Wisdom Teeth

  1. I'm pretty sure this is on the wrong section, so feel free the move it where it needs to go!

    Well, here's the story: I'm getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow. Now for some reason, I'm going nuts! If they were taking my appendix out, I could care less but for some reason I'm freaking!!

    Anyway, my main question: does your face get EXTREMELY swollen as I've seen in pictures? I mean the pictures I've seen are ridiculous and they look like balloons.

    Well, thats my story... umm, thats all!
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   TheCommuter
    I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed at 19 years of age. This took place nearly 8 years ago.

    My face became swollen, but the swelling decreased within 24 hours. The oral surgeon had prescribed Vicodin 5/500mg every 4 to 6 hours for pain management, and I can remember that it worked quite well to control the pain. Even though my memory of that time period becomes slightly fuzzy, I would say that I fully recovered from the ordeal within a week, if not 1.5 weeks. The experience wasn't too bad for me, but keep in mind that we tolerate procedures very differently and uniquely. Good luck to you!
  4. by   antidote
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed at 19 years of age. This took place nearly 8 years ago.

    My face became swollen, but the swelling decreased within 24 hours. The oral surgeon had prescribed Vicodin 5/500mg every 4 to 6 hours for pain management, and I can remember that it worked quite well to control the pain. Even though my memory of that time period becomes slightly fuzzy, I would say that I fully recovered from the ordeal within a week, if not 1.5 weeks. The experience wasn't too bad for me, but keep in mind that we tolerate procedures very differently and uniquely. Good luck to you!
    Thanks for the kind words. As you siad, everyone tolerates pain differently.

    I'm mainly just worried about the swelling since I will look and feel awful. I have 500mg Vicodin, every 4 hours PRN pain (as you said) and an antibiotic for infection that I'll take until they're done (4 pills a day).
  5. by   hikernurse
    I never grew any (that ought to tell you something ), my kid's faces have been slightly swollen, but nothing that scared them when they looked in the mirror .

    I HATE having people do anything to my teeth. I've got a crown coming up that I'm already dreading.

    Good luck. Hopefully you'll recover quickly and easily.
  6. by   Joe NightingMale
    I had two of my wisdom teeth out about 15 years ago---the bottom ones are still coming in.

    They weren't impacted, so maybe that's why it went easily for me...only 20 minutes in the dentist's chair, no antibiotics needed, and I only used 1000mg Tylenol PRN for pain, and it worked.

    And no swelling either. My sister had the same experience, though she needed stitches as well. The only problem she had was that the antibiotics she got made her nauseous.
  7. by   dria
    i had all 4 (impacted) wisdom teeth removed at the tender age of 16.
    i don't remember much of the week following the procedure, but i do remember waking up in the office and swallowing what seemed like 6 dozen pills. later learned that it was prednisone (think it was a 5 day burst). apparently it was good stuff, my parents took pictures of me 12 and 24 hours post, and although i was quite obviously gorked out of my mind, there was not one bit of swelling, nor any bruising.
    good luck!
  8. by   EricJRN
    I had four impacted wisdom teeth out a couple of years ago. It really went easily. Never even took a Tylenol. If there was swelling, it was very minimal.

    The rough part was when I jumped up too fast the next day and passed out, giving myself a concussion, a bloody nose and a scalp lac that took five staples. I don't recommend that part of the ordeal.
  9. by   WickedRedRN
    I had all 4 of mine out at the same time about 15 or so years ago. I went to sleep, woke up and teeth were gone. I had some swelling, but as I recall that went down after the first 24 hours or so. I bruise easily, so I looked as though someone had beaten me!
  10. by   dianah
    I had three pulled at once.
    Took tylenol twice in two weeks.
    Not much swelling.

    I think what helped me the most was following the oral surgeon's instructions to apply ICE to the affected side for the first 24 hr: 20 min on, 20 min off (no, you don't have to do it instead of sleeping).
    I looked funny but I think it worked!

    Good luck and keep us informed how you're doing!
  11. by   Diary/Dairy
    I had all 3 pulled @ once - the 4th was not there at all - tried to work that week, but just could not do it, even alternating tylenol and ibuprofen every 2 hours - I looked like a chipmunk!!

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