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I had all 4 taken out at the same time and because I was such a nervous wreck had a general anaesthetic. I didn't go to hospital but went to a dental surgery clinic. didn't have black eyes and you don't notice the stitches. I felt pretty rough for a few days after, but not as bad as i had for the whole year before trying to fight infections.
But don't think the worst, they may come through OK ,best just get them checked and if you aren't happy with what the dentist says go and see another one.
I've got three wisdom teeth "partially erupted". One is sideways. Every now and then they hurt a bit although not massively - very occasionally I'll take a painkiller for them. Every dentist I've had up until the current one has said "we'll have to take them out" and I've replied "but they're not bothering me" and politely refused. Current dentist said "are they bothering you" to which my answer was no. So dentist says to leave them unless they show signs of being infected when they will start to bother me. Apparently it is likely they will get infected at some stage so perhaps I should think about scheduling a good time to have them done before this happens (ie when I'm still on my post maternity freebie ) but somehow I think I'll just put it off .... like Aimsmum - not that I'm particularly scared of the dentist - I just remember seeing my sister after she had hers out and would rather avoid it if I can.