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P.Reviews Reviews: Tooth Extractions

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How your teeth don't feel afterwards (but how they do feel after a good brush)

Okay… so, TOOTH EXTRACTIONS. Not so great.

Don’t be scared if you are one who must go through this, the pain factor is: 3, a bit of pinching with the needle for anesthetic and some pretty foul tasting latex gloves, but all in all not a horrifying experience.

I had the mis\fortune to go through such an experience and am actually writing this post to alleviate the boredom of waiting for the anesthetic to wear off. I had a tooth taken on both sides and so the whole bottom half of my face is numb, and tingly. It feels as if someone has inflated your gums with hot air and then let them just slowly deflate. I tell you, the worst part is rubbing your tongue over the numbing gel, I did and had what felt like a big mushroom textured thing in my mouth for half an hour as opposed to a tongue. Did you know that the tongue never stops moving? well I’m aware of it now as that’s pretty much the only sensation left in my mouth.

I’ll walk you through what to expect…

1) You walk in to the dentists office: Depending on location and liking of outdated magazines, this could be either a good or bad thing. The receptionist at the desk will either smile at you sympathetically and offer you a lolly or sticker (this depends on your age, but I infallibly take the sticker) or she will motion not to disturb her and sit in a chair as she is in a pretty intense conversation (client or boyfriend no one knows).

2) You get called in by your dentist: This is the part when your in complete denial that your going to freak out or that dentist might pull the wrong tooth, or stuff up your anesthetic. you walk in to the room and are asked to take a seat, if you have an extraction buddy (someone to watch and squeeze your foot, that being the only accessible body part ) then they’ll be seated in the room, on a chair or pouffy couch is really a matter of luck. You lie back in the large and surprisingly comfortable chair and get the sunglasses, funny little paper bib and the ┬ánumbing gel (curious tongues beware. Not only does it taste like horror, but it can render a powerful muscle like the tongue obsolete)

3) After a minute or two: The gel has done its magical work and this is where the inflating sensation kicks in. Now your mouth is pleasantly oblivious to the anesthetic needles; these are the big guns; amazing work but despite the gel’s best efforts the needles can still be felt in the roof of your mouth (probably the most painful part of the experience). This is the part when all your dismissed worries at stage two come flooding back. (although this depends on previous experience with your dentist). Don’t worry, not afraid you of 15 minutest ago was sane enough to know these worries were groundless

4) This is the action stage: first your dentist will check to see whether the needles worked and the dental-nurse will put the sucking tube in your mouth and steal all your saliva (numb tongues beware, even though you’re numb, if you get in the way, you feel it) this part here is where the process will vary the most. You could have a kind and possibly Russian dentist like me ,who’ll anesthetic you to the nines and then work the tooth from the edges and it’ll pop out with pressure or you’ll have a pully dentist, who’ll just yank until that tooth comes loose. Either way you only fell pressure and there’s nothing to fear.

5) Recovery: First of all the anesthetic is the most annoying thing, you can’t speak and your eye gets this uncontrollable twitch (well mine did anyway) . But once this wears off you’ll trade it for the dull jaw ache any day. For this part nurofen plus is your best friend (although be sure to eat plenty of fibre because Codeine does not like leaving your system)

Once you regain control over your face and have downed enough legal drugs to make your pounding headache fade your biggest issue is to decide whether you you’ll veg to Foxtel or a movie…

HANDY HINT: a couple of days after the extraction gargle salt water (one cup of hot water and one teaspoon of hot water) until the wound heals to prevent infection and promote healing.