago. Still not healed yet.

Dry socket, severe infection, nerve pain, etc. It took 3-4 weeks before I felt vaguely normal.

I still have an open hole in my mouth and sensitivity to cold and sweet things.

Id not ice it. It may make it stiff and ache. Heat made mine feel better.

Chrisinthemorning Tue 06-Feb-18 17:37:54

Take the pack out- you should have stopped bleeding by now. Did they give you a spare in case it starts again?
In what way do you feel grotty- are you in pain?

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 17:40:02

nikki oh Christ! Poor you. Can I ask you if yours is a lower or upper tooth?

I’m a bit worried I have been too blasé about the whole thing!

Rtmhwales Tue 06-Feb-18 17:41:23

Mine was absolutely fine and without complications. Didn’t even need ibuprofen. Take the pack out, swish with salt water occasionally and do NOT use a straw for two weeks - can lead to dry socket.

Ellendegeneres Tue 06-Feb-18 17:43:13

I took mine out about 2hours after surgery. I had both upper wisdom teeth removed, and I think I got very lucky- I had quite bad pain on right side for a few weeks but medication otc worked. Aside from that- and getting food lost in my gummy holes for a few weeks (that was downright weird!) I was fine. I was a local anaesthetic I think- I came home and slept, it was best sleep I’d had in ages!

Chrisinthemorning Tue 06-Feb-18 17:43:21

Don’t start the salt water until tomorrow

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 17:43:34

Yes I have a spare pack. Ok I’ll take it out.

I feel so wiped out. But not in much pain as such. Just tired I shook with stress and fear the whole time. I have a terrible fear of the dentists. I know lots of people do

NewYearNiki Tue 06-Feb-18 17:44:13

Both. I had 2 out. One upper and one lower.

The upper one was ok. The lower one was the troublesome one. It was impacted and they had to cut the gum and slice my tooth in bits to get it out. It was complicated and excruciating.

I really wouldnt ice it. You want to keep blood flow to the area not restrict it.

Google dry socket and follow any advice given to avoid it.

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 17:45:53


No ice

No straw

Keep fluids up

Salt water tomorrow rinsing.

NewYearNiki Tue 06-Feb-18 17:46:21

No one told me not to use a straw and I bloody did! angry Got dry socket.....

There is some evidence that too much rinsing can wash the clot out. Not too often and my dentist said tip your head to the side so the salt water goes onto the area, dont gargle it as it is too harsh.

aintnothinbutagstring Tue 06-Feb-18 17:49:21

Is it upper or lower, I had upper wisdom out, took the packing out after a couple of hours. Quite painful in first 24hrs then absolutely fine, healed quite quickly after a bit of tooth shrapnel come out! No problems since, actually was very beneficial for me as it used to get infected lots and then infect my sinuses which was really painful and difficult to get rid of. Heard lower wisdom are more painful to remove but I don't have any as they never erupted.

Canwejustrelaxnow Tue 06-Feb-18 17:50:02

DO NOT USE HEAT IT SPREADS INFECTION. You can use ice to numb the area if it becomes painful. Not too much swishing with salt water. Wash it gently and let it dribble out. Your aim now is to keep hold of the blood clot. After 5 days you can relax!!!

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 17:50:35

No straw is key then

Thanks for all your tips, it’s really helpful.

I’ve had a dentist refuser for years and have had a ton of work done the last couple of weeks as my NY resolution was to conquer the fear. Fear has not been conquered but at least I went!

NewYearNiki Tue 06-Feb-18 17:51:05

I didnt use heat or ice. I just left it.

Canwejustrelaxnow Tue 06-Feb-18 17:52:16

And definitely no smoking.

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 18:08:31

I’m going to pop a diazepam in an hour or two and have an early night.

Ilovechocolatetoomuch Tue 06-Feb-18 19:01:25

Had mine out it was fine. No pain after definitely not compared to the pain before! No smoking and I believe you should leave off rinsing for a while let clot.

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 19:13:19

Yes going to leave the mouth well alone tonight.

Just sipping water.

SoozC Tue 06-Feb-18 19:36:24

Had an upper one out last year, no problems, back to work (I'm a teacher) within the hour (albeit talking a bit funny, but they were reception, they thought it was fascinating!). Mine healed just fine but echo the no straw thing. Take eating easy for a few days, it's easy to forget once the pain's gone that you're missing a tooth!

Atalune Tue 06-Feb-18 20:08:32

Thank you sooz, that’s reassuring!

MrsGrindah Tue 06-Feb-18 20:13:56

Why do straws cause a problem ( just being nosey!)

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