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    I go to the dentist every 6 months as I love it there & love having my teeth cleaned..........maybe this is because I have been luckily to have nothing wrong with my teeth.

    BUT

    My wisdom teeth have started hurting more, they have been coming through for a while now but now they hurt. Last time I went to the dentist he said I would have to have them out!! He said they are growing straight but in the stage of them growing through I will get food stuck in there, which is why they hurt as infections may happen. I FREAKED OUT!! And didn't go back As I thought no way am I having them out. Is this a way for the dentist to get more money from me?! This was nearly a year ago & they hurt a bit occasionally but nothing major.

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    One of them has been hurting a lot recently so I have booked an appointment at a different dentist to see what they say. I am scared!! What if they say to have them out too Should I have them out?! Does it hurt?! Will my face blow up like a hamster??

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I am freaking out!!

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    I think it's different for different people. I chose to have two of mine removed because they were growing at an angle towards my cheek and I KEPT biting my cheek. For years. Eventually I asked about having them removed, they took x-rays and said they could do it under a local anesthetic, not general like some people have to.

    It was pretty uncomfortable and it left massive craters that had to be kept clean of food for months while they were healing. My face didn't bruise and swell up though.

    I really think there are a few different scenarios. Why not ask the dentist what the implications are?

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    I am sooooo not looking forward to this visit!!

    Maybe I can tell them to just put me completley under so I don't know what is going on!!

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    Ex dental nurse Di here and Dad was a dentist too.

    Wisdom teeth are useless to us now and hopefully evolution will weed them out.
    Some are lucky that they come through well, others not so.
    Some are lucky that if needed they can be extracted easily, just like other teeth, others not so lucky.
    Some are impacted in the bone, others are not.

    When they annoy you, become infected it is very wise to have them out. It is very miserable trying to live with it.
    They can be taken out under General anaesthetic if all 4 are to go or they are impacted etc( otherwise it is just like any other extraction in the dental chair.)
    Usually this is done in a private hospital.
    If you do not have private insurance it is pay up in front.
    It can be a few thousand dollars to do so and usually only necessitates day surgery unless there are some complications or the anaesthetic is done late afternoon.

    A young friend of mine had this done a year ago after many months of pain. She recons it is the best thing she ever did and has now paid back the loan she took out to do it.
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    I want to get mine out, I just cant afford it right now. Not to mention I'm petrified of dentists (didn't go to one for 6 years, that was a bad idea)

    I cant believe how different the effects of having WT out is for people. I had one friend who after having 4 out was back at work within the week. Another who only had two took almost a month.

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    Thanks Di, I will have to wait & see what they say on Monday. I don't want to get an infection but I am also terrified of having my teeth pulled out

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    What Di said.

    Find a dentist who will show you the xrays and explain why having them out (or not) is for the best.

    I've still got mine - they all came through nicely sort of. But only because I'd had four teeth out further forward and the wisdom teeth were able to use the space (pushed all the other teeth into the gaps). But there are problems trying to keep them clean and the tiny weeny gap between my wisdom teeth and the next tooth is prone to trapping debris and is hard to clean so I may yet need to have them out but as they're all poking through and not impacted - this may be able to be done with local. I'd rather keep them. Hmm ought to make more effort with the floss.

    So dentists do not automatically say you have to have your wisdom teeth out. I'm proof of that.

    If several different dentists say you ought to get them out, I think maybe you should listen to them. Ask around your friends or your parents and their friends to find out where they went and pick a dentist who gets the best recommendation. If you have to have a general anaethetic - try to find a dental *surgeon* or even a cranio facial surgeon.

    Most dentists do not get the same training as surgeons and if anything goes wrong - like you have a complication unrelated to dentistry - might not be able to help. I lost a friend who was only 20yo - he had a (previously unknown) heart problem and getting his wisdom teeth out with the wrong dentist - killed him. General anaesthetics and surgery deserve the best research you can do.

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    I had mine taken out under GA - they had to break them and take them piece by piece as they were growing into nerves - ergh. I was fine straight afterwards - no swelling - minimal pain and only spat up blood the first night and that was just in my saliva as excess from the op. No worries- you will be fine

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    I am sorry about your friend, I have heard of this happening to people who go under general anaesthetic before, that is another reason I am scared. I don't want to be awake to see it yet I am scared of going complelty under.

    My old dentist (in England) used to tell me they are fine & growing through straight but now I guess they have come through more & the chance of infection is higher as the skin is constantly broken. All my friends & family are in England so I can't use the same dentists anymore

    So a dental surgeon is prob the best way to go if I do have them out.

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    The thought of extraction is far worse than actually having it. I know this sounds silly coming from a Dentist's daughter and ex DN but I too have the irrational fear. Then when there it seems so silly. You can ask for a topical numbing agent so you don't even feel the injection. When it is all numb, all you feel is pushing. Push your thumb (no nail) into the palm of your hand, that is the kind of pushing you will feel. Doesn't hurt, does it.
    Afterwards you will be asked to chomp down on some cotton swab for about an hour, with others to change if needed. This stops bleeding and allows a good clot to form. You need this clot because if it is dislodged a "dry socket" can eventuate which is as painful as toothache and needs dental treatment. Avoiding hard rinsing of mouth and having soft foods, chewing on the other side helps with this.
    All my wisdom teeth came in OK. One of my sons has had 2 removed in the dental chair. My last extraction was only a year ago.
    Do not be afraid. Suck it up and then come back here and tell us how your fears stacked up against the reality.

    Hugs.

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