To ask for your wisdom tooth removal stories?(56 Posts)
My dentist told me earlier she was referring me to have my wisdom teeth out under sedation as they’re badly impacted and my jaw is too small to accommodate them.
How bad is it?! Will I have a big swollen moon face after? How long will I need off work? Is it painful?!
I’m a nurse so I’m pretty blasé about most things but I can’t stand anything to do with teeth! Even having my teeth prodded with the metal stick they use in checkups makes my skin crawl 🤢
They usually do them on a Friday so you have the weekend to recover
Didn’t have any swelling
Taking the sticky pad monitor things off was more painful!
Lots of pills and salt wash
Otherwise no bother
I've had all of mine out under sedation (in two batches, one side and then the other)
The op itself was fine, no pain during. It is quite painful afterwards and your mouth is swollen for about a week or so I would say.
Dentist prescribed co-codamol and diclofenac and advised to take regularly even if not in pain. Had a couple of days of feeling very sore but was back at work after a week and so good to be free of the bother my wisdom teeth were giving me!
Buy in lots of soup and some straws!
My twin sister and I had it at the same time after freshman year of university-she woke up in the middle of it I however had to be carried out of the surgical suite at the end of the case! My DH had it in his late 20s and when they brought me back to discuss recovery he was adamant he hadn't had any surgery!
My exH had his wisdom teeth out under sedation, and actually made my then MiL go with him to hold his hand, he was so scared.
It was a doddle, he honestly didn't feel a thing, he was a bit woozy afterwards and we coddled him a bit but it was FINE!
I still have one of his teeth on an earring, a reminder of my "futile youth" and when people say "what's that?" I say "the tooth of the last person who asked me a stupid question"
You will be fine, honestly, and I say this as someone who only goes to the dentist if I can't bear the pain/pull the fucker out myself! I HATE going!
You can do it, and it will save you so much future discomfort. Be brave!
I had one pulled and it was honestly really easy. Over in less than a minute. Healed quickly and had zero pain afterwards. I didn’t get sedated or need stitches, just bog standard anaesthetic via large dentist needle. The injections were the worst part of the whole experience.
I know I need it done, the constant pain and infections are an absolute killer 😭 the thought of waking up or hearing the drilling/cracking sounds at any point puts the fear of god in me though haha!
I had the misfortune of observing an extraction during a theatre placement once and I had to leave the room because I couldn’t bear hearing the noises
I had all four out under general at 11am. By 4pm I was eating toast. I was gutted, no bruises or swelling. I was looking forward to milking it for days but no such luck
I wish I could just have it pulled by the dentist but the roots and impaction are apparently complicated and need surgical intervention
I had two out at the same time while I was 6 months pregnant.
I was in and out within 10 minutes. I had them both under local anaesthetic.
I'd never had an extraction before so I was really nervous, but I did wonder why I was worrying so much once I was out. The pain wasn't that bad either for me.
I’ve had two impacted wisdom teeth removed. The first (about 10 years ago, under a general anaesthetic) went smoothly, a little swelling and the site stayed tender for a few weeks. Went back to work after 4 days off (including the day of the op), but I’m a teacher, so it was definitely a struggle (too much talking!).
Second one was horrific (sorry!). Last year, local without sedation. Didn’t hurt as such, but the drilling/cutting/pulling/wiggling was awful and I was in tears throughout. The lovely dentist kept stopping to check I was okay to carry on (as if I could just stop half way through!) and I must have almost broken the nurse’s hand with the force I was squeezing it.
They had to break the root into two parts to remove it. They do that by drilling a bit, then snapping it. I can still feel the snap vibrating in my skull now. Awful.
I’m still a bit traumatised now and had a cracking bruise along my jawline for a week or so. To top it off, I ended up with dry socket, two more trips to the dentist and another month of intense pain before it started to heal properly.
Hopefully yours will be much smoother than that!
I had mine done at the hospital though, not the dentist
I had mine out in my twenties, plenty of neurogenic and arnica after and it was fine. Much to my male colleagues amazement I went on works night out following evening.
That second one took about 50 minutes to remove. I got the feeling the dentist was struggling a bit. Must have been well-impacted!
Had all mine out under general anesthetic. It was fine.. As previous poster said in on a Friday and back to work by Monday did not lose any weight from lack of food or anything bummer.
