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« Reply #50 on: November 24, 2015, 09:21:12 AM »
Answering question upthread about anesthesia: They put in a little IV needle...a "butterfly"...not the big 18 gauge things. They injected something into the IV tubing, and I was simply "out." Immediately. Didn't know anything, didn't feel anything, didn't hear anything. Total oblivion.  When I woke up, it seemed like no time had passed. I couldn't believe it was already done. I was not allowed to drive myself home, but didn't feel groggy, hung over, sick, or anything else. I did lie down and take my pain meds as soon as I got home...tried to take it as easy as possible...but couldn't relax too much, as I had to watch my two pre-schoolers. I was thinking that if I rested as much as I could for a couple days, my body would have more energy to heal my mouth. But again, no after-effects at all from the anesthesia, whatever it was. I don't know if I talked while I was "out." I doubt it...and the oral surgeon and staff didn't know me personally anyway, so don't think it would have mattered.

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« Reply #51 on: November 24, 2015, 09:58:10 AM »
Cool, thanks lizzzi. I think I'll discuss the different sedation methods with the surgeon tomorrow. I'm starting to lean towards being under so I can take a little nap and not know what the hell they're doing in there. I really don't want to hear it if they have to break the bone, but being 26 I don't know if the roots of them have gotten down into the bone yet. Hopefully not.

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« Reply #52 on: November 24, 2015, 10:33:41 AM »
I'm seriously debating whether I want to be awake or knocked out for when I get mine removed. My grandmother had a bad reaction (her heart stopped) under general anesthesia so I'm leaning towards being awake. BUT I'm afraid of feeling any pain or hearing crunching noises if they have to break the teeth.

For those of you that were knocked out, did you have any strange reactions to it? Any talking about strange things or spilling any secrets you were supposed to keep? My friend said she felt like she had a hangover for the rest of the day and I'd rather avoid feeling like that. I also wouldn't want to spill the beans about my cousin's big news she wants to reveal at Thanksgiving. If I blabbed it under the influence she would never forgive me.

I had mine out at about 18 with only local freezing. No sedatives or general was even offered. I don't think it was very common back then. I only had 3 WT and only 1 was impacted. I'd do it under just local again. I hate that it takes so long to wake up fully from general and that someone needs to babysit you the rest of the day.

If you feel any pain, the dentist will just give you more freezing. Make sure he waits a bit after injecting more so it has a chance to work. Otherwise, the drilling is the same as the drilling to fill a cavity, NBD. There's just an unpleasant pulling sensation as the tooth comes out and a small crunching noise as the root releases.

Don't be a wussypants. Get'er done.

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« Reply #53 on: November 24, 2015, 05:58:19 PM »
Not every wisdom tooth extraction is horrific.

Yeah,  mine was easy-peasy despite my advanced age and long roots.  Local anesthetic because I refused sedation (he approved of that, said he does not like the extra risk of sedation), $400, I arrived pretty early for my appointment and the surgeon was ready (I had the first slot of the day and he got to work early too) so we got started early.  I was out of there just a few minutes after my scheduled start time.

He prescribed Vicodin, I refused to take that script, so he switched it to an OTC something or other.  I left the office, went grocery shopping with the wife (I had her drive me to the office instead of walking because I was afraid walking might aggravate bleeding afterwards), the local wore off and the pain was nothing really, so I never went and got my pain meds.  Did have some extra bleeding, probably from spending all that time walking around the grocery store instead of taking it easy.  So, went through an extra roll of gauze, but the bleeding was mostly controlled by bedtime.

I was on soft foods for about a week.  Lost 10lbs despite consuming massive quantities of my favorite pudding.  :-)

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« Reply #54 on: November 24, 2015, 08:10:04 PM »
He prescribed Vicodin, I refused to take that script, so he switched it to an OTC something or other.

From someone who is oblivious to different drugs, what's wrong with Vicodin? Some Googling shows it's a pain reliever with usual side effects you tend to hear about.

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« Reply #55 on: November 24, 2015, 08:50:32 PM »
He prescribed Vicodin, I refused to take that script, so he switched it to an OTC something or other.

