Wisdom Teeth

Saturday, September 7, 2013

So, I had to have one of my wisdom teeth removed, about twenty years later than most people do. Growing up in the UK with socialised medicine, about the only thing the NHS dentists wanted to do was fill or pull a decaying tooth, and preventative dentistry was way too expensive for them. Hence I still have all four, and one had grown partially out of the gum, where it was just itching to get infected.

The actual experience of tooth extraction with IV sedation was pretty easy. I remember them asking me how I was feeling, the answer to which was ‘a bit dopey, I presume I’m meant to be feeling that way’, then it was done and they were asking me to move to another room to recover. At that time I’m sure I still remembered some of the other things that had gone on, but they’d vanished into the memory hole before I left the surgery.

So far, the worst pain was when they pulled off the tape holding the IV line in place. Hopefully that will continue, but I gather that dry socket or infection pain mostly shows up after 48 hours or so.

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