Apparently the bottom ones have big roots and that's why they recommend sedation if those are the ones causing trouble.
Best of luck.
@alwaysdancing you’ve just described my worst nightmare!
I bruise so easily and I have a fat face anyway so I’m fully anticipating looking like a piece of Tubby Toast for a few days
Had mine out around 10 years ago but in batches just by injection. But the dentist didn't get one of the routes out and needed it surgically removed and that was the worst but so glad there gone
I was advised to have mine out under general but I refused and they had to do them under local in the dental hospital. They were growing in sideways rather than straight up and down. I had them out in 2 lots, they did each side at a time. It was achy when the anaesthetic wore off for a couple of days and a bit swollen. I had to get stitches when I got the second lot out but not the first which they took out after a few days. It was fine.
Honestly- request a GA and get all four out at once.
I had one out a couple of weeks ago, it was impacted. I just had local anaesthetic but the injections were so painful and she had to do about 6 before everything was properly numb. My heart started racing almost immediately and as she was drilling she caught a nerve and then the tears just started rolling I have no fear of the dentist but for some reason I just had a bad reaction!
Then like a pp I had to have the roots cut in 2 to get the tooth out, the cracking noises were awful I had pain for about 4 days but was able to go back to work on the Monday (it was done on a Fri). Sorry if I've scared you and I wish you the best of luck
I have had one taken out. I spent the weeks leading up to it in constant fear and panic. I cannot stress how anxious I was about it.
Local an. 10 mins in the chair. No pain. Done.
I'd taken family with me for moral support and felt like a fraud. I had the rest of the day off work to recover but really just spent it watching movies and sneaking ice cream in down the good side of my mouth.
No real pain while it healed. Maybe a bit of an ache that evening but otc painkillers took care of it. And I mostly just took them because otherwise it felt like a waste to stock up.
I am honestly not brave or good with pain. I just had a really easy time of it.
Best of luck OP.
I had 3 of mine out under General (I only had 3). The anastetic really knocked me for 6, it was my first time and it actually took me a couple of days to get over that.
The actual extraction - I was fairly swollen for a couple if days and had some bruising, on my chest if I remember rightly.
The pain wasn't too bad the first few days and then I had the most relentless gnawing pain that had me crying and counting down to the next painkiller dose.
If this happens to you go straight back to the dentist. Don't try to muddle through. It is likely to be dry socket and they will pack it with a clove mixture. The relief is instantaneous. Seriously and bad pain go straight back. Dry socket won't get better on its own and it is so easy for the dentist to fix. Don't suffer unnecessarily.
Waiting was the worst. Told to be there by 7.30am and not eat of course. Due to emergencies coming in I didn't go down til 5pm. I was starving.
I was eating a ham sandwich before I even got dressed afterwards. Maybe some very slight swelling but not very noticeable to look at. They gave me painkillers but I forgot to take them the following lunch time and realised that I didn't need the strong stuff anyway, just took ibuprofen for another day.
I have had mines out under sedation, was totally fine, I was conscious but totally away with it.
Don't worry it was honestly no bother at all & mines were all impacted & root issues etc.
I had all 4 plus a back tooth taken out all at once. I was in quite a bit of pain so had to get some strong painkillers. The stitches were irritating and I could only have soup for a week. But it was a relief just to have them out because I'd suffered for years
I had all four out under general anaesthetic, was swollen and very bruised for about three weeks, needed two weeks off work as I felt so I’ll, and developed dry socket in one of the gaps. Glad I had it done as I’d had trouble with them for years but it was a pretty crappy experience.
I will add that they'd tried to do mine just with local first to reduce wait time (I was suffering a lot before they came out) - felt like the dentist was playing tug of war with me (not painful at all because of the numbness, just tugging) and she couldn't get them to budge. As pp said, the noises are horrific!
After that I was fearing the worst for recovery when they eventually did come out. But it was all fine!
I used to work in theatre and had all four teeth removed for impaction in the theatre I worked it. Like younmouth was too small. I was so sore for weeks leading up to it I couldn’t wait to get them out. I was in agony.
Had them out one Friday am. Felt absolutely fine. Went home after lunch and had a McDs on the way home.
Had been given a week off work as they said you’ll be sore.
Never took a painkiller!
I had mine taken out under sedation. It was absolutely fine, don’t remember a thing and had limited bruising which is remarkable given that I bruise easily.
