Thursday, July 2, 2009

what a pain

Since I was 15 years old all four of my wisdom teeth have been present. The top two are "full grown" and do not ever give me any trouble. As for the bottom two, well that's a whole different story. These little guys are halfway in/halfway out of my gums and bother me every so often. Recently the bottom left tooth has been causing me a tremendous amount of pain, so I finally decided to make an appointment to have this one tooth pulled.

I've spent the past few years avoiding having my wisdom teeth taken from me. Every time I went in for a cleaning (or a root canal!) I had to hear "the talk" from a dentist about getting my wisdom teeth pulled soon. Well, the time has come. Yesterday I had both the upper and lower wisdom teeth on the left side of my mouth pulled.

I have to say it was one of the most terrifying experiences I've ever had at the dentist. This was my first time at this office and luckily Dr. Matt and his assistant were very likable and awesome at what they do. I did not technically feel any pain while the procedure was being done, but the noises I heard and the pressure I felt was enough to make me want to vomit. I felt like I was in a horror movie. All I heard were cracking noises and tools hitting my teeth. IT WAS TERRIBLE!!!! At one point I thought my mouth was going to cave in and break into two, but luckily I was wrong.

After the procedure was done I got to say goodbye to my wisdom teeth. They were the most disgusting things I've seen in a while. The roots on my teeth were probably an inch kidding. While I should have been feeling great to have these suckers gone, all I felt was nauseous. Dr. Matt took one look at me and then handed me a trash can. So there I was still sitting in the chair semi-puking into a trash can. Not my most glorious moment, but it was comical to say the least.

I was given prescriptions for an antibiotic and pain killer, but had I known the pain would start before the medicine kicked in I would have demanded drugs before I left Dr. Matt's office. By the time I got home and took my medicine I was in tears and bleeding profusely from the mouth. You'd think that since I've struggled with Endometriosis and Interstitial Cystitis that I could live with a little pain/blood combo in my mouth. Well, FYI...I can't. The pain I felt was so excruciating, and crying only made it worse. I couldn't breathe out of my mouth because there was so much gauze in it, and once my nose became stopped up I could barely breathe at all. I ended up crying myself to sleep and waking up very drugged up.

The first 8 hours after my teeth were pulled were the absolute worse. I am still in pain today, but by no means can today's pain compare to yesterday's. The only advice I'd give to someone getting their wisdom teeth pulled is this: Get the drugs before they pull your teeth!!

Now if only the swelling on my face would go down...

**Get well goodies from my love**


Anna Baur said...

oh my gosh! that sounds awful...I hope you are feeling better!! when I got my wisdom teeth pulled (all 4) they put me under anesthesia and it wasn't too bad, but that does sound like a horror movie. I'll be praying that it heals up quickly!!

lindsey said...

It was terribly awful, but yes I am feeling much, much better. I wish I would have been under anesthesia or had pain medicine before the procedure but at least now I know what to do when the other two wisdom teeth are pulled. Thanks for the prayers Anna! =)

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