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Just curious: how are measurement of your arm and fingers length?
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Chinny said:

oh i should be ok with anesthetics, but they were talking about the week after the operation

I was so nervous when I had to get my wisdom teeth out. I refused the local anesthetic. I made them put me under. The dentist said that it took them longer to put me under than it did to take my teeth out (all 4 by the way). But after I only took the pain meds for one day but I really didn't need them at all anyway.

I didn't get any bruising or swelling. It all depends on how difficult your teeth are to remove. But pain wise, as long as you do everything the dentist tells you in caring for your mouth, you'll do just fine.

Oh, and a hot pack and cold pack used alternately helps, too. The hot pack to relax your jaw muscles and the cold pack to reduce any swelling and bruising you may encounter.

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Recovery for a wisdom tooth extraction seems to be easier when you are young (closer to eighteen). The doctor I chose not to use for my surgery did a good job of scaring me about lots of possible complications because I had waited until I was (and I quote) "so old" to get my wisdom teeth out. Btw, "so old" was 30. Jerk.

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Thanks Barry!

 

Yea all my wisdom teeth are just waiting to bust through the surface, my operation will be in about 2 months time. I have to get them removed because I've worn braces in the past and back then I had removed 4 teeth, now I have to remove another 4 more. The surgeon I'm using to remove them will operate in a hospital so they'll put me to sleep.

 

It's okay because I was mostly worried about swelling pains but as I've just tested out tonight, turns out I'm not allergic to pain killers anymore. Well, at least not to Panadol! 😀 dancinbunnydancingdancinbunnydancingdancinbunnydancing

 

Nawwww, 30 isn't that old! Did you end up removing them in a hospital or did you get a dentist to remove them for you?

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Chinny,

30 isn't that old. I'm much older than that and I don't even have my wisdom teeth in yet! It's late in my family, my siblings all got their wisdom in their late thirties or early forties.

 

BTW, my hubby is getting two of his wisdom teeth out, one on each side, this morning, probably still in process. He got all kind of soft food ready — cottage cheese, apple sauce, yoghurt…I will let you know how he is doing.

 

One of my brothers did have his cheeks swelled up like steam buns and couldn't eat for a few days. I wonder if rinsing your mouth with salt water would help prevent infection.

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I have been told the worst thing to get is dry socket. Avoid creating a vacuum in your mouth, such as sucking on a thick milk shake through a straw. Not sure how this affects things, but I have had a few extractions by different dentists and it seemed they were more concerned about dry socket than anything else. It may be different for the wisdom teeth as there will probably be stitches. Just pay attention to what they tell you to do for after care.

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I didn't say 30 was old D: Seems like only my siblings and I need them removed. My mum and dad don't need extractions at all. Something about the younger generation's jaws getting smaller. Weird trend if you asked me.

 

I'm getting dissolvable stitches. My appointment isn't until late November because I still have uni to attend and I have assessments every week so I can't really take time off yet. So far they've only told me the procedure like how they're going to remove my teeth by chopping it up into a hundred lil pieces.

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Chinny said:

.... So far they've only told me the procedure like how they're going to remove my teeth by chopping it up into a hundred lil pieces.

They do that to avoid opening up too much. You probably won't have any pain at ll afterwards. The roots are sometimes massive. My dentist took pictures from the wrong angle and didn't see how one of them branched out. He was stubborn and got it out whole. LOL As far as I know he still has that tooth in a jar for people to see.

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Oh I had an xray scan of my jaw so the machine went the whole way around. I'm kinda excited about getting it done now since I know that if I do start feeling pains after, I can always take Panadol 😀

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And you can say to me, "I told you so".

I have a feeling I'll be saying that to you. exactly

But you know what they say, no pain no gain. Except in this case it is, no pain no loss, and that really doesn't rhyme. So you'll be fine.

