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In this blog, I am sharing my experience of my impacted wisdom teeth removal and my experience of healing and wisdom teeth removal recovery after wisdom teeth removal.

Background of my Wisdom tooth removal and the journey afterwards: I had my lower left side wisdom tooth paining for quite some time and after every 20-30 days it used to develop a swelling around that wisdom tooth and might also invite wisdom tooth infection. When it used to swell or pain I used to take a pain killer for wisdom teeth pain relief. I also need to undergo an orthodontic treatment for Clearpath or invisalign braces, for which my dentist went through an initial inspection and advised me to get a Dental OPG, a kind of Dental X ray and this picture below shows my case:



From this Xray, one can easily see that my right side lower wisdom tooth is badly and horizontally impacted and also affecting and pushing my other teeth, but the problematic or the painful wisdom tooth was my left side lower wisdom tooth and it was advised by my dentist that it should be removed.





He also suggested that with lower wisdom tooth I should also get the upper wisdom tooth removed, so both my left side wisdom teeth extraction would be done. Also he told me that the badly impacted right lower wisdom tooth is a third degree type and it is the horizontally impacted wisdom tooth and to extract a horizontally impacted wisdom tooth, which is also not erupted completely, a minor surgery would be required to extract horizontally impacted wisdom tooth(Read my experience on surgical removal and recovery from my other side's wisdom tooth extraction). So, I booked an appointment for the removal and he told me that wisdom tooth removal process will be a painless procedure and I would resume my normal routine next day on wards but things didn't go that ways. Also I like to mention that wisdom teeth removal cost was not much and if you ask me how much is the wisdom tooth extraction cost in India then for me, Cost of wisdom tooth extraction for both teeth costed me around INR 2500 here in India.

Day of Impacted Wisdom tooth removal Procedure: I took an early leave from my office and reached Dental clinic on scheduled time. I took a seat at the Dental chair and then my dentist explained me process and made me comfortable. He told me that extraction process will be totally painless but I may get some kind of discomfort. Then he started the removal process with some kind of pungent spray in my mouth to make my mouth Numb and then for both Upper and Lower wisdom teeth extraction, he gave me injection at three different places for local anesthesia to make my mouth Numb. The Injections didn't pain much it felt like someone pinched me  and I was feeling some liquid inside my gums which did hurt a very small bit but was not very painful. Then we waited around 5-10 minutes and then he took out all his sharp and precision tools to start the extraction process. I was actually noticing things but couldn't feel anything happening inside my mouth and there was no pain at all but to look and notice what he was doing made me little anxious and also I got tired of keeping my mouth opened for so long. Finally after half an hour to 45 minutes, my both wisdom teeth removal was complete and I stood up. He then stitched wisdom tooth slot inside my mouth and placed a gauge for which he asked me to keep my mouth shut for atleast 45 minutes and then he started giving me instructions, though I was not in a position to listen but still I tried hard to listen to him. He also gave me written instructions in case I forget what he told me.

Some of the instructions for wisdom tooth removal told by my dentist were:

1. Hold the Gauge between the teeth for atleast 45 minutes.
2. For 24 hours, consume mostly liquid and semi solids and consume as much cold food items as I can but nothing hot not even lukewarm for 24 hours.
3. He also instructed me on what to eat after wisdom teeth removal, for 24 hours only cold and soft stuff as mentioned above and post 24 hours, some warm food items would do but should be semi solids and should b chewed from other side.
4. Keep pressing Ice pack for 24 hours to tackle face swelling after wisdom tooth removal
5. He prescribed to take Ketorol DT as a pain killer for wisdom teeth pain relief 
6. Do not smoke, drink alcohol, suck or spit anything, drinking with straw for atleast 3-4 days to avoid a condition called Dry socket, which may happen after wisdom tooth extraction and Dry socket is very painful condition and might extend the healing period and also there is a risk of infection
7. He instructed to not do much of a physical activity for atleast 24 hours
8. He also told me the importance of oral hygiene and asked me to gentally keep brushing my teeth daily
9. After 24 hours, I can start a gargle with salt and lukewarm water to keep the mouth clean. These gentle saline water gargles were to be repeated every couple of hours
10. I should keep messaging the face with hot and cold water alternatively to minimize the swelling on the face.

