Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wisdom Tooth Week

Toothbrush 2photo © 2007 Windell Oskay | more info (via: Wylio)This week my daughter gets her wisdom teeth removed.

This is the first surgery of any kind that she's had.

Understandably, she's a little nervous.

I still have my wisdom teeth. For a long time my dentist chivvied me to have them removed, but now that I'm...as old as I am...he says they should stay put unless a problem develops. I always figured if they weren't bothering me, then they shouldn't bother him. :)

So, the question of the day is: Do you still have your wisdom teeth?

*** UPDATE  The Wisdom Teeth have been extracted, and the daughter is doing well. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

16 comments:

  1. Mine have been gone for a long time now, but they did come out when I was a full-blown adult. Recovery was about a two-three day process. I remember our daughter Rebecca refused to come into my room to see me because of the ice bags hanging on either side of my face to reduce the swelling.

    Heather will do well, I think. She'll heal quickly, since she's young.

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  2. Nope. I got them removed in high school. I think junior year.

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  3. I had mine removed. I remember talking to the dentist A LOT between them giving me the meds and falling asleep. LOL. Who knows what kind of crazy things I said. Good luck to her!

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  4. No wisdom teeth here. I had mine removed the summer that I was 16. Then the next summer I had jaw surgery and my jaws were wired shut for six weeks, which made the whole wisdom teeth removal seem like a breeze.

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  5. I've lost my wisdom.

    College.

    Hey, I talk briefly about teeth on my blog today.
    ~ Wendy

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  6. Wisdom teeth long gone. Had them out in my mid-20s

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  7. Nope. They weren't bothering me either, just barely coming in, but the dentist told me to get them out and so I did as he said. *shrug*
    My surgery went really well. Hope your daughter's does too!

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  8. I had all of mine removed back in my 20s because my dentist recommended it. Everything went well, which I hope it does for your daughter.

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  9. Mine are impacted, but flare up every now and then. I'm considering having them removed this summer because I'm tired of the mouth pain. Ugh. Not looking forward to that.

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  10. Oh, I hope she's doing okay. Sometimes they can take a while to recover from.

    I had mine out in my late 20's due to headaches. Still get headaches... :)

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  11. Oh, there are so many stories about wisdom teeth--I hope your daughter isn't listening too closely to them :) because I'm sure she'll do fine!

    I got mine out just before my 21st birthday but it got a little complicated. My dentist chipped a bone and I ended up getting an infection, so I had to go to the dentist about six times in one month. I could pretty much only drink through a straw for my 21st birthday, even though my parents took me out for steak :) But, no problems since then!

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  12. Our dentist told my daughter last year no need to remove if she isn't having trouble with them. :) She was sooooooo glad.

    Mine are gone and I've blocked out that particular memory. :(

    My stepson had his removed. He did fine. Heather will too. Keep us posted.

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  13. I have 2 whole, and one that pretty much is all gone but the rooots. The last dentist I saw said I should probably get that one taken out, but the others look fine. I did have one infected and taken out a few years ago. I'll probably get that one taken out, but the others haven't given me any problems.

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  14. Got mine taken out in my mid-twenties (while I was AWAKE!!) because of repeated infections. Besides, they were making all my teen-braced-teeth start to go wonky!

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  15. Oh, being nervous is good you know. If that is the first time that she went under any kind of surgery, then it should be a good learning experience. Hmm, to extract or not? That depends on you. If a problem surfaces, then it has to be removed. Otherwise, don't. Although these wisdom teeth can be really painful, they play a big role in our digestion. :)

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  16. I got mine removed when I reached 13. Well, I guess it's a good thing that you don't have to worry about it anymore, now that it has been extracted.

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