I had one take out (along with a cyst) 2.5 years ago.
I didn't feel anything for nearly 40 hours after. I was well-stocked with neurofen and soft foods.
I took neurofen every 3-5 hours for 3 days, and lived off soup and potato.
Then I was fine. it healed really really fast actually.
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23-01-2015 15:10 #11
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23-01-2015 15:23 #12
I had two out under full sedation and recovered really quickly. I took a full week off with but really only needed about three. I took it as an opportunity to catch up on some reading :-)
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23-01-2015 15:26 #13
Yep I've got mum and DH entertaining DS and I intend to have a 3 day real housewives marathon at home on the lounge with soup and herbal tea! ( and maybe choc milkshakes!)
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23-01-2015 15:45 #14
I lived on chocolate mouse, yogurt and mashed potato for about a week following mine. It took me about another week or so to be able to open my mouth fully.
My biggest issue was that I don't tolerate codeine well but didn't figure that out until I told my mum I'd been feeling sick for days since the surgery! So as soon as I just started just taking Panadol, I felt a lot better.
Also the hospital gave me a big stretchy thing to hold my ice packs on my face (because the ice helps sooo much) but it cut into my neck and was too tight. So I sewed the toes of two new men's socks together and filled the socks with ice packs, then tied it on top of my head. They were great!
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23-01-2015 15:46 #15
I had all 4 taken out under a general. If was done in a day surgery by an orthodontic surgeon. The 2 bottom ones were completely sideways and took a little bit of digging to get to.
I was a space cadet for the first day or so afterwards and quite swollen for a few days. The pain was only bad at night if I didn't wake up to take more pain killers.
Just keep on top of your pain meds and you'll be fine!
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23-01-2015 15:50 #16
I have had 3 out all at different times. All 3 in the chair at dentists office. 2 came out pretty straight forward but the other one wasn't so pleasant. With the third it was super impacted and had to be surgically removed. First day was nasty but after was ok. Not really bad otherwise, good luck you'll be ok!
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23-01-2015 20:06 #17Senior Member
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I just had all four of mine out on the 12th in hospital by a specialist surgeon due to the bottom being impacted but also the way they had grown on the nerve.
Turns out the one he was more concerned about was no trouble at all and no permanent nerve damage which was great as I was a high risk for this.
The pain afterwards was horrid but I also don't tolerate pain well. DS knocked one side of my face several times which was excruciating (he's only 2 and didn't understand how careful he needed to be - yours is a bit older so will probably understand better).
Unfortunately I ended up with an infection in one so have only just started to feel better yesterday but once I got stronger antibiotics it started to come good.
My tips are lots and lots of ice on your face.
Don't rush to eat solid food until you are comfortable. I was told I should be right to eat scrambled eggs the morning after (surgery didn't end up happening until 6pm) but no way was I ready for that.
Don't drink through a straw because it can put extra pressure on it.
Use the mouth wash (savacol) after you eat EVERY time. I missed a few so it may have contributed to my infection because little bits of food get caught in the stitches.
Sleep with your head elevated on min two pillows to help relieve pressure.
If I'd read this thread three days ago I would have told you don't do it if you don't have to.
But now I'm coming out the other side of it I'm glad I did because constant pain for 2.5 months before surgery was also horrible with no end in sight for it. Atleast the surgery is only a short term pain.
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23-01-2015 20:19 #18
I had all four out... plus the one next to one at the top because it had impacted and was a bit tangled.
Under a GA by a surgeon. ..day surgery. They give lots of painkillers that last for 48 hours afterwards. I wasn't in pain ever. Was swollen and felt weird with the stitches. .. But no pain.
I am terrified of the dentist!! But made it through. Chocolate mousse is the ultimate comfort food after. ...lol
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23-01-2015 20:48 #19Junior Member
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I work for a dentist i have taken 3 out 1 was taken out while I was workin and continued working for the rest of the day had really no pain didn't even realise that it was taken out wen you go to hospital and get them out u are sleepin so they aren't as careful as getting it done when awake that is y you would b sore and abit or bruising from all the pushing and pulling to get them out but don't stress you will b fine I've got 1 left can't wait to get it out
23-01-2015 20:53 #20Senior Member
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I had mine done last year, it went really well!
I had one impacted and one giving me occasional grief, but the dentist said I might as well have all 4 out at the same time. The other 2 were not through at all.
Op all went fine. Woke up feeling like my lips and face was massively swollen, but it wasn't; it was just the funny feeling that being numb brings. Had an ice pack on my jaw which was nice. I think that was about 4pm or so. Went home not long after that. I wasn't hungry that evening, plus I was a little scared to eat anyway lol, so I just had some sips of water, which was a bit hard when your mouth is numb! I took Panadeine Forte before going to bed, in anticipation of the local anaesthetic wearing off, but it seemed to last well into the night. I think I woke in the early hours of the morning and had Panadeine.
I had someone stay with me to mind the kids (and also to watch for anaesthetic reactions) until the next day. The following day after I was back to doing school runs etc.
The next few days was fine, I routinely took Panadeine (not Forte) and also ermmm... Voltaren? for inflammation. I got very minor swelling around the jaw, and no bruising. I ate things like ice cream, sorbet, yoghurt, instant mash, dessert things like mousse etc. Rinsed after every meal with Savacol.
Next few days after that I just had Panadol as needed, and ate soft food. I went back to work I think after 6 days.
The worst thing I found was having food stuck in the massive holes that were left after the swelling went down. When I went back for my check up (after a week or 2?) I told them so they gave me this curved tip syringe to reach back and squirt salty water into the holes and flush them out. Sooo much food, it was so gross! And it takes many months for the holes to close.
All in all in was quite a smooth experience! Good luck!
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