From someone who is oblivious to different drugs, what's wrong with Vicodin? Some Googling shows it's a pain reliever with usual side effects you tend to hear about.
Can't speak for BlueMR2, but it's pretty intense, can be habit forming (it is a narcotic), and if that's not something you want to mess with, that's legit. :) That said, it's also the bees knees for killing pain, hence why it's prescribed. But it's definitely something, like all drugs, that should be considered before taking.

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« Reply #56 on: November 24, 2015, 10:16:46 PM »
The total cost of the surgery is $1900, but my deductible is $1000. After this surgery, any and all medical expenses until September of next year would be covered by insurance.

Are you absolutely positive that your medical insurance will cover this?  There is a strange and fine line dividing the territories covered by dental insurance and medical insurance.  Worse, this boundary line shifts based upon plan design and insurer.  You really have to carefully read your plan documents to be sure and even then it'd be wise to call the insurer(s).

I suggest asking the office to send the entire proposed treatment plan for precertification.  Not all plans/insurers require prior authorization or precertification, but it would be nice to be absolutely sure (and have the paperwork to back up) that this falls under medical insurance and that $1,000 deductible. 

Some plans make distinctions in covering impacted teeth - some cover both soft tissue and bone impacted, some only if bone impacted - and many specify precise limits in covering erupted teeth.  You mentioned one or two of the three are over-erupted and one (or two) are impacted.  The differing statuses of these teeth could complicate what is and isn't covered and by which plan (if you have both dental and health). 

Example: Erupted WT deemed necessary to remove by my dentist would fall under my dental insurance and its associated deductible and coinsurance.  An impacted WT that must be removed might fall under my health insurance, but only if it meets certain criteria.  If it's not covered by my health insurance, I feel confident my dental insurance would then pick it up, but the cost may be wildly different (insurers rarely have the exact same agreed upon rates with providers).

If you've already done this legwork and I just misinterpreted what you meant by "medical insurance" in your original post, feel free to ignore my handwringing on your behalf.  :)
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« Reply #57 on: November 25, 2015, 09:42:28 AM »
Consider yourself blessed with out a $1000 bill.

I had mine removed when I was 17 I think.  I was on pills and slept for the better amount of 2 days.

Answering question upthread about anesthesia: They put in a little IV needle...a "butterfly"...not the big 18 gauge things. They injected something into the IV tubing, and I was simply "out." Immediately. Didn't know anything, didn't feel anything, didn't hear anything. Total oblivion.  When I woke up, it seemed like no time had passed. I couldn't believe it was already done.

This is my experience with anesthesia as well.  Count down from 5... OK, 5,4...boom gone... boom all done.

I got up afterwards and I was groggy, couldn't really stand up for a long time.

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« Reply #58 on: November 25, 2015, 12:25:16 PM »
I went to my consult today and scheduled my surgery for the 27th of May bright and early. Its gonna be around $1800 though. Oh well, they gotta come out. Especially since that one is pretty close to the nerve and if left in the roots could hit it in the future. I've decided to be put under and do all three at once.

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« Reply #59 on: November 25, 2015, 03:18:19 PM »
I went to my consult today and scheduled my surgery for the 27th of May bright and early. Its gonna be around $1800 though. Oh well, they gotta come out. Especially since that one is pretty close to the nerve and if left in the roots could hit it in the future. I've decided to be put under and do all three at once.

You'll do great!!

One note about insurance: I would assume you gave the billing person/department at the hospital all the possibly relevant info, but it's worth noting that medical insurance will sometimes cover sedation even if it doesn't cover the extraction (which might be through dental insurance, or just on you). Insurance is weird and convoluted.

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« Reply #60 on: November 25, 2015, 03:28:06 PM »
Yeah they had me give them both my health insurance and my dental insurance info to them. But they are out-of-network so I have to pay the whole thing upfront and then they bill the insurance and whatever the insurance pays will come back to me as a reimbursement. I've never heard of that before so it kind of threw me for a second. Has anybody had any experience with this happening to them?

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« Reply #61 on: November 25, 2015, 06:40:58 PM »
Yeah they had me give them both my health insurance and my dental insurance info to them. But they are out-of-network so I have to pay the whole thing upfront and then they bill the insurance and whatever the insurance pays will come back to me as a reimbursement. I've never heard of that before so it kind of threw me for a second. Has anybody had any experience with this happening to them?

Why are you going with an out-of-network provider?

