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    Default Wisdom teeth. Kill me now.

    Pity party warning.

    I have 2 bottom wisdom teeth that have been causing me a bit of grief for a while.. I have never had the money just sitting there to go get them looked at, they weren't really painful so I just left them.
    Kicking myself now for not putting money away for a time like this.

    Last night I woke in excruciating pain.. Out of a ten it would be a 20. It is bad.
    Its on my right side down the bottom, the tooth had partially broken through.
    I can't swallow with out pain, and My jaw on the right side is swollen.
    I took so much nurofen and Panadol with no luck.. I had some Endone left after my c-section so I took 2 and it hasn't done anything other than make me sleepy.

    I called the dentist, they need to do an x-ray to see if it's impacted or not, if it isn't they can remove it for a very reasonable price X ray $40 removal $120.. If it is impacted then I have to get referrals to oral surgeon which I just don't have the money for..
    Apparently oral surgeons don't do payment plans?
    but how long will I have to wait to see an oral surgeon?!?
    I can't live with this pain for much longer...

    Why in the world are wisdom teeth removal not bulk billed OR at least some Medicare rebate on them.. *Screaming*

    Im seriously hoping that this dam tooth is NOT impacted and they can remove it there.. Considering ripping out the tooth next to it to give it some room lol, of course I wouldn't do that but it's a tempting thought.
    I don't think I even want to know of the cost for an "Oral surgeon" and how long I will be waiting with this pain to see one.
    let alone where I'm going to pull the $$$ from.

    Vent over.
    ;( ;( ;( this pain is horrid.

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    Oh, I feel your pain I had 2 wisdom teeth removed - one was impacted, one wasn't.

    I think it cost me $500 all up for both (plus x-ray costs), the main cost being the impacted tooth.

    I just got them removed in the chair with local anaesthetic in my gums. The one that had erupted was quickly and easily removed, but the one that was impacted hadn't erupted at all and was sitting sideways in my gum and bone so it took a while (it had to be broken and the then pulled)

    I got mine removed in WA and I think it may be different there - my local dentist (who I guess was a dental surgeon) was able to remove them so I didn't have to pay to see a specialist, whereas in NSW (where I live now) the dentists seem to refer to an oral surgeon. Also if you need to go to hospital for the procedure or have a general anaesthetic it'll cost more.

    With the ones that weren't impacted, I was in pain while they were erupting, but once they were through, the pain eased.

    Goodluck with the x-ray, hopefully it will show it's not impacted
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    I ended up calling around at a few places to see if there was an easier way and The dentist I'm now seeing this afternoon do impacted tooth removals under GA in there clinic for $580.
    But they only do that every second Friday.. I'm hoping if I'm in this much pain they might be able to do something about it today.
    I really don't get it.. She said they do Medicare rebates on some of the work they do.. I didn't even think this was possible at a dentist!!
    But I suppose I will find out.

    I'm really hoping its not impacted... Seems to be sooo much easier and cheaper if they could jut remove the dam tooth!
    I'm not feeling any pain where it has broken through but the back part of the tooth that is trying to break through has me on agony.

    She said on the phone it might be infected?! And If that's the case then I will have to go on antibiotics for a few days before they do any thing

    I dont really care at this point how painful it will be to remove, I just want to get rid of the pressure and feel reliefe.

    I hate teeth!!!!! Lol

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    You poor thing, my wisdom teeth became infected and I couldn't believe how painful it was. Bonjela works to numb the area just like we use with babies and I also found that eating icecream and resting it over my wisdom teeth helped ease the pain too (might I add I gained a couple of kilos during the most painful time with my wisdom teeth) xxx

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    Owww I hate wisdom teeth When one of mine was playing up a month ago the only thing that'd stop me from waking up at night was Panadeine Extra, can you get some of that from the chemist?

    Also, I didn't have to pay much as I have a health care card so could go to a government clinic, I'm guessing you don't have a health care card? I only had a filling though cos that one wasn't sideways, and if it's not sideways they won't remove it until I've had three painful episodes with it.

