Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yanked

I had all four wisdom teeth Wednesday morning and only three in the afternoon. My dentist recommended that one of them be extracted and since I trust him, I heeded that recommendation.

I had two molars pulled about 10 or so years ago and I don't recall having much pain or being bothered too much by it. I figured this time would be no different. Then on Tuesday I happened to stop by a blog that I read now and then, and wouldn't you know it, the subject of this person's latest post was about having all of her wisdom teeth extracted!

She wrote about her pre-visit anxiety and her research into all of the things that could go wrong. Nothing went wrong, though; the extraction went smoothly and the worst of it was the post-extraction recovery with the bleeding, and what she termed "the ick factor."

After reading that then I started getting anxious myself. What timing, eh?

But there was nothing to worry about. The whole process was quick and painless and the worst thing was trying not to gag at times when they cleaned up in my big mouth. Now I am sitting here typing with a gauze pad in the space formerly occupied by my tooth and I can feel that the anesthetic is beginning to wear off.

So far, so good, though. It feels a little weird missing a tooth and it hurts a little tiny bit now (three hours later). I'm wondering if dinner is going to be friendly to me or not. Well, pain or no pain, I'm glad to be done with it.

In case you want to read about that other person's experience, you can click here. She also listed some post-yank recovery tips, which I found very helpful.

Today's YouTube.. not for the squeamish!




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