I survived getting my tooth pulled.
It wasn’t bad at all compared to the impacted wisdom tooth and the other regular wisdom teeth.
I was nervous when I got to the oral surgeon’s office, but thanks to my friend Zoloft I could totally avoid panic. Just mildly concerned.
My insurance didn’t cover any anesthesia. Thanks a lot Delta Dental! I opted for the gas, which cost $71 extra, because I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the whole experience after the wisdom teeth. I was totally sedated for the wisdom teeth.
The whole extraction of this molar ended up being only $135 including the gas, so overall not a bad deal I’d say. It would have been downright cheap without the gas, that cost more than getting the tooth pulled. What the heck?
I sat down in the torture chair in the operating room and they slapped the gas mask on my nose.
As I lay there I realized they were blaring an oldies radio station. It was the song with the words “stayin’ alive” repeating over and over.
I told the doctor that I didn’t like the smell of the gas and I wanted to take it off. The smell made me feel like I was going to gag.
He laughed and said that the gas has no odor, I was just smelling the rubber of the mask itself. They gave me 100% oxygen, which made me feel much better. After a few minutes they put the gas back on. It just made me feel heavy and sleepy. I could use some of that at home…
This oral surgeon was very kind. He was a large man, but personable. The guy (in the same practice) who did my wisdom teeth was a very large man and very brusque. I felt like that guy should speak with a harsh Russian accent and rip out teeth for torture. I thought I would be seeing him again, but I guess he wasn’t in the office that day. Not complaining!
The oral surgeon made pleasant small talk while he was ripping my tooth out. Funny. The whole thing only took about five minutes once I finally got numb.
For some reason my nerves are in the wrong place and it’s hard for the dentist to ever get my teeth to go numb. I think this oral surgeon ended up giving me about ten shots in various places. He kept coming back to see if the tooth was numb and it wasn’t. The shots were totally worse than the actual extraction!
By the time I was finally numb in the molar area my eye lid, entire ear, tongue, cheek, and lips and edge of my nose were also numb. I’ve never had a numb eye lid before. You can imagine how awesome that probably looked.
I managed to hold my mouth open for him, and I closed my eyes expecting something horrible to happen. I felt the pressure of him poking me and he asked if that hurt. It didn’t.
Then he said he was done.
What! I didn’t believe him. He laughed and held up the tooth.
I told him I couldn’t believe I was nervous about that. It literally felt like nothing.
And…I kept my tooth. It has a big hole on the other side.
It’s huge!! I had no idea it had those freaky roots on it. I thought roots were squishy, but they are hard like the tooth. Weird.
The recovery has been pretty easy. With the horrible wisdom teeth I was crying on the couch for about five days in utter misery and severe pain. This time it barely hurts, just a mild ache and random throb every now and then. I’ve only taken a few ibuprofen.
The worst part is the bleeding and gauze. Ew. That was only the first day though. Now I just have that gross mild blood taste in my mouth. I’m guessing that will be there until it heals completely. It just feels bruised today, which is the third day.
I’m enjoying the lack of infected tooth misery. My head feels a thousand times lighter!
So glad that’s over with. I hope I never have to have another tooth pulled ever again.