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    I had to wait a few weeks to get it done hospital with a GA and cost over 3k for 4 teeth... Are u brave enough to endure them being removed in the dental chair???would b cheaper and prob get them done much faster. Good luck Poor thing

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    Ouch! Wisdom teeth are awful. All 4 of mine came through & were all impacted. Also got infected. I had to do a course of antibiotics before the dentist would take them out.
    From memory, it cost me $400 per tooth plus $200 for appointment/local anaesthetic/something or other so $1800 all up. Would have been approx $3300 if I had wanted it done under a GA (in hospital). Dentist was really good & was all over in about 45-60mins.

    Huge relief once they were out. A few stitches & did a course of antibiotics afterwards to make sure no infection set in & was on panadeine forte for a few days as well.
    If you're working don't forget to ask dentist for a certificate to say you can't work. Had mine done on a Thursday & didn't go back to work till the next Wednesday - just didn't feel well (it is surgery & side-effects of the painkillers etc). And having a support person to taxi you there & back & look after you is good too

    Good luck, hope you get it sorted quickly!!!

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    Thanks for your replies

    So went down to the Dentist and he had a good look, told me he needed X-Rays done to know exactly what he was dealing with.
    Did the X-rays and both are slightly impacted, the one causing pain is knocking on bone? I don't know it was all gibberish to me.
    But my other wisdom tooth that has erupted but not causing any pain has a massive cyst on it.. So that one needs to come out too..
    He will be taking them out in the chair tomorrow :Freakingout: :Freakingout:

    I have started a round of anti-biotics.
    He told me to take some Panadine forte 1/2 hour before hand and tomorrow is all set.

    When I came to the bill... I had $600 put away as I was only expecting 1 tooth out...
    With the consult, X-rays, then the extractions tomorrow it was going to cost $938 all up
    By that point I started crying as I was freaking out about being in pain and not have the spare $$$ to get it all fixed up.
    The store owner was there and he came over and said he would see what he could do for me.
    He has brought my bill down to $700.
    I'm so grateful!!

    Now I'm sitting here packing it about the pain.. The noise.. The pulling sensation and cutting... On my invoice it says "Bone Drilling"
    :what:
    I feel a bit sick now just thinking about it!

    I have never had a filling.. Never had a tooth pulled.. I have only ever gone in for cleans and check ups!
    I really don't know what to expect with recovery..
    I HAVE to work on Saturday as I'm causal and NEED the money, the dentist just looked at me and said "You won't be working Saturday" and it has frightened me now... How long will I be in pain for?
    I know it will be better than having the pain I have now.. But I'm really starting to Freak out now...

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    I didn't have mine out in the chair (had a general in hospital) but I know they use long lasting anaesthetic these days that will help alleviate if not stop the pain for up to 48 hours. I was in so much pain before mine but after couldnt feel a thing after.
    Maybe take your iPhone/mp3 to listen to music while they are doing what they're doing. Will block out noise a bit maybe??? And don't forget to ice loads after. All the time. Even when asleep. It really helps.
    Good luck... Just think it will all be over soon!

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    I just read though the before and after care forms..
    It's says bruising on neck and cheeks.. Really?
    I also have my husbands work function on Saturday night.. We kinda have to go.. I don't want to look like he has based me up hopefully makeup will cover it..


    I also read the part about NO drinking from a straw and NO smoking..
    I had a laugh with Dh saying after having the "Bone Drilling" and all the rest I might just need a smoke
    (I'm an ex smoker)

    I was going to take my IPod, listen to the radio or something.. I know I will be numb, I'm not looking forward to the needles but I'm more worried on how those drilling noises and all the rest will make me feel..

    Oh dear.. I really hope all the stressing I'm doing right now will work out to be nothing..
    But the pain with them in there is unbearable so I know it needs to be done.
    why why why do teeth have to have problems..
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