Need Advice....Wisdom Teeth

  1. I don't like this topic one bit.

    I have all 4 of my wisdom teeth still in. I will be 30 in January. 3 of them are still impacted but the one is coming in. I noticed it painlessly coming in about a year ago, then it stopped progressing. I had gone to the dentist and he recommended it getting removed. Well, I am not for any type of invasive procedure unless it is absolutely, positively necessary. And...the hygienist also agreed - why fix something that isn't broken? So, I left them in.

    8 months ago it started to hurt. The gum around it was tender. I used some oral benzocaine for a while and then...the pain stopped.

    Now, the pain is back again. It appears to be more sore than that last time, but again, I look at it and there doesn't appear to be any evidence of mayhem back there - just tender gums from it breaking through (obviously). The tooth itself does not hurt, my surrounding teeth do not hurt, just the gums where it's coming in. Again, I am applying benzocaine and taking ibuprofen. I hoping it just goes away.

    But people I talk to keep saying I should get them pulled, they will get infected, etc. Both my parents have their wisdom teeth without problems. The point is - I don't want them pulled! I don't want to go through the procedure, the pain, and the time off I'll have to take. I might get dry socket (ouch!) or worse yet - nerve damage as the other 3 are still impacted!!!

    Has anyone gone through wisdom teeth coming in with some pain and them NOT having them pulled and everything being normal?? Please say it's so.

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  3. by   prn nurse
    I have heard a bit of food can get trapped under there and cause a problem. I'd do it and get it done before starting a family etc.

    When my eldest has his done, he went to an oral surgeon. He reclined, received intravenous valium, etc.,,,woke up, never even knew it was over,,,,,asked, "haven't they started yet?" Took pain pills for 2 days and that was it.

    When I had mine done, I went to a doc who specializes in wisdom teeth, a specialist, forget his title...ditto....no problems.I.V. meds, and a little gas initially.
  4. by   nursejws
    I've never had any problems with my wisdom teeth and I'm 31. I might get some sore gums occasionally...usually I don't because I massage my gums when I brush my teeth. Okay, that sounds weird, the side effects of this medicine I take could cause my gums to recede, and the pharmacist advised me to massage my gums when I brush my teeth. So far, so good.

    I agree with you...why go through all of that if you don't want them pulled and they are not causing you any problems, other than sore gums.
  5. by   prn nurse
    Both of us... BIG DOCTOR FEES....in the thousands of dollars...and insurance does not cover anywhere near all of it, and since we aren't illegal uncitizens, we both had to work and work to pay the bills....no handouts for us.
  6. by   Q.
    prn-

    I never even thought of cost. What the heck? How much does it ******* cost? Is it considered elective or what?? I don't even know if my insurance will pay for it or not...


    Jeeez.
  7. by   tiger
    i had no pain at all but the dentist noticed them coming in on x-ray and recommended them removed cause they were going to crowd my other teeth. my insurance paid for all. took percodan for the first day and then one the following day and that was it. still have a hole there but it has caused no problem. good luck miss suzy!
    Last edit by tiger on Jun 28, '02
  8. by   CashewLPN
    get them out!!!
    I'm paying for not doing it about every 3 weeks...
    see-- I had 2 pulled, both on the left side about 3 years ago... mind you, it relieved alot of pain, and stopped my teeth from being made very crooked, as the wisdom teeth were pusing everythign out of whack..I left the other 2 in... it was fine until about 6 months ago when the ones on the right broke through... on their sides....
    now, its almost always very painfully infected(which is something I wouldnt wish on my worst enemy... always swollen, and apparantly draining something that tastes bad... and I'm always on abx for it... but, it never really goes away... or, if it does, it always ends up re-infected the day before I'm to have them pulled...), and I am utterly terrified of the dentist....
    \
    best advice is go to a good oral surgeon who isint afraid to dope you out of the situation...
    oh.... and bring a friend.
    good luck!
    --Barbara
  9. by   ziggyRn
    really pleased i did it.
    Ist one done years ago...cost NZ$60. Sore and a bit impacted..found a dentist good with nervous patients [not my usual one]...a bit of local, and he pulled it out..easy.
    Some years later, tired of recurrent discomfort, low grade temps...and quite possibly unnecessary stress on immune system.
    Anyway, three jabs of local...real easy, regular dentist, only about NZ$300.
    My point is, you don't need an oral surgeon [probably not] or IV sedation etc. Not unless you want it to cost $$$
    No time off work, even ate normally both evenings after extractions. NO SWEAT. Zig.
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I'd get them out susy. You can ask the dentist, but I don't see why they wouldn't cover it.

