German dentists and wisdom teeth

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So, six years after my initial post I had my wisdom teeth taken out. It turned out my initial post was mistaken as I only had two wisdom teeth both in my lower jaw but both were deeply impacted yet still causing no immediate trouble. I'm now, a month after the operation, the proud owner of two holes through my gums both a centimetre deep either side of my jaw, both infected and teeth that are painful when I chew. This is a huge improvement as I can at least open my mouth and am no longer taking antibiotics - 2 weeks living on soup and bananas are behind me but still I need to flush crap out of these wounds every couple of hours to try to keep the infection down. All in all it has been a complete disaster - I went in to the dentist healthy, came out with a now probable three month recovery as the gum heals from below.

 

In short, were there a next time I think I'd take my chances with old age. Apparently winter is far better for this sort of elective surgery as the risks of infection are lower, but nobody told me that before I did it.

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Thank you for this post HA. Interesting to those of us who like cautionary tales. What made you do it if they were causing no trouble?

 

Cyber sympathy wafting your way through the ether. Get well soon.

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Many thanks for your digital sympathy - I did wonder about posting in case I'd put others off having it done, I mean really this is just wallowing in self pity, but actually the operation itself was no trouble at all and the first few days of the recovery went well, I scarcely needed the pain killers, and I started to think I'd be right in 10 days. My dentist told me that perhaps they may cause trouble later in life, as gums naturally recede and impacted wisdom teeth can then break through the skin and become infected. Having wisdom teeth out when you're old just gets more difficult as bone hardens, then in old age becomes brittle and doesn't heal. This extraction was purely a precautionary measure and I was referred to a specialist so it wasn't even like my current dentist just wanted extra work.

 

The only problem has been the wounds getting infected and thus the two sides of the incisions not healing together, but remaining open - the dentist didn't tell me to do simple things like use mouthwash to try to keep it sterile - I cleaned fastidiously but it was apparently not enough, nobody mentioned an infection risk and I didn't think of it. Now I'm just realising it's going to be months before these deep wounds are healed and I'm not a cheerful bunny.

 

I mean I'm now drinking more Listerine than beer. Awful.

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Oh, you poor thing. I had the top two wisdom teeth taken out about 20 years ago and there was no problem. The lower ones have been breaking through ever since then. I might need one taking out. I shall now think about things after reading what you went through.

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I sympathize with you too. I had mine taken out some 20 yrs. ago. Dentist told me there wasn't space so they had to go. The upper ones were already out and were pulled and the lower ones were half way out and he had to cut and sew. I had heard horror stories from other people but I was lucky and nothing happened.

 

Listerine is also very good when you have a sore throat by the way. Kills any infection. You are not supposed to drink it though.. unless it makes you happy :) The bums do.

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My German dentists have thus far taken one wisdom tooth out that was half broken off, and completely rebuilt one that was 1/3 broken off. No hassle at all (except for having to conquer my fear of injections, but the lovely blonde oral surgeon had enough about her to distract me and make me want to be brave)

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lovely blonde oral surgeon

 

That conjures all sorts of images, mostly indecent ;)

 

Thanks for the words of encouragement, it helps. I don't mean to put anyone off, actually the operation was really OK, but don't underestimate the infection risk and if nobody at the surgery tells you about it then ask.

 

Also ask about taking preventative antibiotics. In France they are routinely prescribed for this sort of operation as a preventative measure, but Germans being what they are would rather give you a salbei tee, because it's magic. Now I always avoid taking all pills I can, and will talk about the magic problem solving powers of a mug of PG Tips (see my profile), but will now be on my second course of antibiotics at 50 euro a shot, the first being to control the infection when it started, the second coming this week to help protect the second operation I'm going to have on Monday to clean the mess up.

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That conjures all sorts of images, mostly indecent

 

Those exact images were precisely the ones that kept me from giving in to my flee-or-fight instincts :D Still kicking myself for not asking her to go for a coffee afterwards, but I was forbidden hot drinks until the anaesthetic wore off

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