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What if my wisdom tooth falls out - panicking

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mouthsewnshut

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I've had a wisdom tooth that's been waiting to be taken out for ages. I am too terrified to have it out by my regular dentist so I've been putting it off and putting it off. When I had my last check up, I told my dentist that it was more mobile than before, he agreed and we made a plan, that he would refer me to the dental access clinic. But their waiting list is really long. Now I am worried about what would happen if it actually just fell off, and I am panicking, I am feeling sick with anxiety and the thought of the tooth falling out, the blood, the hole it would leave, what it would be like and I can't deal with this at all.

What would happen if my wisdom tooth were to fall out? What do I do? I am having a full blown panic attack, at the idea of both it falling out and just going to my regular dentist and have it removed with no IV sedation.
 
Kml1998

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Your tooth won't just fall out. Did the dentist give you a reason why it is mobile?
 
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mouthsewnshut

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Yes, I had an abscess quite a few years ago which went away with antibiotics. But I clench and grind my teeth a lot when I sleep. There were a few gum infections in that area since and despite good oral hygiene and regular hygienist visits, the gum has receded a lot there. It sometimes gets inflamed after a good bruxing session. I do have a tooth guard but it doesn't really relieve the pressure, just protects teeth from damage. I get facial pain, so I know that the tooth guard doesn't stop the bruxism.

Last time I noticed it was a bit looser than before, he said that it was because there was some infection and inflammation which was pushing my tooth out a little so he gave me a course of antibiotics and our plan of action is - unless things go majorly wrong before I get my access appointment (which could take up to a year just for assessment ) we can keep on top of things with antibiotics when it flares up.

I checked my tooth at at lunchtime - I don't know why I did that but I have just freaked myself out.
 
Gordon

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If it falls out due to gum disease there will be very little bleeding and a very minor hole. Think of like when a baby tooth falls out...
It's not likely to happen though :)
 
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@Gordon Thank you for the reassurance, I had all sorts of horrible scenarios playing in my head, like what if it sort of fell out but not entirely and just dangled. I managed to make myself really panicky and feeling pretty sick.
 
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