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Teeth extraction for brace recovery time

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Bramblesinforrin Sun 26-Jul-15 09:06:57

Hi all, my ds needs four molars extracting under local anaesthetic so that he can have a brace. He is 15. tips/ experiences of recovery times would be helpful.

soupermum1 Sun 26-Jul-15 14:19:57

Hi my two teens had their teeth removed but it was not done all in one go. They did not tell me that beforehand but it was only when I turned up that I found thTnthey do it in two stages. Otherwise it can be a bit alarming. Dentists, I recently found, find this just as distressing believe it or not. They don't like hurting people. Especially kids. So you might want to ask. You will find that after a couple of days, they don't even think about it. Probably because teenage life is busy in so many other ways. I also remember that the dentist was really strict with my daughter. On extraction day, he said her dental hygiene was not good enough to for her to have a brace and sent her away for another 6 months to think about that! There is a point to this. If they don't keep their teeth clean when they get the brace, staining and further dental problems ensue. Teenagers!

MissDemelzaCarne Sun 26-Jul-15 14:24:48

I was also, shocked to hear it would be done in 2 stages. DD had hers done under sedation (nitrous oxide) and it ended up being done in 3 stages!
She was sore and tired after the appointments but back in school the next day with regular paracetamol and Neurofen for about a week after.

Looby4 Sun 26-Jul-15 14:27:37

DD2 (14) had all four out in one go. She was under LOTS of local anaesthetic and the dentist topped it up during the procedure. She was less nervous than me. She also needed an incision made in the gum to pull out an adult tooth which was in there, but hadn't grown down sad
DD ate a very soft dinner the first evening but was absolutely fine thereafter, no time off school the next day or anything. I dreaded days of pain, infections and dental phobia, but luckily none of this came true. DS1 (12) now needs a more complicated removal of a tooth buried in the gum so I feel more confident now I've seen this once. Good luck.

Looby4 Sun 26-Jul-15 14:28:51

PS DD2 had a removable brace for about 6 months post-extractions before fixed brace went on

soupermum1 Sun 26-Jul-15 14:56:34

Actually, I do remember the funny side although please don't think I'm mean

When my son sat in the chair, the dentist put a metal bib on him and then left the room for a few seconds. My DS asked, what is this for. I said it was where the dentist needed to put his foot when he pulled the teeth out. My DS fortunately shares the same sense of humour. When the dentist returned he was in tears with laughter and the dentist had to wait five minutes until he calmed down. I stood behind the dentist during extraction and I could see by my sons eyes that I had taken his mind off the thought of it all.

I'm afraid I had to be far more sensible when it came to supporting my daughter. Your right though neurofen was recommended and I am sure that they are not supposed to drink loads either after extraction.

Bramblesinforrin Sun 26-Jul-15 17:40:33

Thanks everyone. Gulp.

The orthodontist had said it was to be done in two stages, but the dentist wants to take all four out at once. I am hoping we can actually get a holiday in, but don't want to book any flights before we get the 'all clear' to do so. Fingers crossed - consult next week, extractions in August ...

ppolly Wed 29-Jul-15 20:16:31

I had mine done in two stages under local anaesthetic years ago. the worst bit was seeing my Dfs anxious face. I asked him to stay downstairs for the second lot. It isn't too bad - the injections are the worst bit.

soupermum1 Wed 29-Jul-15 20:58:15

Yes.... I didn't add, that I had the same procedure when I was a child. I really don't remember much about it, which is good news. I have changed dentists recently and have found one who is really genuinely nice. He was the one who explained that dentists get a bit stressed too doing extractions, hence breaking up the treatment. In fact, he told me that he limited how many people he performed this treatment on in one day and planned his day carefully.... Nice chap. Your DS will be fine. Remember to ask about the fluid intake later though. It affects the bleeding I think. My son has fab teeth now though. Tis a good mum who looks after their kids teeth so they look fine when they are older!

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