I would suggest being like this guy.
I had mine until I was about 35yrs old. Had plenty of room for them as I had 8 teeth pulled for braces when I was in jr high. I got a cavity in one of them, the only cavity I have ever had, so the dentist decided it would be better to pull them instead of fill it. Had all 4 pulled at the same time. Was in and out in less than an hour, with being knocked out. Take it easy for the rest of the day and should be fine.
Don't do it. You need all the wisdom you can get. :jimlad:
I had 6 teeth (4 wisdom and 2 molars) taken out one day and it was fine. I am anxious about every medical procedure so I was fretting about it all night but they'll dull the gum with cream, give you a shot of novocaine, and go to work. There is a slight throbbing pain for a few hours afterward but it goes away within the day usually.
Don't try and eat for the rest of the day and you'll be fine. In fact, I kept one of my wisdom teeth in a small box and I still have it 10 years later. Another one I put in a glass of coke and it was pretty cool to see the changes.
I was at the State Fair the day before I had mine out. Drank through all my money, but got hungry about 10:00. So I started eating the "free" food at Stockmans. Chips and jalapenos. Musta ate a pound. I'm sure the dental crew appreciated it.
No advice. I just like telling that story.
- take the meds on time for the first couple days
- ice like they say to
- gargle with salt water but DO NOT spit, let it drool out like you are completely helpless
- If you are into this at all, get some homeopathic arnica pills and take 5 under your tongue every 1-2 hours. My brother and I did this and had no swelling at all.
- Sit around and sleep (with your head elevated) the first and second day if you can.
- Your tongue is going to look and smell disgusting the next day, just fyi.
- Be very, very careful brushing your teeth. Don't even touch the extraction sites the first couple days. Don't.
- Get the little syringe from the dentist - one with a pointed, curvy end. It will be your best friend for removing the macaroni noodles for the next month. Mine didn't give me one, so I got one at the pharmacy but it was a normal syringe. It worked terribly and I didn't realize I had the wrong one. Between that and brushing too early, I ended up with a partial dry socket on top. Wasn't that painful (and I'm a complete wuss) but it was like a constant ache on the side of my head that wouldn't let me go off the painkillers. Finally went back in 9 days later to get it packed. Cloves taste like ****.
References: Got mine out at the end of June, survived.
My top wisdom teeth came all the way in and shoved my upper teeth all about and turned them from nothing to get excited about into a complete crooked embarassing mess. It cost about $13,000 to get braces and surgery to fix the mess.
There was a thread earlier this year in regards to wisdom teeth where I documented my issues with the extraction. Let's just say I wish I only had dry sockets.