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« Reply #62 on: November 25, 2015, 07:04:03 PM »
Because they're the closest oral surgeon to me that will see me. The other three within a 50-mile radius either don't accept my insurance at all (so no chance of any reimbursement), aren't accepting new patients (the doctor is about to retire next year), or are booked up (so they claim) until next November. I can't wait that long to get them out as they are pressing against my other teeth. I'm also comfortable with this surgeon after meeting with him (I find that very important if someone is going to be knocking me out and cutting out my teeth) and a friend who is deathly afraid of dentists actually recommended them to me.

So while they may be out-of-network, I do find it worth it to have the procedure performed by someone I feel comfortable with, and whose skills I have confidence in. Crazy? Maybe.

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« Reply #63 on: November 25, 2015, 07:28:08 PM »
Wisdom teeth were involuntarily removed when I attended “boot camp” decades ago.  Before boot, my private dentist said all was well.  The military decided otherwise….

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« Reply #64 on: November 25, 2015, 08:07:35 PM »
Because they're the closest oral surgeon to me that will see me. The other three within a 50-mile radius either don't accept my insurance at all (so no chance of any reimbursement), aren't accepting new patients (the doctor is about to retire next year), or are booked up (so they claim) until next November. I can't wait that long to get them out as they are pressing against my other teeth. I'm also comfortable with this surgeon after meeting with him (I find that very important if someone is going to be knocking me out and cutting out my teeth) and a friend who is deathly afraid of dentists actually recommended them to me.

So while they may be out-of-network, I do find it worth it to have the procedure performed by someone I feel comfortable with, and whose skills I have confidence in. Crazy? Maybe.

I didn't mean to imply it was crazy/unjustifiable, I was just curious what the circumstance was :)  It is important to have someone you trust at least a little. I didn't see my oral surgeon at all the day I got mine done. Only at consultation. Also wow 50 mile radius.  You must be in a pretty rural area...

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« Reply #65 on: November 25, 2015, 10:06:10 PM »
Had one out in my late twenties. This was during graduate school and after it had gotten infected to the point where I couldn't open my mouth. The dentist gave me antibiotics and said that the tooth was coming out as soon as I could open my mouth far enough. I had it done at the university hospital (Cal, Cowell hospital), very low budget: they gave me one shot of novacaine, which leaked.

That was unpleasant. I waited a few years until I was out of school and had private dental insurance before having the other three out: they numbed me up thoroughly and it took about ten minutes to yank out all three, which had long since erupted and had long, twisted roots. A couple days of soft food, maybe a little extra-strength Tylenol, and that was it. I should have had it all done sooner. Years of low grade infections are not good for the body. Get it done.

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« Reply #66 on: November 26, 2015, 06:01:04 AM »
Because they're the closest oral surgeon to me that will see me. The other three within a 50-mile radius either don't accept my insurance at all (so no chance of any reimbursement), aren't accepting new patients (the doctor is about to retire next year), or are booked up (so they claim) until next November. I can't wait that long to get them out as they are pressing against my other teeth. I'm also comfortable with this surgeon after meeting with him (I find that very important if someone is going to be knocking me out and cutting out my teeth) and a friend who is deathly afraid of dentists actually recommended them to me.

So while they may be out-of-network, I do find it worth it to have the procedure performed by someone I feel comfortable with, and whose skills I have confidence in. Crazy? Maybe.

I didn't mean to imply it was crazy/unjustifiable, I was just curious what the circumstance was :)  It is important to have someone you trust at least a little. I didn't see my oral surgeon at all the day I got mine done. Only at consultation. Also wow 50 mile radius.  You must be in a pretty rural area...

You didn't see the surgeon on the day of the surgery? Does that mean they knocked you out before they got there? I think I'd like to talk to mine a little before the surgery just to go over what was going to happen again. Especially since it won't be until May that I get it done.


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« Reply #67 on: November 26, 2015, 10:40:56 AM »
Because they're the closest oral surgeon to me that will see me. The other three within a 50-mile radius either don't accept my insurance at all (so no chance of any reimbursement), aren't accepting new patients (the doctor is about to retire next year), or are booked up (so they claim) until next November. I can't wait that long to get them out as they are pressing against my other teeth. I'm also comfortable with this surgeon after meeting with him (I find that very important if someone is going to be knocking me out and cutting out my teeth) and a friend who is deathly afraid of dentists actually recommended them to me.

