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Wisdom tooth extraction. How many days off?

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Stickerrocks Mon 31-Aug-15 23:00:23

I'm a very nervous dental patient, so I'm having my lower right wisdom tooth taken out under sedation on Thursday. I've got the day off on Friday & I have cover for work on Sunday, but for various reasons I can't take the day off on Saturday. My problem is that I speak for a living and I will need to talk throughout a 7 hour period. People are relying on me, so I really don't want to let them down, but am I deluded to think I can cope on Saturday?

Palomb Mon 31-Aug-15 23:15:08

I think bottom wisdom teeth are harder to get out than top ones so my experience might not count but when I had my top one out I was at the dentist first thing in the morning and then at work straight away on the phones and it was absolutely fine.. The extraction and the talking!

Stickerrocks Mon 31-Aug-15 23:22:22

Thanks Palomb. I think I'm more worried about going back to work than the op itself. Some of the stories I've heard are horrendous.

Girlsville Tue 01-Sep-15 18:13:54

Your dentist should advise. It will depend on whether it is impacted etc. I had two wisdoms teeth out last year. The top one was fine - op took 15 min and I was back at work the next day. The bottom one was deep and impacted. Debtist told me I would need at least a week off work. I did not believe her based on the first tooth but she was right. The surgery was horrendous - took 1.5 hours and I was off work for a week (and could happily have been off for a bit longer). Good luck.

Stickerrocks Tue 01-Sep-15 19:57:13

Girlsville I shall add yours to my list of horror stories. Ouch! They've said that days 3 & 4 will be grim and advised me to have a few days off, but it's simply not feasible.

Girlsville Tue 01-Sep-15 20:09:45

If it is at all possible you should really take time off. With my first tooth it was no bother but the second one was just a different story. I was knocked out for 3 days on v strong painkillers. Did not mean to scare you , sorry!!! Good luck and hope all goes well

girlandboy Tue 01-Sep-15 20:14:29

I can only add that having one of my top wisdom teeth out was a breeze. It doesn't always have to be grim. But as others have said, it depends on whether it's impacted or not.
I just had some jabs with mine, a bit of pushing and pulling and out it came. It bled for about 12 hours or so (a minor dribble) but I felt fine.

But then again, I didn't have to be sedated for mine, so it's a bit different. I hope all goes well for you.

Stickerrocks Wed 02-Sep-15 12:07:56

Just been told that my neighbour was back at work with a few painkillers the next day. Let's hope I have the constitution of an ox!

patterkiller Wed 02-Sep-15 12:14:12

My experience was about ten years ago and they took all four out under general. I was very swollen and sickly for a good few days, I really don't think I could of gone back to work so soon.

I think with this kind of thing you really won't know until you have gone through it. Everyone's experience is a bit different.

Cheesybaps Wed 02-Sep-15 12:15:19

I had 2 impacted wisdom teeth out under GA recently. I had the following day off work as I was still drowsy (op in the evening), but was back to work the following day with no problems. I didn't actually have any pain or swelling afterwards at all.

Good luck!

m0therofdragons Wed 02-Sep-15 12:16:29

I had mine out late morning and took the rest of the day off but was back to work the next morning. It was a bit sore but not bad enough to take any more time off.

BathshebaDarkstone Wed 02-Sep-15 12:16:47

I didn't have any days off! hmm

AMonsterInParis Wed 02-Sep-15 12:26:32

I had 2 of my wisdom teeth out last year under sedation. Op was at 2pm and was home by teatime (hour long drive home). I had no pain at all afterwards, just swelling and a bit of jaw ache! The main thing for me was the bleeding. It continued for a few hours afterwards, and a little the next morning, but I managed to accompany my DH to the hospital and ate normally that day. A little woozy from the sedation, but is normal for me to be a bit out of it the day after. The day after that I was fine, aside from jaw ache. I think it depends on how it goes. I also had to have stitches in the top which irritated me a bit, but dissolved after a week. I think if you can, you should take the Saturday off as even though I managed to carry on with normal stuff from the day after, I longed to just go and lie down with a book to rest for a bit!

Hope it goes well!

AMonsterInParis Wed 02-Sep-15 12:29:00

Good for you, Bathsheba...

worldgonecrazy Wed 02-Sep-15 12:29:35

I had four impacted, taken out under GA. I had to have two weeks off work, though I did try and return to work the following day. I'm not normally a wimp about these things either, but it did knock me around more than I thought. I could speak though, so that wasn't an issue.

bruffin Wed 02-Sep-15 12:41:02

DD 17 had an impacted tooth removed under GA last year and was begging to go to her volunteer job the next day, so she went. She was slightly rosy cheeked but that was it. She had bone removed as the tooth was very low down and growing into her wisdom tooth so involved the removal of bone . She was eating chips that night. Some people seem to suffer, others dont.

Stickerrocks Wed 02-Sep-15 19:00:45

After all that, they've just left a voicemail to say they've had to cancel.

AMonsterInParis Wed 02-Sep-15 21:06:45

Oh no! Do they say how long to get another appointment?

ExConstance Thu 03-Sep-15 14:18:37

One of my colleagues has just had one out, she took one day for the extraction and was back as normal with little discomfort the following day.
DH had all of his out and didn't take another day off.

WipsGlitter Thu 03-Sep-15 14:21:03

Do you have to pay for wisdom tooth extraction?

ChilliAndMint Thu 03-Sep-15 14:37:51

Upper wisdom teeth are rarely a problem, however my lower ones took an hour each to remove ( separate appointments) and I was in pain for days.

A lot depends on your age and the actual roots and compaction. you dentist should be able to prescribe a strong pain killer.

All the best for Saturday.

Stickerrocks Thu 03-Sep-15 14:47:09

Called them at 8 this morning to rearrange after yesterday's cancellation voicemail, only to be told they were still expecting me at 8.30. Mad dash to the hospital - not good for a nervous patient! They ticked me off for having a drink last night, despite me explaining that THEY had cancelled. Luckily they still went ahead.

Now I'm oozing blood & have managed to let a milky way melt in my mouth. It's my top jaw & ear that hurt most so far. I've had anadin extra & some arnica tablets. Ooouuuucchhhh!

Stickerrocks Thu 03-Sep-15 14:50:55

wipsglitter You have to pay a standard nhs fee if your dentist does it in their surgery, but it's free in hospital if it's too complicated for a dental surgery or if you're likely to completely freak out & they have to sedate you (like me).

WipsGlitter Thu 03-Sep-15 15:09:07

Thanks. I suspect they're impacted. confused

Nonnainglese Thu 03-Sep-15 15:13:12

I had all four impacted ones out under general, stayed in overnight and went back to work (student nurse) the following day hmm

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