- Apr 12, 2022
For some reason, I’d didn’t go to the dentist for over 20 years. I finally got the courage to go back about 5 or 6 years ago after reading this forum a lot. I of course thought I would need all of my teeth pulled. I only needed 1 or 2 fillings and was told I would need my wisdom teeth out. There was no way I was going to have surgery. It took me 20 years just to go back to the dentist. The top two were fully erupted and the bottom two were completely sideways and fully impacted. As the years went by, I was told every time that I needed them out, but the oral surgeon adviced that at my age the risk could be greater than the reward and if I wanted to wait til they caused problems that was ok. Over the years the lower right started to erupt more and more and particularly over the last year I notice my teeth shifting and feel pressure more and more. I finally scheduled surgery, then chickened out, and scheduled again, and chickened out again. After a solid 3 weeks of pressure on my other teeth, I decided it was time. Today, I removed the upper two and the lower that was now only partially impacted. The other one is fully impacted and very close to the nerve so it will stay. I have to say so far, so good. I had nitrous, local, and IV sedation. My BP was really high upon arrival, but the nitrous quickly brought it down. I heard them talking a lot, but felt absolutely nothing. It was somehow relaxing. So here I am, in bed, 41 years old, and finally free of what had caused me anxiety for so long. Hopefully recovery will be as easy as the surgery. As of now, tongue and chin are numb, gauze are annoying, but no pain. Thanks to everyone here for sharing positive stories that I would come here and read every time I’d get nervous.