So while they may be out-of-network, I do find it worth it to have the procedure performed by someone I feel comfortable with, and whose skills I have confidence in. Crazy? Maybe.

I didn't mean to imply it was crazy/unjustifiable, I was just curious what the circumstance was :)  It is important to have someone you trust at least a little. I didn't see my oral surgeon at all the day I got mine done. Only at consultation. Also wow 50 mile radius.  You must be in a pretty rural area...

You didn't see the surgeon on the day of the surgery? Does that mean they knocked you out before they got there? I think I'd like to talk to mine a little before the surgery just to go over what was going to happen again. Especially since it won't be until May that I get it done.
I don't know if my experience is typical, but maybe be prepared to ask? I was busy being nervous about the whole thing and then got knocked out abd then it was over. Didn't occur me to ask.

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« Reply #68 on: December 01, 2015, 04:55:11 PM »
My husband had 4 molars and two wisdom teeth out under a general when he was a teenager. The recovery was pretty horrible.

When we were in our mid-20s our dentist recommended seeing a surgeon about my husband getting his other two teeth out and me getting my 4 wisdom teeth out. I had two at the top that were coming down a little too long as the teeth at the bottom hadn't erupted properly. One at the bottom hadn't erupted at all and was laying sideways. The other side was also sideways and had a small, round piece of tooth coming through the gum. It was recommended I get them out at it would be hard to clean, especially the small, round piece.

We visited the surgeon and he gave us a deal for the initial appointment. As we were both getting the same thing done he saw us together and only charged us once ($80). We booked in a month apart, me first to get one side done, then my husband a month later for his last two teeth, and me returning a month after that for my last two.

We opted to have it done in the chair. It was much, much cheaper (only a few hundred dollars, no insurance) and my husband's experience is that recovery is faster in the chair as they put less pressure on your face when you are still awake - they can be quite rough when you are under a general, and you can come out with more bruising.

I went in first. The top tooth came out easily. They broke apart the bottom tooth before taking it out. It was all very straight forward. I came out feeling great. My husband drove me home as we lived 100 miles from our nearest dental surgeon. Recovery took a few days. I didn't sleep much the first night, but we just sat up watching movies.

The following month my husband went in. As soon as he came out I knew he'd had a different experience to me. He was so pale and sweaty, not laughing and happy to show anyone his new gap as I had been. Apparently he has really big bones in his face that 'soak up' the local anaesthetic, and so he felt it all. The surgeon had given him 4x the usual amount of anaesthetic and couldn't give him any more. He gave my husband the option of going to hospital for a general, and warned him that once he cracked the tooth to start taking it out the only options were to continue with the procedure or be taken to hospital for the general. My husband apparently didn't want to pay the extra (Mustachian much?), gripped the arm rests on the chair and gave the surgeon to go-ahead - he felt the whole thing.

At least his recovery time was as quick as mine had been.

That experience freaked me out and I didn't go back the following month for my appointment! (Called up and cancelled). That was about 7 years ago now and my teeth haven't given me any troubles. I get x-rays when the dentist says to, to make sure there isn't any movement. I make sure I brush and floss right to the back. I will see how I go.

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« Reply #69 on: December 01, 2015, 06:24:03 PM »
I have only one more of mine to be removed. It's a project I started a year or two ago. I try to keep my teeth in top shape and take care of things that could be a problem down the road. I wouldn't want to have dental issues in the middle of a job loss or natural disaster, especially stuff that could have been avoided.

 

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« Reply #70 on: December 02, 2015, 12:19:14 PM »
I don't feel entirely comfortable with the fact that the people doing the recommending are the ones that stand to profit.
So by this logic, the OP should seek a farrier's recommendation? Yes to a second opinion, but be sure to get it from a qualified professional. Sheesh.

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« Reply #71 on: December 02, 2015, 12:59:48 PM »
I had 4 fully impacted wisdom teeth (completely horizontal on all four) for ages. No pain, no issues at all. At the age of 25 or 26, they partially broke through my gum line behind my back teeth where they are supposed to be - still no pain issues or teeth issues. What could have caused an issue is what another poster mentioned - once they are partially exposed, they are caves for bacteria and you can get infections or tooth decay in an area that you just can't brush/clean. So at the age of 25 or 26 I had all four cut out.

The permanent lip numbness warning you're given is to cover their own butts - it rarely ever happens.

