This week comes with a review of something completely different, something quite personal actually. But I had the feeling that I have to share this with you.
There are many wisdom teeth removal horror stories out there, so you can imagine that I wasn’t actually thrilled when I found out that I had to part with my one and only wisdom tooth. Questions like “Will it hurt?”, “Will I bleed to death?”, “Will I lose my neighboring tooth by accident?” and “Will I turn stupid?” were high on my radar.
I did do some research though, so I found out that teeth in the lower jaw are often harder to remove than teeth in the upper jaw. (Phew, my tooth was indeed in my upper jaw 🙂 ) Another bonus, as I thought, was that my dentist probably wouldn’t have to cut because my tooth had already fully erupted years ago. And finally, it just had to go because I wasn’t able to clean it properly due to its position and not because it hurt.
So the big day finally came and my dentist gave me a local anesthetic (yup that injection). You feel three little pricks that really don’t hurt that much. It hurts more to bite your tongue! And then the region around my tooth got numb. My dentist took some pliers (or whatever that was 😀 ) and wiggled my tooth. I heard a faint cracking sound (like crisp bread). Now he took other pliers and pulled a bit and out it was. Wiggling and pulling didn’t even take two minutes. I didn’t feel a thing. As a final step, he stitched up the hole and I had to bite on a piece of gauze for 20 minutes (but I could do that while riding the bus home).
At home, I waited for the pain to come when the anesthetic stopped having effect. Well, the pain never came. No pain at all. All I did was put cold packs on my cheek for 20 minutes, with 20 minutes breaks, for 48 hours. I was able to chew after about 20 hours, so I ate solid food again (nothing too hard or crumbly!).
The last step I had to take, was to get my stitches removed. Well, this wasn’t bad either. I only noticed that my dentist cut the suture but I didn’t feel him pulling it out. So don’t be afraid. It’s not even comparable to gingivitis 😀
So why did I tell you all this? Because I think that someone needs to step up and say that getting your wisdom teeth removed doesn’t have to end in unbearable pain. I know it can, but not always!