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Lets see. I had my only two removed back in 1984 when I was in the military and went to Germany. I didn't have any issues with them, but the military removed them back then in case we went to war they didn't want to have any issues. Had a couple shots of the pain juice and ten minutes later he was prying them out. I could actually hear the sound of them being torn out but had no pain what so ever. It was cool actually. Just slight discomfort for the next couple days along with a little bit of bleeding. But no big deal basically.

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dude that sounds so scary. no need to freak me out ><

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I saw that there were new posts in the "measurement of arm and finger length" thread. Apparently, it's to determine if you can reach your own wisdom teeth! LOL

So in the interests of staying with crowd ;-), I had mine removed while in high school in the mid-1980s, back when there was a national scare about a number of patients who were never waking back up from general anesthesia. I was terrified that I was next and remember telling my girlfriend "goodbye," just in case... Heh, what melodramatic sort I was.

Truth is, the "scare" did cause a review of the practices at the time that has resulted vastly-improved safety for the patient today. My girlfriend got see me again, and in fact married me just in time to need her own wisdom teeth out. Go figure.

You'll be fine. The real question is whether your arm-length is sufficient to let you get at your own teeth in first position. LOL!

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Haha yea so we got a lil side tracked on this thread. Think I'm the one to blame... sorry guys! Nawww thats so cute, I wish my bf was that cute too... ==" 

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Ok, I know this thread is really really old, but @pky  brought it up in another thread, so I decided to measure my fingers, and here's what I come up with: (it's a good distraction from some busy stuff going on at work, lol... I'll measure my fingers! Geeze, talk about being easily distracted, lol)
 

Pinky 1 3/4"

Ring 2 1/2 "

middle 2 3/4"
 
index 2 5/16"
 
thumb 2"

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Ok now I feel like some kind of really, really weird giant!!  

I still have 2 of my wisdom teeth at age 60 and

pinky 2 3/8"
ring 3"
middle 3 1/4"
index 2 5/8"
thumb 2 1/4"

arm 27"

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Good idea. I don't have a measuring stick where I'm at just now. Maybe next time I see this thread.

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Fiddlerman said
I've done it twice and no pain whatsoever for me the day after.exactly

It depends on what they have to do to get the tooth pulled out. If it's an easy pull then there is usually little or no pain afterwards. If the tooth is impacted then they have to do it surgically... they have to cut open the gums and reach in and pull the tooth and then stitch if closed.  That can hurt for several days after the operation and pain killers are sometimes needed. In my case it was impacted and they had to do surgery. Otherwise it's usually pretty quick and relatively painless.

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My wisdom teeth were impacted, and to get it over with had them all done at the same time when I was about 22. Maybe I have a high tolerance for pain, but I never even took my pain killers, lol. I expected it to be horrible, but it wasn't. 

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Ha! From pinky to wisdom tooth~

I am pretty old, but I haven't had any, my siblings all had theirs in their thirties. I thought I won't have any, but my dentist said they could be in my sinus, yuk!

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Crazymotive said

Fiddlerman said
I've done it twice and no pain whatsoever for me the day after.exactly

It depends on what they have to do to get the tooth pulled out. If it's an easy pull then there is usually little or no pain afterwards. If the tooth is impacted then they have to do it surgically... they have to cut open the gums and reach in and pull the tooth and then stitch if closed.  That can hurt for several days after the operation and pain killers are sometimes needed. In my case it was impacted and they had to do surgery. Otherwise it's usually pretty quick and relatively painless.

I didn't say it was quick. Both times it took over an hour and the dentists were shocked. The first dentist kept my wisdom tooth in a jar afterwards as a kind of trophy. He was strong and tough but had to struggle. Needless to say, I did too. If anything, my neck was sore from him pulling with all his might in different directions. Afterwards he told me that had he took one x-ray too few. The angle didn't show this giant anchor shaped hook. LOL

Last time was about 2 months ago. The dentist scheduled the typical 30 minutes for the routine pull and had to take a break after 45 minutes. She had to split it in three, cut into the gums and dig hard. She appologized several times but I felt that I was the one that should be apologizing. LOL
She explained that my bone is extremely dense and that the tooth was impacted. At least she didn't charge more!!!

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