I was put under, had all four cut out, packed my face with gauze and sent on home. I didn't take any of the painkillers prescribed to me - I took generic Tylenol for a few days and was good to go (other than looking like Rocky Marciano used my cheeks/jaw as a punching bag...). Smoothies, soup, and noodles were a necessity for a few days and then I started incorporating 'softer' solid foods - non-toasted PB&J sandwiches, bananas, more noodles, things like that.

The only advice I can give that I haven't seen yet is when they tell you to switch out your gauze, WET THE GAUZE FIRST - putting dry gauze in caused the blood clot(s) to cling to the new gauze and when I changed it out later, I ripped the clot(s) out - there's nothing like a blood eruption in your mouth! :)

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« Reply #72 on: December 02, 2015, 01:04:47 PM »
Did not know that trick about wetting the gauze first. I'll try to remember that in May.

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« Reply #73 on: December 02, 2015, 01:44:08 PM »
The dentist I had when I was younger said I had to get them out because they're impacted.

Age 23 or so, they finally came in on top. They started out aiming the wrong direction and rotated and shifted until they're mostly where they should be (behind last teeth, aiming down). The dentist I had when that happened said if they're not giving me any trouble, leave 'em be. Late 20s, still no sign of the bottom ones. I suspect I'll eventually get the top ones out because they didn't erupt far enough to be level with the other teeth, so my toothbrush doesn't reach them (the molar in front of them is shielding them), and they'll probably end up cavity-prone for that reason.

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« Reply #74 on: December 02, 2015, 04:28:48 PM »
My dentist, and then the oral surgeon, told me that wisdom teeth that are impacted cause bacterial buildup and can actually eat away the bone under your teeth, as well as cause problems for the rest of your mouth. There is definitely nothing wrong with getting a second opinion, nor of asking questions.

I would get them out now while you are young and recover more easily. I had my bottom two out in my thirties and it sucked quite a bit.

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« Reply #75 on: December 02, 2015, 07:23:13 PM »
I had three of mine out as they were sideways and impacted and really painful.  I left one in because I had to have an upper adjacent tooth pulled in high school and there was space for it to come in correctly.  That tooth hasn't given me issues and is now being moved to fill the space by my orthodontist!  :) 

Do get a second opinion if you don't agree with the surgeon's philosophy. 

I agree with the sedation surgery,  it was easy and way less traumatic for me than any other dental visit I have had. 

Ice is very important, I highly suggest frozen peas as the bag will form to your face.  That's what I used and I had very little swelling. 

Also, avoid rice for a long time... they had to cut mine out sideways and rice got caught in the hole for like 6 months after.  Also make sure they give you one of those water syringes to clean the area.  http://www.amazon.com/Ezy-Care-Dental-Irrigating-Syringe/dp/B000FQ5N1A  My friends who didn't get one got infections and the ones who got one and used it had no issues. 

I was pretty good to go out and do things after wards... Went to a lecture that night and then on a festive outings the next few days, but I didn't even try and eat real food for 3 days. 

Good luck!!

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« Reply #76 on: December 02, 2015, 10:28:08 PM »
You don't need a second opinion. You have 3 wisdom teeth that will never be useful teeth and can only cause problems.  1 coming out sideways and 2 that are over-erupted. Obviously, I haven't seen the xrays but from what you have written:

Since they are erupted (through the gum),  removing them is relatively simple and you should get all 3 done at the same time.   You shouldn't need sutures and recovery should be quick.

Post surgery, your oral surgeon should give you a painkiller/anti inflammatory with instructions on what/what not to eat.  Don't drink/eat through a straw.  Lukewarm soup and pasta is great. 

Much better to get this done when you are young and before any problems start.


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« Reply #77 on: December 03, 2015, 01:50:20 AM »
I had to have mine removed by a maxillofacial surgeon due to awkward positioning and one was beginning to erupt and do its beat to slam into the next door tooth. So I had all four removed under local and sedation. Easy recovery. Took pain relief regularly as prescribed so pretty much no pain in recovery. Did good oral cares and have had no problems ever since.
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« Reply #78 on: December 04, 2015, 06:59:01 AM »
Since the surgery will be over $1800 and they're out of network (meaning I'm responsible for any amount over the allowed amount of the procedure), I'm gonna look into a dental discount plan and see if I can save a couple hundred bucks on it. Has anyone used a dental discount plan before?

