First Tooth Extraction

Hi, how are you doing? Good, I hope.

Two weeks ago, I had my first tooth extraction with a dentist. It was an interesting experience. Scary? Yes. But it was over sooner than I expected.

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In a previous post, I mentioned that I got mild covid. During the time I was at home, my upper right wisdom tooth felt like it had something pointy that was scrapping against my inner cheeks. It was not a pleasant experience. I thought that it was something I ate that got stuck there, initially. I decided it’s time to visit the dentist and get it looked into.

A week before this happened, though, I have been feeling dentine hypersensitivity around my upper canine, and molar area, specially when I drank cold water. I ignored the pain and just went on with my life. I just adjusted how I drank water and chewed on my left side instead.

However, for some reason, something pointy began scrapping against my inner cheek, and I found the pain unbearable.

Immediately after my quarantine ended, I visited our dentist. I found out, however, that they no longer entertain walk-in patients. You have to schedule your appointments. I did not know this. Thanks COVID. So, I ended up having to schedule my appointment after a few more days. Let’s see… It was a Monday, and I scheduled my next appointment on a Friday. Why? Well, I had to report to work, and I had a crap ton of work to get through. That meant I had to endure the pain of having a needle-like thing scrapping against my inner cheek whenever I speak or eat for a few more days. It was not fun. On the bright side, I barely felt any toothache when drinking water.

My appointed day arrived, and the dentist took a look in my mouth. Apparently my wisdom tooth had a massive cavity and had cracked. That cracked bit is the one that was scrapping against my mouth. It looked bad, and he said he had to extract it.

I got scared.

“Is it a major operation?” I asked. I have heard that wisdom tooth extractions are major operations.

Fortunately, I was assured that for my case, it would not be, because while my wisdom tooth are crooked, they are still facing upwards, and were not impacted in a bad way.

And so, it began.

I was first given a mouth wash and had to gargle it for around twenty minutes. It felt like there were particles in the wash.

My dentist asked me how my blood pressure was. I have a somewhat normal blood pressure.

After which, I was given a local anesthetic by the gum area. I did not notice that I was given an injection in my mouth until it was too late. I thought he was just prodding something in there. I was given some kind of sunglasses to protect my eyes from the glare of the dental chair lights, plus I have terribly poor eyesight.

After a few minutes, when the anesthetic has set in, the real operation began.

I felt pressure inside my mouth, as the dentist forced the tooth to go one way. He later told me that he could not easily grab it with his forceps. While he was working on my tooth, I was anxiously anticipating the pain. The anesthetic was working, but I could still feel the force being exerted in my mouth. I involuntarily kept closing my mouth, to which the dentist would keep reminding me to keep it open.

The entire time this was going on, I was pinching my left index finger, and regulating my breathing. I could feel my heart racing. I guess this is why I was asked about my blood pressure earlier. Pain makes blood pressure shoot up.

I could feel my wisdom tooth being pushed on, I could also feel the force on the tooth beside it. Then, I heard a “tick” sound. Something broke.

My heart stopped.

After a few wiggles, my wisdom tooth was out. I was then given something to put in my mouth, to which I was instructed to bite on hard. I initially did not, as I thought my gum would hurt, but I was told there was medicine in it, and so I tried to bite on it, but not before I had to spit out the saliva that was gathering in my mouth. It was foamy. That was the effect of the medicine, I was told.

The dentist showed me my wisdom tooth, and I was mildly surprised that the tooth’s roots were not as deep as I had imagined them to be. He pointed out that the cavities were already too big and that flesh were already gathering in the cavity. There was no way for dental filling to hold.

I was informed that I did not bleed much during the operation, but I was still prescribed one tablet of medicine for the bleeding, just in case, and to help it heal. I was also prescribed pain relievers, which I ended up not using, but still, bought them just in case I needed them.

I had not visited the dentist in a long while to the point that I no longer remember when I last had my teeth cleaned.

I learned that I had a lot of cavities, that must be dealt with. I had an oral prophylaxis scheduled two weeks after the extraction (August 27), and would probably also involve filling up the cavities.

I actually had planned to make a dental appointment around at the beginning of 2020… but well, when the pandemic hit, it became difficult to get a dental appointment. I heard that some dentists required a negative COVID test result first – this is what happened with my sister who got an impacted wisdom tooth operation around 2021.

Had I visited the dentist sooner, I could have saved my wisdom tooth. However, I also learned that wisdom tooth removal while it has still not grown in is a thing because since wisdom tooth grows in later in life, our jaw has already stopped growing, and there is not much space in there for the teeth, which inadvertently cause more problems in the long run.

I also read that due to our softer diets, the wisdom tooth does not really do much if you have complete set of teeth.

Due to its position deep in the mouth, cleaning it is difficult, and so it is one of the teeth that gets cavities faster. I was advised to get one of those toothbrushes with angled bristles at the ends to clean the wisdom teeth.

Teeth are important to our lives because we need it for eating, plus it also affects how we look. While it’s true that there are dentures and implants that can replace teeth, the real thing is still better.

Fortunately, my dental extraction was not as horrible as I was expecting it to be.

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