Wisdom Teeth Ways

Image courtesy of Tory Byrne.

Yesterday, I went to the dentist to have two wisdom teeth extracted.

I chose a localized freezing as opposed to being put out for the procedure. I felt that I didn’t need the extra dose of chemicals, nor the risk associated with a general anaesthetic, as low as it might be. Plus, the procedure would take a lot less time.

One of the things I did do was to take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever before the procedure. This allowed me to remain relatively pain-free during the time the freezing wore off and the wait to pick up my prescription for Tylenol 3. I also took my prophylactic dose of antibiotics, which is a requirement for anyone who has prosthetics.

I have made a point of remembering to take my antibiotics before any dental procedure. If you have prosthetics, is there a technique you use to remember to take your antibiotics?

Dark Dental Humour

I had requested a Friday appointment, but the receptionist told me that was the day that they put patients to sleep. “Oh, in that case, I’ll keep my Tuesday appointment, thank you very much!” (Note to receptionists: putting patients to sleep has a whole different connotation for pet owners!)

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6 Responses to “Wisdom Teeth Ways”

  1. Oh my! The putting patients to sleep comment got my attention really quickly. I thought you were going for my sister’s lament. She is terrified of the dentist, and every appointment seems to be scheduled for tooth hurty. Hope you recover quickly. Dentists are not my favorite people.

    • Actually, this was a non-event. I can’t believe it. The procedure was quick and I have no swelling, thanks to the ice-packs. I have no pain, either. I think having my back injury has diverted the attention.

  2. What a clever idea to take a painkiller prior to your procedure… I would never have thought of that.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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