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« Reply #79 on: December 04, 2015, 08:12:59 AM »
A couple stories:

I had mine out at age ~18, no narcotics afterwards.  I had the twilight sleep, slept through the whole thing, it was fine.  But it did take about 2 weeks of eating soft foods and avoiding things like chips that might have crunchy pokey bits. 

H ad his out at ~30.  No dental coverage when he was younger, but as soon as he had good dental coverage he got them out.  All went fine, etc.  But.  Whatever sedative they gave him (same deal as mine- twilight sleep- but I think they gave him Vicodin or something after) made his Drunk As A Skunk.  So we leave the office, and he thinks he is hil.a.rious.  He is pretending to be doing field sobriety tests, he is careening all over the place, he is loud.  I have never been more embarrassed.  I finally get him into the car to drive him home.  Not 2 blocks from our house, he tells me to pull over, and barfs all over the grass in front of a store.  That is last time he ever took narcotics.   He now sucks it up and deals with Tylenol and Ibuprofin.

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« Reply #80 on: December 04, 2015, 09:22:17 AM »
I had all 4 impacted sideways, and had all 4 taken out when I was 18, one afternoon after school (did it a few weeks before graduating HS). Local freeze anesthesia with a trickle of nitrous. I heard all the hammering, crunching, drilling, and snapping, as well as the uncomfortable pull as they were yanked out. I did not enjoy the sounds and sensations, and my heart started to race, but I do seem to remember time passing quickly.

Being young and healthy, I healed rather quickly. In fact I went to school the very next day and missed no class time. Same food/activity caveats though.

My sister, on the other hand, had hers out in her early twenties. She experienced some nerve damage and has permanent numbness in a part of her lower lip.

Reading everyone else's accounts, I'm glad I got it done when by body was young and healed fast (it seems to take me weeks just to heal from a minor scrape these days). Although if I had to do it again and had the option, I'd take the general anesthesia!

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« Reply #81 on: December 11, 2015, 06:28:54 AM »
Are you absolutely positive that your medical insurance will cover this?  There is a strange and fine line dividing the territories covered by dental insurance and medical insurance.  Worse, this boundary line shifts based upon plan design and insurer.  You really have to carefully read your plan documents to be sure and even then it'd be wise to call the insurer(s).

I suggest asking the office to send the entire proposed treatment plan for precertification.  Not all plans/insurers require prior authorization or precertification, but it would be nice to be absolutely sure (and have the paperwork to back up) that this falls under medical insurance and that $1,000 deductible.

Some plans make distinctions in covering impacted teeth - some cover both soft tissue and bone impacted, some only if bone impacted - and many specify precise limits in covering erupted teeth.  You mentioned one or two of the three are over-erupted and one (or two) are impacted.  The differing statuses of these teeth could complicate what is and isn't covered and by which plan (if you have both dental and health). 

This is really great advice. Had I read it a little sooner, I absolutely would have done this thorough of a check. Although I was surprised that my health insurance covered it, and not dental (just what is the difference? I should look that up!), I did get verbal confirmation from my insurance company over the phone, and then separately from the oral surgeon's office, who also called them.

At the time of payment (yesterday), I only paid the amount to the surgeon that I would have paid assuming that my insurance covered the rest. So that's a good start, I suppose. We'll see if the insurance company follows through.

As it happens, I am fortunate enough to be in a position to afford the operation in entirely if my insurance doesn't cover it, so the possibility of them not paying isn't causing me any stress.

Thanks again for this advice. I'm absolutely going to do this going forward for any dental-related things that may come up.



Thanks for all of the advice, everyone! After hearing all of your encouragement to get it done, I decided to just go through with it, without any second opinions.

And it happened yesterday, less than 24 hours ago! And I was really scared right up until they put me under. But the recovery has been remarkably easy.

Everyone at the surgeon's office kept saying that I'd just go to bed for 2 days straight, and that the pain meds would alleviate any pain. But after 10-20 minutes at home, the anesthesia fully weared off, and I've felt great. I didn't take any naps, and I pretty much had a regular day off from work.