    Had my first 2 wisdom teeth out in high school - didn't hurt, no extractions necessary, there just isn't enough room in my mouth for them (I know I know - as big as it is!)

    Had the last 2 done about a year or 2 ago by an oral surgeon. Those guys are soooo NOT afraid of knocking your butt out! I refused, made it with a Motrin 800mg that night, and never had a problem. I would go with something a little more heavy in the sedation department if they're gonna have to be cut out though (if they're not all the way in).

    I survived on a diet of slurpees and cigarettes, and never had a problem with dry socket.

    I had to pay for the second set to come out. It was $285, but that was without anything other than 2 local numbing agents. Took him 5 minutes. That's like $3,420 per hour. Perhaps we chose the wrong career.

    Good luck to you!

    Heather
  11. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Susy K
    I don't like this topic one bit.

    I have all 4 of my wisdom teeth still in. I will be 30 in January. 3 of them are still impacted but the one is coming in. I noticed it painlessly coming in about a year ago, then it stopped progressing. I had gone to the dentist and he recommended it getting removed. Well, I am not for any type of invasive procedure unless it is absolutely, positively necessary. And...the hygienist also agreed - why fix something that isn't broken? So, I left them in.

    8 months ago it started to hurt. The gum around it was tender. I used some oral benzocaine for a while and then...the pain stopped.

    Now, the pain is back again. It appears to be more sore than that last time, but again, I look at it and there doesn't appear to be any evidence of mayhem back there - just tender gums from it breaking through (obviously). The tooth itself does not hurt, my surrounding teeth do not hurt, just the gums where it's coming in. Again, I am applying benzocaine and taking ibuprofen. I hoping it just goes away.

    But people I talk to keep saying I should get them pulled, they will get infected, etc. Both my parents have their wisdom teeth without problems. The point is - I don't want them pulled! I don't want to go through the procedure, the pain, and the time off I'll have to take. I might get dry socket (ouch!) or worse yet - nerve damage as the other 3 are still impacted!!!

    Has anyone gone through wisdom teeth coming in with some pain and them NOT having them pulled and everything being normal?? Please say it's so.

    SuzyK...on the average...MOST people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted BEFORE they turn 30. I did, hubby did, kids did, friends did...and the oral surgeon who pulled mine out in my late twenties, said that seems to be the rule of thumb because those are teeth we do NOT need...so why are they there??? :chuckle
    Get them out. The procedure isn't as bad as you think. Have it done on an early Friday morning when you have the entire weekend to rest, and by Monday, you can safely return to work. I was put to sleep for the removal of mine because that was how it was done many moons ago. Today, I think you have a choice of being novacained to death, or put to sleep during the procedure...more than likely depends on how good your insurance is...or NOT! :kiss
  12. by   aimeee
    Suzy, even if there ARE some folks out there with their wisdom teeth still in and not causing any problems, that doesn't tell you anything about your situation. Everybody's mouth is different. If you elect to leave them in, I hope you are one of the lucky ones whose mouth is large enough to accomodate them without compromising the health of your other teeth.
  13. by   semstr
    Suzy out with them! You'll be a wize enough lady without them, LOL!

    I had a very nice visit with the oral surgeon last monday............ had a cyste, well in this case an abces (sp) in my right mandibula, so he had to cut it open and cleaned everything out including the roottips of two molars.
    Women, you never so a face swollen like mine!! Didn't hurt really, well I did take some Parkemed but only for 2 days.
    Swelling is better now, but still visible and my right side has multiple colours now.
    Well, at least this happened at home and not in Greece next week!

    Still my question to you all, do you think it will give me troubles during the flight?

    Thanks and take care of your teeth!, Renee
  14. by   fergus51
    I had all four pulled for 900$ because at the time I didn't have any dental coverage. I wasn't put out, and my face was swollen for a few days and I only took 2 days off work. It really isn't that big of a deal and it was worth it to have avoided problems like you are experiencing. Really, you've probably had more pain by now than pulling them would've caused. I say yank em!

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