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        04-28-2012, 02:14 PM
      #31
    Trained
    KV - yes we pay for dental and vision care.
         
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        04-28-2012, 02:28 PM
      #32
    Yearling
    SH, I had all 4 of mine extracted by an oral surgeon. They were coming in horizontal and along a facial nerve so the dentist referred me. I had to be knocked out so that I didn't twitch and risk cutting the nerve. As it was, the bruising of the nerve made my face numb for about six months (which is normal). All is fine now.

    After having my own out, and nursing my 2 kids through having theirs out, I have some advice --
    1) Get the Rx filled immediately after the procedure and start taking them before you feel the need. Once the pain gets ahead of the pills, you'll have a tough time getting pain controlled again.
    2) No straws. It sucks the clot out of the 'hole' and causes a dry socket - as other posters have said, dry sockets are bad.
    3) Fever - call the dentist/oral surgeon. You might have an infection.
    4) ICE IS YOUR FRIEND. Get bags of frozen peas or corn, wrap a dish towel around one and rotate them on your cheeks so that you always have something cold on your face. It keeps the pain and swelling down. Do this for at least 2 days and maybe longer, if you're still in pain on the 3rd day. Seriously.
         
        04-28-2012, 02:49 PM
      #33
    Started
    I still have all four of mine, but they're aligned correctly. I've had different dentists tell me different things, from "if it ain't broke" to "OMG! Surgery now!" Considering that just getting my teeth cleaned nearly causes a panic attack, I'm going with the dentists who have told me to worry about them if they ever become a problem. I'm 27 now, they've been there for the past decade or so with no problem, so I'm hoping for a while longer yet.

    I know lots of people who've had them out, and it seems like there's no way to know if you're one of the ones who will have a problem or one of the ones for whom it's no big deal.
         
        04-29-2012, 07:37 PM
      #34
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
    Aha! My Dad uses Dr. Slaughter! I like him, but unfortunately our insurance won't cover anyone but the creepy people at Willamette Dental near Ashland doing it. *pout* The last time I got a really creepy old lady assistant who talked with her eyes closed....She even looked in my mouth WITH HER EYES CLOSED. Do you doubt why I'm scared to death? LOL

    Thank god the actual dentist isn't so bad....She pretty much just ignores me panicking (Which is good, I would probably go into total meltdown mode if anyone tried to "comfort" me beforehand) and is pretty reassuring about everything. She says things like "Honey, you get on 1200lb animals every single day....Trust me, you're already the bravest of any of my patients."

    Lol I'm such a little kid about the dentist. Seriously. I once got potentially the biggest needle I had ever seen stuck into my toe whilst I was practically falling asleep. Apparantly I was the first person who hadn't at least flinched at that procedure. Stick IVs in me, shove pills down my throat, take my blood, But dear god, don't stick those stupid little x ray cards in my mouth, don't come near me with a mini mirror, and if you try and touch me with that stupid water sucky thing, you're lucky to make it out alive....
    LOL, I didn't think Slaughter was still practicing. That was almost 20 years ago when I got mine done!

    I hear ya, I am a wimp about going to the doctor or dentist...eeek! And Ashland especially! There is nothing not creepy there...I don't like that town...
         
        04-29-2012, 07:51 PM
      #35
    Weanling
    Ahhh I had all mine taken out at once a couple of years ago. TERRIBLE experience for me (but I think the situation is pretty unique)

    I was excited to be drugged up because I get freaked out with anything surgical, so when I got there the put the mask on and waited... so many minutes later they come in, "do you feel any different?" "Nope!" Waited a few more minutes and turned the machine up all the way, "Do you feel any different?" "Nope!" Etc. For about 20 minutes. The stuff did NOTHING to me and they gave me enough to knock a full grown man out.

    Well eventually I figure they thought I was lying and they started... I could feel almost all of it. It was the worst feeling in the world! The worst (that I actually had nightmares about for a couple of days) was when he cracked one of the teeth accidently. It was the worst sensation (feeling, smell, and just overall) I ever had. And then when they did the stitches... I could feel every pull (and I am VERY squeamish)

    Because of the cracked tooth I swelled up like a balloon (maybe worse) and was given the normal medicine they give people, but since I wasn't affected by their medicine very well he gave me some super strong pain killers (that he said most people get addicted to so to use sparingly). The normal pain killers didn't do a thing, so I was hopped up on those strong pain killers for days. I had the FUNNIEST conversations with every body I talked to. I always ended up making a terrible (really lame) joke and then laughing my butt off at it. But it mostly covered the pain! I'm hoping I never have to 'go under' again though.. that was terrifying.
         
        04-29-2012, 08:48 PM
      #36
    Foal
    Gahhhh I hate the dentist! I have never had a cavity, but I always cringe when he comes at me with that scrapey thing and starts going at it on my teeth. Every time I feel like he is trying to either break my tooth or pull it out.

    According to what my othodontist told me when I got my braces off about four years ago I had no wisdom teeth, they just weren't there. But low and behold this last month when a tooth starts growing in! It doesn't hurt but I am terrified about getting it pulled! It is only the one and it seems like it is coming in straight, but knowing my luck....

    I have heard from a lot of people that it isn't too bad, my boyfriend said he didn't swell up or anything. The drugs made him pretty loopy apparently though! He said that they were wheeling him out in a wheelchair to the car and he was proesting that he could do it himself! When they tried to assure him that he would need the chair to get out to the car he said, "But I am on the varsity walking team, I don't need a wheelchair!" The nurses and his mother got a pretty big kick out of that :P

    I wish you luck though!!! Just imagine all the soft junk food like pudding and jello you will get to eat after! Lol
         
        04-29-2012, 10:22 PM
      #37
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    LOL, I didn't think Slaughter was still practicing. That was almost 20 years ago when I got mine done!

    I hear ya, I am a wimp about going to the doctor or dentist...eeek! And Ashland especially! There is nothing not creepy there...I don't like that town...
    Seriously, Ashland can be SOOOO insane....LOL. I only go there if I have to, or if I need to get something "odd" from the various little shops....
         

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