Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom Teeth’

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Seven

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003

I think I will be OK. My gums are far less sensitive these past few days. I know that there is a chunk of jaw or something loose on my upper left jaw, but I am going to just ignore it for a while and hope that it fuses back to the rest of the bone. While brushing my teeth this morning, another small bone fragment came out; excellent, the process has begun.

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Six Point Five

Friday, December 5th, 2003

Throughout the course of the day, my gums/jaw/tooth thing have started feeling more and more sensitive. When I finally got home from our advertising presentations, i started prodding around my upper left gums with my finger. It was then that I discovered that something hard was loose under the gum. I tried pressuring it out in a few different ways, but all it did was move around more without coming out of my gums. It’s in their deep-ish though. I think that it is either a root that the doctor somehow missed, or else it is piece of jaw that somehow got chipped off the bone but is stuill trupped under the gums. I tried splitting the gums some with my finger nail to created a path for it to come out through, but no luck. I probably just fucked it up worse when I did that though. I am going to call a dentist tomorrow. I can barely type this out. I keep fading in and out of consciousness (I assume from lack of sleep). I’m going to use one of my pain pills and got to bed. Goodnight.

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Six

Friday, December 5th, 2003

Well, I made it to my appointment at 8:30 this morning even though I almost missed it (see previous entry). I got a real syringe for spraying out my sockets with, and things are going well according to the doctor. When I inquired about the exposed bone in my upper gums, he seemed nonplussed and explained that because of how my teeth were positioned in the jaw, they left a very sharp edge along the jaw where the teeth had been. So what is happening is that the jaw is basically cutting/hacking/tearing my upper gums apart because it is so sharp, and it will be exposed until it wears down some and “rounds off” the edge. This usually takes about 8 weeks according to the doctor. He says that I can expect to be in some real pain every time something touches the gums all the way back there on the upper jaw for the next 8 weeks or so.

I think that I have a plan to make this process go much quicker though. I am going to try to find something that is hard and course that I can stick back there on my upper sockets and “chew” on with my jawbone to help it weather quicker. The tricky part is making sure it is rough on top but soft on the bottom so that it grinds the bone down on the upper jaw but does not eat away at my lower gums as well. Anybody have any ideas? (Oh yes, and it cannot be something that tastes fowl or disgusting or that is a possible health hazard.)

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Five Point Five

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

After some closer inspection (due to my obsessive nature), I think that the bone in my gums is not actually a tooth fragment, but rather is a jagged edge of jawbone that has cut through the gums and is now exposed. It is starting to get more and more painful, and the one on the other side is as well, although it has not broken through the surface of the gums just yet. I’m starting to dislike this very much.

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Five

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003

So it seems that I have a tooth fragment working its way out of my upper right gums. It doesn’t really hurt unless I touch it, so I guess I just need to not touch it until the doctor can look at it on friday. I think that there is one on the upper left side as well, but it has not broken through the surface of my gums yet. They said that it is a pretty common occurrance, so I guess I don’t really have anything to worry about, but I don’t like the idea of having something hard and sharp being loose inside of my gums that are trying to heal. I imagine that it is going to suck on friday if they have to rip that fucker (or fuckers) out of my gums though. :-/

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Four

Thursday, November 27th, 2003

Mission accomplished. I was able to eat turkey (if you count swallowing small pieces but not chewing or savoring the food as eating). I also had some mashed potatoes, gravy, wedding soup, and apple sauce. With some caution, I was able to eat some potato salad and bread pudding as well. I finished the meal with some cheesecake without crust.

It was disappointing that I could not stuff my face with all of the wonderful food available, but I was pleased that I at least managed to get some turkey. It was also disappointing that I had to eat so slowly and that I could not really savor the meal since I was basically just putting the food on my tongue and swallowing. Oh well, though, right?

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Three Point Five

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Success (sort of)! I decided to run an experiment with eating non-soft food. I warmed up a taquito in order to eat it. By cutting it into small pieces, I was able to very carefully and very slowly chew and swallow it. This means that turkey will not be a problem. Unfortunately, little pieces of the food still managed to find their way to rest in my sockets. The solution to this is relatively simple though. I have a tiny squeeze bottle that I fill with salt water and use to “flood” my sockets and get all the gunk out. It is somewhat time consuming since I have to be absolutely sure that I get everything out, but I think that it will make it worth it for Thanksgiving. Rock.

Also, in addition to previously mentioned forbidden items that I desire, let’s add Bärenjäger, pizza cheeseburgers, grilled stuft fajitas, and chocolate candies.

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Three

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Yesterday wasn’t too bad. I was able to eat some cream of chicken soup, and discovered that I can eat semi-firm foods as long as I cut them small enough to place on my toungue and swallow. This bodes well for thanksgiving. >:-D

Yesterday evening, I went over to see how Spanky is doing. He is definitely worse off than I am. They had to cut his out, rather than pull them. He was at the hospital from about 9:00 a.m. to (I think?) 4:00 p.m.; they had to put him to sleep, but they also kept having trouble getting everything squared away. He has been taking his painkillers on a schedule because if he misses a dose he ends up in extreme pain. They put stitches all over his gums and split his lip as well. Perhaps the surgeon had cerebral palsy or something. He seems to be in good spirits though, all things considered.

My gums seem to be healing quickly, although they start to bleed just a little bit once in awhile. Every day that passes seems to bring noticeable improvement though. The swelling was a bit rough this morning, but the doctor said that it should be the most swollen around the third day–which it is. In addition to taking my antibiotics, I have been soaking my mouth with salt water to try to assist in keeping any possible infection from developing.

I have decided to share some of the pics I have taken related to my wisdom tooth removal. There is some blood involved, so may the squeamish be forewarned:

Click here for pictures.

Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part Two

Tuesday, November 25th, 2003

Things have been mostly uneventful since part one.

The biggest problem so far has been that my gums did not want to stop bleeding. I would change out the gauze every hour or so, but the sockets never really would stop bleeding. Sometimes they would have almost quit, but then they would start up again. Once they got to a point where they were only barely bleeding any, I finally decided not to put any more gauze in. I think that was a wise decision, because the bleeding no longer got much worse, and at times would completely stop before starting up again. It seems that the reason I couldn’t get the bleeding to stop with the gauze was that my jaw would twitch while clamping the gauze to my sockets, and so it kept disturbing the clot a little.

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Adventures In Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Part One

Monday, November 24th, 2003

I began my walk to the PRT station. It was raining, but not too bad. After I had gone about a block, the wind and rain really picked up, and my umbrella was of little help. I thought it was going to break actually, and I was still getting very wet. Finally, I reach the PRT station only to discover that this year they have decided to shut it down for Thanksgiving break.

It is 10 minutes until my appointment is supposed to commence, so I have to walk back home and get in my car. I get to the office about 15 minutes late. After some brief paperwork, I am seated in “the chair” and one side of my jaw is numbed. There is a large Craftsman tool cabinet to my left, much like one would expect to find in an auto garage but no in an oral surgeon’s office. After 15 minutes of small talk with one of the assistants, the right side of my jaw is numb and the procedure begins.

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