February 29, 2008

wisdom teeth

One week ago today I got my wisdom teeth removed. Both the dentist and the oral surgeon talked to me about the consequences, the healing times and what to expect. The surgeon was very confidant and was not worried about any of the things that scared me, specifically the promiximity of one of the teeth to mandibular nerve. His confidence made me feel a lot better and I went into the surgery with little fear. Here is what I wrote last week:
The procedure was quick to start, an IV and I was sedated but not quite asleep. Dozing but aware of what they were saying. The overwhelming pain, confusion and fear that came from hearing one of my teeth break during removal.
I heard "he's a bleeder," I heard myself moan in pain and their response "relax, we've given you all the medicine we can"
There were several complications, the sinus was nicked on both sides. and I bled profusely on the right lower side.
i remember the pain spidering across my jaw on the left side when they removed the tooth that was so deep into the jaw that on the x-ray it showed being close enough to hold hands with the mandibular nerve. The dentist had tried to explain the elevated risk of losing complete sensitivy of my lower jaw, a risk that there was no way around, I couldn't not get the surgery, and the longer I waited the harder it would be. It's been about 9 hours since they took my teeth and I still can't feel my chin, but my lower lip is incredibly sensitive and stings whenever anything touches it.

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The sinus was hit, I bled a lot, I never went under, and my lower lip, lower front teeth and part of my chin are still numb.
I am still quite sore in my gums. I can close my mouth but it's still not a resting position.

I'm pretty mobile now, until yesterday I hadn't been beyond the mail box. Last night we saw Angela Davis. I'm doing a shift at work tomorrow. Wish me luck.


Greg said...

I had mine removed 13 months ago and, though not as often lately, I still have phantom limb syndrome where the 4 teeth used to be. They knocked me out completely for the whole thing so I can't even pretend to know how it feels to have awoken during the procedure, but I was awake when I had 4 other teeth pulled when I was 13--just with a local anesthetic.
They let me keep the teeth, but I threw them out when I moved because that's just weird to pack-and-move anything that's been surgically removed.

Whiskeymarie said...

Wow. I thought mine was bad when I finally did it. it was about 10 years after the dentist initially told me I needed to get them removed, and for whatever reason I decided to have all 4 done at once.
I was put under, everything went fine. I went home and felt pretty o.k. the first day. The next day I had what are called "dry sockets."

Three of them.

The most pain I've ever been in. EVER. and all they would give me was codeine, which gives me excruciating headaches.

yet still, yours sounds worse.

Sorry. Hope it's getting better by now...