I had two out under general. V painful first night, but not too swollen, then face ached for two weeks, easily controlled with paracetamol, then totally fine. Was so glad to be free of the hassle they caused before they were removed.
I've also been/am being referred to have my lower two removed under sedation. Will I be conscious and just doped up?
I had the top two taken out under local about 10 years ago with no issue and had 2 hours of her digging around in my mouth replacing old fillings this week and am going back for a crown on Tuesday. Not sure why she feels sedation is necessary?
Mine done literally last week (what a valentines). Horizontal bony impaction with a general anaesthetic at the local dental hospital. Took a long time to book surgery as needed a cone beam CT (tooth bang on the nerve), but they managed to get it all out.
Day of op was grim (hangry) but fine. Day after (Friday) also ok as had plenty of co-codamol as PP recommended, but swelling started.
Sat and sun the worst, bad swelling and purple bruising. Worked at home Monday and Tues - brain functioning but looked far too horrific for the office.
Pain hasn’t been awful despite the invasive nature of the op - I was high risk and quite a bit of bone taken. Stopped co-codamol after 3 days as recommended and managed on ibuprofen / paracetamol combo.
A week on, there’s light bruising and swelling which even good concealer can’t disguise but minimal pain. The worst bit is the incredibly dull mushy diet you have to eat. My stitches are still in, so more yoghurt, soup and over cooked pasta for a few days
Bottom ones are a lot more difficult to remove than top.
Sedation is good, think I had a wee dose but mostly awake.
I’d ask for a general to avoid hearing any of the aforementioned noises but the only general I’ve ever had made me violently sick! My top two haven’t properly begun to erupt yet, annoyingly, as I’d prefer to just have all four out and be done with it as pp suggested.
I hope I get a sticker after
I had one taken out last summer and one 2 years ago. Partial sedation for both. I was unaware of anything! The first time I had a major fit of the giggles after! Both times I only needed paracetamol (also had paramol on standby!). No swelling or any real pain. Was groggy for a day or 2. Perfectly fine by day 3. You'll be fine!
I was advised no driving, use of machinery/cooking etc for 24 hours so made the most of having husband waiting on me for 2 days!
I’m retired now, but I used to regularly anaesthetise the oral surgery list for wisdom teeth removal at my hospital. When I needed my own wisdom teeth out, I did the first three patients, then climbed on the table myself and got mine out under local.
I then went to the recovery room to check my patients. Because my mouth was numb with long acting local, I was lisping, mumbling and drooling. The patients looked askance, probably thinking I was drunk! I explained I’d just had my teeth out the same as them, albeit without a GA, and they were thunderstruck - I think they thought I was joking!
You’ll be fine, OP. If your roots were horribly difficult they’d book you for a GA. If they’re just going for local and sedation that suggests they’re not too bad. You’ll need pain killers for a couple of days and a soft diet, but mouths heal up very quickly.
One lower impacted tooth removed under a local.
Really not that bad. Impressive bruising down my neck (the nerves apparently) but no problems eating soup and soft pasta for a couple of days a couple of days off work. I'd been in far more pain when it was causing problems in my jaw.
I'd have the others out in a heartbeat if they'd let me.
@Babdoc the extent of the complicated root situation is currently unknown: I’m going back to see my dentist next Wednesday with a CD of the X-rays I had done at the hospital. She only took mini X-rays herself so she’s going to have a look at the roots in more detail on the whole mouth X-ray and plan what happens from there.
Dry socket sounds utterly foul and makes me heave just thinking about it!
I had all 4 out under sedation.
Had them out on a Friday, was swollen but pain free at work by Monday.
I looked like quagmire from family guy, the bottom of my face was puffy and swollen, but the pain killers did the job.
I had mine out years and years ago and no longer remember any of the details-- except that it wasn't that bad, really. (But I'm lucky to not have a fear of dentists/tooth stuff, generally.)
If it's the possible sounds that you're dreading, I wonder if it would be possible for you to have ear buds in and listen to music or an audio book to help distract you and mask the sounds of the procedure. Maybe it wouldn't be allowed, if they need to communicate with you at all, but it's worth asking, if you think it could help.
I had bottom right one out a few years ago under a local. Was a simple procedure, took about half an hour or so as it was impacted and they had to cut it into pieces but I felt nothing apart from a lot of pressure.
The recovery was easy, took painkillers for a few days.