There's been no bleeding, pretty much no pain (I've had bruises that have hurt way more), no puffy face, and no nerve damage :)

It's been about 10 hours since I've taken a pain med, and the bottle says it lasts for about 6 hours. I feel so lucky that the recovery has gone so well! Some of the horror stories I've heard had me worried :)

I'm going to send my oral surgeon a thank you note. It seems like he did a really good job! And I ended up being worried for nothing :)

Thanks again for all of your stories, advice, and thoughts! Even though I was still scared, your messages all made me more confident that I was making the right decision.

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« Reply #82 on: December 11, 2015, 08:26:26 AM »
I'm glad to hear you've had such an easy recovery so far. I hope mine goes as well in May.

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« Reply #83 on: December 11, 2015, 09:57:30 AM »
I had mine out recently at age 28. Mine had come in perfectly normally with no over, under. Or sideways. I asked for anaesthesia, which was covered by insurance if I got 3+ teeth removed during any surgery.

I was going to comment on the X rays. Don't worry about them. CT scans, nuclear medicine, PET scans. Maybe even long duration flouroscopy. Worry about those. Collimation and shielding and limited duration make this a no brainer.

Maybe when you get over thirty body x rays in under a year you might want to lay off for a bit. But 4? Psh.

~says an x Ray tech.

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« Reply #84 on: December 11, 2015, 11:25:04 AM »
I'm glad to hear you've had such an easy recovery so far.

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I had a similarly good recovery and ended up taking just Advil for pain and not the powerful painkillers they gave me. Enjoy all the ice cream and the time off work!

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« Reply #85 on: December 11, 2015, 08:53:43 PM »
Just piping in to add my experience getting my wisdom teeth removed.  I did it during a college break, so I was staying with my parents and they did a great job taking care of me -- oh, yeah, I milked it!  ;-)  But seriously, I had a wonderful oral surgeon, and we did full sedation.  On the day of the surgery, I did talk with her first and with the nurses/other professionals.  They gave me some laughing gas before putting in the IV.  I think I said a few silly things, but then was out pretty quickly.  After the surgery, they brought me to a small recovery room with my dad, and I sat in a comfy chair.  He kept trying to get me to wake up, but I was so sleepy!  I think it was about 30 minutes before I was awake enough that they could safely let me leave.  I didn't really eat any solid food for at least 3 or 4 days, but I had soup, I think.  The pain was moderate.  I would say my recovery (as far as nausea, pain, or general fatigue) took about one week.  The extraction sites probably took another week or two to feel normal, I think.  FWIW, I think you're making a good choice and wish you a speedy recovery!

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« Reply #86 on: December 12, 2015, 10:31:52 AM »
Ha! LeRainDrop's story reminded me that I had all four of mine extracted on the day after Thanksgiving. I figured if ever there was a day I didn't need to eat...
It actually went really well. So well that I developed a huge craving for pizza that night, so I walked to the corner pizzeria and brought home a single cheese slice, which I nibbled on very carefully. Man, it was good!

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« Reply #87 on: December 15, 2015, 10:57:28 AM »
Everyone at the surgeon's office kept saying that I'd just go to bed for 2 days straight, and that the pain meds would alleviate any pain. But after 10-20 minutes at home, the anesthesia fully weared off, and I've felt great. I didn't take any naps, and I pretty much had a regular day off from work.

There's been no bleeding, pretty much no pain (I've had bruises that have hurt way more), no puffy face, and no nerve damage :)

It's been about 10 hours since I've taken a pain med, and the bottle says it lasts for about 6 hours. I feel so lucky that the recovery has gone so well! Some of the horror stories I've heard had me worried :)

Glad you got it done and are having an easy recovery! :)

I do think in your shoes I'd be careful to keep taking it easy (no exercise/raising blood pressure in head) and follow recommendations for a couple days (no drinking through a straw or sharp-edged/crunchy foods) to make sure it continued going well. :)

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« Reply #88 on: December 15, 2015, 11:46:22 AM »
I got it done in the summer I was 16, I think. All four. The dentist said they were impacted and I didn't really question it. I was sedated for the surgery and apparently I was somewhat combative on waking up, which I expect was embarrassing for my father, who came to pick me up, as it was simply done in our dentist's office.

I wasn't offered any fancy pain pills and simply took ibuprofen. I don't recall the pain being very bad. My parents simply prepared regular food and I ate it all with my front teeth, which probably contributed more pain after the first few days than the surgery. My mother is really into salad.