My Wisdom Tooth Removal Experience: Part 3 of 3

Well guys, it looks like this won’t be my last post about this subject after all. I had my follow-up appointment with my surgeon and it appears that I will have to see him every three weeks for the next three months. I have to admit that I’m really disappointed. Not with my doctor but with the whole concept of removing wisdom teeth. It just seems that in this day and age there would be improved methods or technology to decrease negative outcomes with removal. Anyways, I’ll use this post to review what was determined at my appointment. (Click here to read part 1 of 3)

Numbness…haaaa! I cannot feel anything in the following marked region of my face:

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This is a small area but it’s really annoying because I can’t feel when I’m biting my tongue or irritating my skill by touching it too much. There is also an overwhelming sensation of intense pressure in my lower teeth on that side. If could imagine your teeth squeezing together then that’s how it feels. The pain medication does not relieve this feeling so I often stay up at night until I can pass out. The surgeon prescribed a steroid series to help relieve the pressure. I will see him every three weeks so he can perform a needle test on this region. All the needle test involves is him taking a syringe needle and slightly poking the skin to get a response. If it’s sharp and painful then that means I have normal nerve activity; however, if it feels like a dull ache then the nerve is injured.  One weird relief method I use for the pressure is drinking a soda. Must be something to do with the carbonation?

Sloppy speech– This is probably the worst offender. I have a lisp now and most of my “f” or “s” words sound jumbled. Did I mention that I do some work in a call center? Yea answering satan’s hotline with annoying mouth issues is not fun!

 

On a positive note, the weird white scab on the side of my tongue is gone. Please pray that my recovery is swift and that I’ll be better than before.

 

My Wisdom Tooth Removal Experience: Part 2 of 3

I wanted to give a brief update on my healing process. So just to recap, I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed and i was given anti-inflammatory/pain/antibiotic pills to alliterate the after effects. Thankfully I haven’t had any nausea feelings after that night. My biggest issue is the swelling and numbness on the left side of my jaw and lips. It feels super weird! Imagine your foot “falling asleep” and not being able to shake it off. I still get itchy on my face in the numb areas but scratching does not help and i need to be careful not to do any damage since my pain receptors are malfunctioning. Placing an ice pack wrapped in a pillow case on the numb area diminishes the itchy sensations. The right side feels somewhat normal and the nerves are functioning properly.

Oral Care: I have begun flossing and brushing my teeth. I recommend getting a tongue scraper to ensure your mouth is completely clean. I was also prescribed a mouth rinse that I use twice a day. On the fifth day after surgery, I will begin using a syringe to rinse water over the scabbed sockets in the back of my mouth.

Diet: I was given a long list of things I could eat during the initial healing process. Unfortunately some of those things are too firm to swallow without chewing so I’m sticking to soups, instant mashed potatoes, pudding, ice cream, and Marconi and cheese. There are a variety of mashed potatoes to choose from these days (even sweet potatoes). I usually pour my soup selection over them to give it a thicker consistency. Pretty darn tasty if you ask me! Stouffer’s frozen mac and cheese is much softer and easier to consume than the box kind. For drinks, I simply do water and orange juice.

Activities: I’m gonna be honest…it’s be so sweet being able to stay home and relax! I got to catch up on light cleaning of my personal living quarters and clearing my hard drive. It was all fun and games until I got seriously bored. I’m not one to remain in the house for too long. It drives me crazy. The one thing that has allowed me to escape my boredom is blogging and streaming from my Roku. Have you heard of Nick Reboot? It’s this awesome website that features 24/7 streaming of Nickelodeon cartoons/shows from the 90s. Legends of the Hidden Temple, Global Guts, Doug, Family Double Dare, etc. Check them out if you are in a similar predicament.

I’ll do one final update within two weeks from now. Hopefully most of these issues will be gone. (Click here to read part 3 of 3)

My Wisdom Tooth Removal Experience: Part 1 of 3

😮 My apologies guys. I’ve been kinda M.I.A lately due to a lot of upcoming events in the near future. First, I’m on a planning team for one of my dear friend’s baby shower, I’ve got a cruise booked for August 13th, my fall course schedule has been finalized and it will be intense (18 hours), worked out a plan with my boss to reduce my work schedule during school, shadowing eye doctors on my non-work days, making moving arrangements to another city, planning a trip to Switzerland for January, and having my wisdom teeth removed. This brings me to my specific reason for posting today. The practice that assumed care for my surgery did an excellent job of explaining why wisdom tooth removal is essential and provided educational support.

So, if you are considering wisdom tooth removal then let’s go over the basics. I don’t want no jive but this is not a time to skimp on the quality of my service. For one thing, do your RESEARCH! I enrolled in a buy-up plan for dental coverage. I opted for this path because I needed a surgical extraction which classified as a major service and the buy-up plan offered a 50% discount after meeting a deductible of $50. I also enrolled in a FSA plan which covered the remaining ~$750 out of pocket. Since I work in the healthcare industry, I will follow-up with my insurance company to make sure that everyone is on the same page.

I located several providers through my insurance website and recommendations of friends. In spite of those efforts I ended up contacting the wrong office who kindly referred me to a nearby practice who specialize in the procedures I needed. After reading his reviews and meeting them in person, I was sold! Check them out in this video:

Fast forward to today. Gheez! I have a high tolerance for pain but let me tell you this…I would not want to experience that kind of torment again. I know everyone’s different blah blah. My appointment started at 8:00AM and I was IV sedated. I have been put to sleep in the past for an invasive surgery. All I remember from that one is counting and the waking up. This time I remember the doctor and staff standing around me and I actually began waking up to a level of consciousness while they were finishing up. Really weird! I kept trying to grab someone’s hand but maybe I was dreaming. I wonder what they saw, hmm? I woke up talking and asking questions. I was fully cognitive just not alert; however, I knew exactly what I was saying. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to understand me with all the swelling and gauze in my mouth.

My wonderful friend volunteered to take me to and from my appointment (driver is legally required with sedation patients). It was such a blessing to have her with me today. She is a Licensed massage therapist, has a bachelor’s in Sports Medicine, and is an active dental assistant. A very busy woman who did not hesitate to cancel most of her afternoon plans to remain with me. I had a meltdown in the car at Wal-Mart mostly because the anesthetics began to wear off around 10:30AM. I also have a public disdain for Wal-Mart but needed to get my drugs in my system ASAP. So while I sat in the car crying and draining my bloody saliva into paper towels, she handled all the business. This is why i recommend bringing someone who knows exactly what to do when you are unable to care for yourself. Please show Charnell some love and visit her blog at: http://www.castawaytherapies.com/about-us/charnell-sutton.

The drugs took about an hour and a half to kick in and after that I have not had an issue with the pain. I was not really hungry until about 5:00PM so I ate some soup and instant potatoes. Now I’m feeling kind of nauseated, my left side of jaw/tongue/lips are still numb, and just took my second dose of pain/antibiotic pills. Yea I’m gonna stop here, ugh. See gallery below for pictures. (Click here to read part 2 of 3)