But unfortunately I developed TMJ from the procedure. I am hyper mobile and they think that as the tooth was so difficult to extract and the dentist had to apply a lot of pressure it stretched/damaged a ligament and the disc in my jaw now displaces. It’s incredibly painful when it flares up and i have some pain daily. I think I was very unlucky but just a warning to check that your dentist doesn’t apply too much pressure and gives you breaks to close your mouth of it takes too long. Reading the past posts though I think I was unlucky 😢
My brother had his out. I was all set to play nurse, make him little tempting treats, fetch him things with him huddled in bed feeling sorry for himself... Nope, he was right as rain, sitting at his computer gaming without a care in the world a few hours later! I was quite annoyed.
My dentist said he would do it under local - but my lower two were very long
I didn't fancy that
I then went to a lot of dentists until I found one that referred me to a hospital with a good dental service
So I had all four done under general
When I woke up, my chest really hurt and I was covered in iodine still
Turned out they had to put a knee on my chest to pull out both bottom ones as they curled at the root
I just thank my lucky stars I hadn't started to have it done in a dental chair
I had mine out top ones ones one week one the next under a local. The noise and the pressure are sickening but was totally fine. Felt a bit of a fraud having day off work. I spent it stripping wallpaper!!
All four of mine were impacted. I had minimal swelling and pain. I threw up a little blood when I got home. I had it Friday and I was back to work Monday.
I was referred to have all 4 out, but they only took the top two in the end, under sedation. Amazingly, it didn’t hurt at all afterwards, I had a subway on the way home, and didn’t need painkillers at all.
I don’t remember a thing about mine, but the pain afterwards was quite significant because one of the teeth was so impacted and I needed several stitches as a result. Pain relief was good and I was fully recovered after two weeks. I took three days off work having had the procedure on the Monday. I didn’t have a moon face, or any noticeable external swelling. I felt much better once everything had settled down as the lower teeth had been extremely problematic, which prompted the referral. Good luck!
I had one out at the hospital under local. Half way through the dentist said "hmmmm, might have been better to do surgical, never mind, we'll crack on" ... and crack on they did, I thought she was going to pull my head off! I was bruised & swollen for days, then developed dry socket despite being meticulous in my after care. Was a torture I wouldn't wish on anyone. Took over 3 months for me to heal completely. The other one needs to come out now & it will be done under GA!
Good luck, most go much more smoothly
I had badly impacted partially erupted wisdome teeth (that one of also turned out to be infected.. surgeon said they tossed up whether to go ahead eith surgery). Had them out in the chair under twilight sedation (your out of it, but not fully under). Proceedure took under 40 mins and I dont remember a thing... just coming round feeling cold and having a giggling fit over who knows what. Days after amazingly didn't swell up or have any bruising. Pain was actually pretty minimal suprisingly, was given strong painkillers but only ended up using 2 of them, rest was just over the counter stuff. Hardest part was eating (didn't do much of that but had to for antibiotic course) and rinsing my mouth out as I was paranoid of dry socket. Surgeon gave me a note for a week off of work... which I happily had sitting around watching trashy tv! Try not to let peoples stories scare you too much as we are all different and you may have a not so bad time like me!
I had all 4 out under GA. The pads were a bit chokey when I came round, but my brother had taken his out himself when he had his done and then had ended up voming bloody clots so I was ok to keep them on as long as needed.
I was eating toast the next morning, had two bruises and a moon face for about a week - tbh it didn't hurt much afterwards, the GA was the worst bit. As I said, my brother did the vomiting thing but he chucks up at anything anyway, so GA plus bleeding just made it more dramatic. He's also got a clicky jaw from where it was dislocated. He didn't have the bruises or moon face though, so swings and roundabouts
Had one non impacted wisdom tooth out 20 days ago with sedation. It was bloody brilliant. I didn't notice a thing and I'm a crappy patient who goes to a phobia centre dentists
Had no swelling or pain or any problems at all - literally just took one paracetamol when I got home and was fine. Did have stitches though but hadn't a clue they were going in. Don't remember any sound or any tugging. Easy!
I had all four impacted wisdom teeth out under general anaesthetic as a day patient in hospital, 20 years ago. It was fine apart from infection in one site afterwards which hurt like hell and got antibiotics and stronger painkillers. Wouldn't have liked to go through it twice so get them all done at the same time if you can.
All the best.
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