I’ve heard horror stories about wisdom tooth removals before and I’ve seen videos of people on pain medication saying the funniest things. I was afraid, of course – so afraid that it took me around 8 months to finally schedule the procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Removal is an actual operation. They open you up and stitch you back after removing the teeth in question. I know: it sounds scary. I was terrified.
I wanted to make sure that I got the best service because I had trouble with my previous dentist, which ended with a shattered tooth and later on a root canal. That’s how bad it was. This is why I turned to GAOC.
After months of cleaning, tooth restoration, and a root canal procedure, I was finally ready to get my wisdom teeth (4 of them) removed. This was to give way to my much-awaited braces or Invisalign because I have teeth crowding at the bottom.
A week before my intended procedure, I had to get a blood test for proper knowledge and aid for my dentist. The blood test included bleeding time and clotting time, which are essential during the operation.
On my operation day, I wanted to back out. I was hella scared to get it done, but I knew I had to. I couldn’t really back out anymore.
When I arrived at GAOC Greenbelt Residences, I logged in to the iPad in the reception area and they offered me refreshments. They also asked if I wanted to go to the bathroom before the procedure, but I just wanted to get the procedure over and done with.
So I sat there in the dentist chair with bright lights and 4 doctors and nurses. They covered my legs with a blanket, then my whole body except for the mouth area. They proceeded with anesthesia and asked me whether I could feel it taking effect on the right side of my mouth. After 1 dose of local anesthesia, they started the procedure and asked me if I could feel any pain every few minutes. Since I could feel a little bit of pain, they gave me another dose of anesthesia.
I had TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome and it’s a little difficult to keep my mouth open; so every now and then, the dentists asked me if I wanted to rest, but I soldiered on to finish it.
After 40 minutes (it felt like forever), we had to stop after 1 wisdom tooth removal. My jaw felt like it was frozen and we were afraid that it might lock if I got another wisdom tooth removed. So, they stitched me up, cleaned it, and explained everything that they did to me.
Since there was a nerve near the procedure area, they made sure that it couldn’t be touched or damaged. They checked it after the procedure with the use of their state-of-the-art machines and showed me the before-and-after.
I sat at the recovery room for at least 15 minutes where they briefed me on how to clean my sutures, what would happen during the next few days, things I couldn’t do and eat, and everything else I needed to know. They also gave me pain meds – mefenamic acid and Arcoxia – which I was to take alternately. I also had 1 anti-biotic to help with the healing and to prevent infections.
The procedure was fast and painless (aside from my jaw problems). I even went home by myself in an Uber.
I was given very specific instructions for post-op care. While I was in the recovery room, the TV showed what I couldn’t do or eat after the procedure. I am super forgetful, though, so it’s a good thing that they provided me with a leaflet where everything was written. I was also prescribed some pain relievers and muscle relaxants for my jaw.
Aside from the medicine, post-care consisted of cleaning the stitches. I cleaned it with betadine – gargled 3 times a day after eating. It wasn’t painful, so there wasn’t much of a hassle.
There was a slight inflammation on my right cheek, but it disappeared after 3-5 days – just like the doctors advised.
Now that I got one out of the way, I have three more wisdom tooth removals to go before I get my teeth aligned! So excited! I’ll keep you guys posted and maybe post some before-and-after pictures so you can see the results, too!
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