Friday, April 22, 2016

Wisdom Tooth (Third Molar) Removal Part 1

"Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal"
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On the 18th of April 2016 I got to experience something new. Truthfully, I regretted waiting until I have a child to finally get it over and done with.

From here

My first third molar erupted sometimes in 2011 if I'm not mistaken. The process was slow, and I noticed earlier on that I would definitely need to remove it because of its awkward position. Cleaning it was difficult, and every now and then the tooth would bite into my cheek and cause pain and swelling. Prior to getting married, I have already planned to visit a dentist to remove it, but as usual, I procrastinated.

Bad choice!

Finally after my son turned 10 months old, I went to a dentist and was referred to the specialist clinic after they took an x-ray of the tooth. On the day of the 'mini operation', I had breakfast and went there with my sisters and son. The dentist was really nice. He asked me what was my problem, listened to my answers and explained every procedure to me simply but with enough information to make me feel confident despite the tremor in my fingers.

So this is what happened:-

  1. Signing consent form once explanation given - I get to ask questions and my wuestions was answered nicely.
  2. Cleaning the mouth.
  3. Giving of local anethesia.
  4. Waiting for anesthesia to work.
  5. Cutting open the gum.
  6. Drilling to cut off the bony parts (according to the dentist)
  7. Removal of tooth.
  8. Stitching.
  9. Gargling one last time. After that I was not allowed to gargle for the next 24 hours.
  10. Biting into gauze to promote blood clot for at least 1 hour.

Everything was settled within 1 hour. I was then discharged with paracetamol as painkiller and a bottle of mouth gargle to be used three times daily after the first 24 hours.

So, why did I say my choice was an awful one?

to be continued...

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