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August 3rd, 2004

1/4 Less Wisdom and I’m Running Out

Yesterday, I had the second of my two top wisdom teeth taken out. As with the first tooth, it was a complete non-event. The visit to the dentist was shorter than the drive to and from the office and there was almost no pain whatsoever. While I bled like a stuck pig for several hours, I kept at it with the gauze and a moistened tea bag (is it geeky of me to have used a green tea bag?) and I think the clotting is underway.

But I know that you Pingers must have some great tooth extraction stories. Let’s hear your best and bloodiest.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday August 3, 2004 -- 9:31:15 am
My wisdom teeth came out quite easily because they had not yet formed roots, yet were fully impacted.

When I was about 13, I had an "eye" tooth pulled and it broke during the extraction, and they really had to poke and dig to get it out.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday August 3, 2004 -- 2:02:07 pm
I gave my friend, a new dentist, a six pack of beer and he pulled out my two upper wisdom teeth in his office at the mall. He needed practice and so invited all of his friends in for dental work in exchange for beer.

The lowers are impacted, so no attempt at removal was made. I only took two painkillers and that was it besides gargling with salt water. Another friend mysteriously began arriving at my apartment to use the bathroom. After about a week the visits stopped. Later, I noticed that of a full bottle of painkillers (Vicadin?) only two were left. Friggin' pill poppers.

It was amazing how easy the teeth came out, by the way. I tought there would have to be at least a little tugging and pulling, but there really wasn't much. I thought I'd hear some gross sounds, but nothing. As you said, it was a nonevent. I was a bit disappointed.

One day, if the lower impacted teeth start to hurt, I'll have to have surgery. But I'll wait until it's necessary. The uppers were very sore, so I had no choice but to have them removed. My friend removed a third tooth, a molar, that was way out of place and everything is much better now. I may even get braces when I can afford them to take care of the rest of the problems.

My dentist friend also tried filling cavities on other friends of mine. This was a disaster. Three or four of them had fillings pop out, which apparently exposes the nerve and is very painful. A word to the wise: if you have a friend who wants to practice dentistry on you, pulling teeth is pretty safe, but drilling and filling can be a nightmare.

DATE: Tuesday August 3, 2004 -- 2:43:01 pm
Will pull teeth for beer? That's hysterical.

I had my wisdom teeth removed because I saw clearly on the x-ray that they would make the rest of my teeth crooked if I allowed them to wait any longer.

It was my easiest medical procedure ever; it bothers me when people try to scare others with horror stories. The worst part was getting the IV in my skinny little hand. That was not pleasant.

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday August 3, 2004 -- 10:05:57 pm
Hey, that's my ping above....I don't know how I became anonymous. I must have lost some wisdom afterall.

FROM: ah
DATE: Wednesday December 29, 2004 -- 9:34:58 pm
i have 2 get 4 wisdom teeth out tomorrow..alll are fully impacted..i am so scared!!

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