The Truth About Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

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Hi everyone! I got my wisdom teeth out on Monday June 29 and although the experience will be different for everyone, I wanted to write something chronicling the process and my recovery. Before the surgery, I tried to look online for something of this sort (shout out to Pop Cosmo’s Post Wisdom Teeth Rambling). I was a little scared of the whole process, so I had a really hard time actually googling different things. Plus, half the time, all that came up were what people said on their way home from the procedure while on the drugs.

This post definitely won’t be glamorous, but hey, this blog chronicles my life and my life is not always glamorous. Besides, I knew with all this time home, I definitely wanted to write some blog posts to get ahead, but outfit photos are out of the question (hello, swelling!) so I’m restricted to written pieces. That said – I really do want to get ahead with blogging. I’ve been talking about this a lot with Scarlett from The Trendy Chick and she’s motivated me to buckle down, make a to-do list, and get sh!t done!

Anyways, back to the topic at hand: wisdom teeth removal. Since most people who read my blog are my age or younger and might have to get this procedure done, I figured this could be useful…

MONDAY (6/29)

7:30 am // I had to take two penicillin pills two hours before surgery. When I woke up, I was extremely nervous but tried to ignore what would be happening in two short hours.

9:30 am // It’s showtime. I arrived in the office with my heart beating incessantly – they hooked me up to a machine to track my heart rate and the doctor remarked that I had a good “poker face” for looking calm despite the fact that he could see how fast my heart was beating. He told me to look away, and he stuck a needle in my right arm. I heard my mom say “Is she still awake?” and then the blinds in front of me starting to look like they were moving as I got a bit woozy.

10:30 am // I woke up. Granted, I have no idea if I woke up naturally or if they coerced me into waking up, but regardless, the procedure was done! Honestly, when I woke up, I couldn’t even have told you how long I was a sleep for – for all I know, it could’ve been 5 minutes or 5 hours, but it was only about 45 minutes! They told my mom it would take about an hour, but it was even less because I wasn’t put to sleep until 9:50.

When I woke up, I didn’t feel that disoriented – I just couldn’t really talk because there was so much gauze in my mouth. My mouth was so dry, and due to the novocaine they injected in my mouth after they pulled out all four teeth, I couldn’t feel anything – especially my tongue and my lower lip. I was aware of my surroundings but was talking complete gibberish – so unfortunately, no funny videos from me.

11:00 am // Home and ready to rest. I was starving, so the first thing I tried to eat was some ice cream. It seems simple enough, but because I couldn’t feel my bottom lip, it was so hard to do it.

The rest of the afternoon was pretty much a blur, but what I can tell you is that I wasn’t in that much pain. I was only truly in pain twice, when the pain medication pill I took wore off before the next one I took settled in. It would be about 20 minutes of hardcore pain, but not too bad. The swelling went down by the end of the day, but I didn’t feel too great –  queasy and nauseous. Overall, not bad, but not ideal.

The worst part about the whole thing is that when you watch television to pass the time, SO many commercials are about food. I was craving everything yesterday – even a salad sounded good to me. Anything other than liquid food! Of course I took to Twitter about this:

I signed up for Hulu before the surgery because I wanted to watch Seinfeld, but I also got hooked on the TV Land show Younger  and watched the first season (pro tip: 11 of the 12 episodes are on Hulu, the 12th is on the TV Land website). The show is mindless and fun, so it was great to pass the time.

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TUESDAY (6/30)

7:30  am // Woke-up with some swelling – more than I ended the day with before. Felt so drowsy and stayed in bed until 11:00 am. Upon waking up, I had to take another painkiller and some other pills that were prescribed by the doctors.

11:20 am // Hungry but simultaneously afraid to eat. I took another painkiller to ward off pain for the whole day (and as I am writing this at 4:07pm on Tuesday, it has lasted this long!).

12:00 pm // As I said, I was hungry but didn’t quite know what to eat. I ended up having a veggie burger which surprisingly enough I was able to eat. It was delicious and honestly, in the three days, the only real meal I actually had.

The rest of the day, as the other, consisted of binge-watching on Hulu. I started Jane the Virgin which I really liked! Mindless and easy to watch. I started to get really drowsy though, and at 7:30 I fell asleep until about 9:30.

9:30 pm // Still feeling pretty lethargic and drowsy, but I was awake from my quick little nap. I ended up staying up until probably 1am watching Jane the Virgin and simply just not being able to go to sleep.

And now it’s Wednesday and I’m wrapping up this post! I still don’t feel great and it’s still so hard to eat without feeling like I’m going to throw up but in a nutshell, the above is the aftermath of getting your wisdom teeth out. The hardest part is being so torn between being hungry but being afraid to eat things/not being able to eat real food (if we’re being honest…).

And that’s all! Did you get your wisdom teeth out? How was your experience?

xoxo, Jamie

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9 Responses to The Truth About Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

  1. Sydney says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience! I’m planning on having my wisdom teeth out before the school year and I’m a bit nervous!
    xo
    Syd
    http://www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

  2. Nicole says:

    Wow!! I’m getting mine out sooner or later, so this was definitely an interesting read. Thanks for sharing, Jamie :) XO, Nicole
    http://www.empirestyles.com

  3. Kate says:

    Hi Jamie! Thanks for posting this. I’m getting my wisdom teeth out later this summer and I’m pretty nervous about it. This post really helped me with what to expect, I appreciate it.

  4. Thank you for sharing you experience. My bottom ones have sort of come in, but i always fear i’m going to have to get them removed (i despise the dentist).

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