After a year or so of nagging I finally took my general dentist’s advice and went for an oral surgeon consultation regarding my wisdom teeth. I knew at this point I was already screwed. Yeah it was only a possibility, but when anyone lets you know you may need something removed they usually mean ‘yes, it sucks to be you’. Lovelies, please tell me there is a rainbow at the end of the tunnel… how bad IS getting your wisdom teeth out?
My mouth is seemingly too tiny, so I needed a panoramic x-ray that would give the dentist a view of my entire mouth rather than just what his small camera could capture. The experience was painless. Then again I’m pretty okay with any procedure that doesn’t involve needles. The x-ray may have been okay but the news I received was not. I was right. I need my wisdom teeth out. All four of them.
I can’t help but take this time to throw a bit of a hissy fit. While this isn’t nearly anything close to the worst thing in the world, I seem to have no luck with my teeth. When I was four I knocked my front baby tooth out clean on my dad’s birthday while running to give him a hug. I know tragic, right? I ended up looking like quite the hillbilly for a few years until my new tooth grew in. Of course that new tooth grew in completely out of alignment with the rest of my teeth.
So began my six (yes, SIX) years of orthodontic work. From retainers to braces to rubber bands to more retainers, boy did I have it all. Lucky lucky! Frankly after all that, I don’t think it’s fair that I need surgery in my mouth too. Hmph.
The doctor also made sure to tell me that while some patients are able to have a speedy recovery within a few days mine will not follow suit. Due to the way my teeth are set and how small my mouth is, I will personally take about a week to recover.
My own mother hasn’t made this any easier… she got her own wisdom teeth out and can’t stop telling me how miserable it was. She has even threatened to send me back to school after it’s all said and done just so she doesn’t have to deal with me being miserable. Haha Mom, really… I try to push what she says out of my mind. I mean it was the ’80s so technology wasn’t nearly as advanced…right? Her horror story isn’t the only one I’ve heard, which has caused me to have this constant push and pull in my mind on being completely freaked out or calm about it.
I have never had surgery before so this idea scares me. Like i mentioned earlier I am a total needle phobe, so the idea of being knocked out and waking up to popping a ton of Vicodin doesn’t seem all that appealing. Well on the plus side, the surgery isn’t scheduled until January so I have some time to wallow in my pity. Or just obsess over the pain I will inevitably endure…yikes!
Lovelies, care to settle my woes a bit? What was your experience with getting your wisdom teeth removed? Share the good & the bad!