I hadn't been to the dentist in years -- partially due to dentist dread and partially because I could rationalize it by the fact that I'd had no problems... until I recently, when I broke a decaying lower wisdom tooth.
Knowing I couldn't put it off any longer, I finally went for a cleaning and consultation today. Luckily the entire rest of my mouth is OK, but not surprisingly, I was told the two lower wisdom teeth must come out due to the breakage and significant decay and the uppers because they'd be unopposed (specifically I was told 2 surgical extractions for the uppers and 2 partial bony extractions for the lowers).
The wisdom teeth have been fully erupted for several years, are fairly straight and have caused no problems until now. I'm extremely anxious about the procedure, but in chatting with the hygenist, she told me that erupted wisdom teeth (particularly the uppers) are simple, painless and quick to extract. The process shouldnt take more than 15-30 minutes.
My question is: is this truly as easy as the hygenist makes it sound? Can anyone relate any stories regarding this type of extraction? 99% of the stories I read/hear about wisdom teeth are horror stories of pain and complications.
Any info or experiences would be welcomed.
Oh, and thanks to all who post here... knowing I'm not the only one who dreads the dentist made it all the easier!