So, these were the important instructions provided by him and then he booked another appointment for me after a week to remove wisdom teeth stitches. I came home and for few hours, I couldn't feel anything due to local anesthesia but after couple of hours, I started feeling discomfort first and then pain. I took Ketorol DT and after 15-20 minutes, I got some relief. Also most discomforting were the stitches inside my mouth.

1st day after wisdom teeth extraction: I couldn't sleep sound and when I woke up in the morning, I had to take a pain killer. It was paining badly. Also I had to brush teeth to maintain oral hygiene. I took leave a from office and most of the day I spent just eating ice creams and sleeping. I kept taking pain killer, every 4-5 hours. My face also had a big swelling.

2nd day after wisdom tooth extraction. There was no change in pain, had to keep taking painkillers regularly but now I had to start saline water gargles.. Diet was ever low and again 2nd day I spent in little discomfort, at the end of second day after my wisdom teeth removal I started feeling sticky teeth, which were annoying. I also had a metallic taste in my mouth after 2nd day of extraction and also had an pressure to suck inside my mouth and it started concerning because I didn't want to dislodge my clot formation to invite Dry Socket. Metallic taste might be due to little bit of bleeding inside the mouth.

3rd Day after removal of wisdom teeth: I read everywhere that by 3rd day, wisdom teeth removal pain starts diminishing but in my case it increased, It made a little anxious about complications because despite following instructions I had a pain increasing on Day 3. Also my face was still swelled. At the night one of the stitch got automatically removed and it was such a relief after that. Feeling of sticky teeth was still there and still had to take 3-4 painkillers a day.

4th Day after extraction: From fourth day from teeth extraction, pain started to ease out, one reason was also that one of the stitch got removed automatically and I started attempting to eat semi solids and tried coming back to normal diet. Still kept gargling 3-4 times a day with Saline water. From 3-4 Ketorol DT pain killer tablets a day, I started cutting  back to 2 tablets. The only pain I was left with was while opening my mouth, swelling was still there and couldn't open my mouth. If I am not doing any activity inside my mouth then there was no pain at all but If I attempt to eat something with a little wider mouth then It pained due to swelling. Also there was a discomfort that I still had 2 stitches left and those are considered as foreign substance in mouth by body's natural defences and thus the acids were getting released more to dissolve those making more plaque and discomfort inside the mouth.

5th and 6th day after wisdom teeth extraction: 5th and 6th day went similar to my experience of Day 4. There was a slight improvement in swelling but still couldn't open my mouth comfortably. I was still gargling 2-3 times a day and tried to maintain oral hygiene.  I joined back my office and now the only pain left was due to swelling and this pain I could feel in my cheeks and also had a discomfort due to stitches in my mouth.

7th day after wisdom teeth extraction: 7th day was my appointment with my dentist in the evening and this day I would cut loose my stitches. He looked inside my mouth and told me he was satisfied with healing and he removed the stitches with no pain at all. I asked him about the precautions as I still had swelling and little discomfort. He told me now I am back to normal, and can take anything. Miraculously after removal of stitches, all the things started healing very fast.

8th Day after extraction: When I woke up on 8th day, this was the first day, I didn't need to take a pain killer. swelling was greatly improved and I could open my mouth a bit more and there was now no sticky or acidic feeling inside my mouth. 9th Day, things started to improve further.

10th Day after extraction: It was perfect like nothing happened in my mouth and I was back to normal. I called my dentist to fix an appointment for next week for other side's surgical extraction of horizontal impacted wisdom tooth but those 10 days were the time I took to heal completely from my two wisdom teeth removal.

Read here for my experience of Horizontally impacted wisdom tooth surgery of other side and my recovery afterwards.


« Last Edit: July 03, 2016, 09:45:27 PM by Saurabh Soni »




 


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