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Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)

 
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Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
POLL: To Pull or Not to Pull, that is the question!
 Yes - pull them! You'll be glad you did.
 Yes - Pull them because TS will HTF *soon*.
 Yes - but only pull the 'darker' one
 No - if it ain't broke, don't fix it
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So before you vote – here’s the scenario.

I hate going to the dentist but my husband insisted that it had been a long time (4 years) and I needed to go. So… this morning I went. I got a cleaning (which is good, and apparently I must do a good job of flossing and brushing because the hygienist was impressed with how little there was to ‘scrape’). Then the dentist came in….

So I knew that I had lost a filling that needed to be redone, and I knew I needed to get my other mercury fillings replaced, so I talked with him about that and he agreed that would be a good thing to do and wouldn’t be painful at all. But then he said he recommended me getting my wisdom teeth pulled.

I have all four. There are no cavities in them, but one of them (the bottom left) is ‘darker’ on top and there wasn’t enough room for it to grow, so it is partially covered (20%) by a flap of tissue from my gums. They also grew in straight and are not crooked at all. I don’t really have any problems with them ever, except for the one I mentioned because sometimes I dig back there to make sure there’s not food trapped behind it.

His reasoning for pulling them was that the ‘dark’ one is partially covered, it should come out – and if it comes out, the top left one should come out too. And to prevent problems with my regular molars over time in case I get cavities in my other two wisdom teeth that could ‘infect’ the regular molars I should just go ahead and have those pulled as well.

I am usually an ‘if it isn’t broke don’t fix it’ kind of girl, but then I’m a believer in preventing problems down the line to (I like to be prepared after all) and if TS is going to HTF soon (and after reading all that stuff about wargaming against teapartiers this morning) wouldn’t it be prudent for me to do the preventative thing and have them pulled?

So even though the idea of pulling teeth makes me feel sort of anxious and queasy (I have never had a tooth pulled before) I scheduled it for the end of this month when he will be redoing my mercury fillings with porcelain.

Then I told my husband and he was aghast that I was going to have my wisdom teeth pulled. Then when I got to work I told a couple of my coworkers who were also aghast… And now I wonder… WTF? Should I do it or not?

I hate going to the dentist but if I have to get teeth pulled I want to just get it over with and be done with it. But… there’s nothing really wrong with them -- so should I mess with them at all?

So I put the question to you, dear GLP, if you were me – what would you do?

I would love to hear anecdotal stories for either side and if there are any dentists or hygienists out there... I would love to hear your opinion from a professional standpoint.

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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
blackcat I've had a lot of trouble and pain with mine over the years, but now they are all out. I wish I'd taken my dentists advice and had em removed all those years ago.
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Just the darker one, so that as you age, the problems are partially dealt with.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
Pull them, but don't let your dentist do it, go to an oral surgeon. "Twilight sleep" is the way to go and how I had mine removed (impacted).

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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
Thanks for the responses so far!!
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at 45 years old, i have all my wisdom teeth, no problems.

i dont understand all the hype to have them removed?
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
Pull them, but don't let your dentist do it, go to an oral surgeon. "Twilight sleep" is the way to go and how I had mine removed (impacted).
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This is the way to go, you do NOT want to be awake for this.

You'll have at least a week of down time so have lots of movies, books, etc. around you to keep you occupied.

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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
i had mine pulled because it became sensitive and the dentist took less than one minute to get it out, honestly it took longer to wait for anesthesia to take effect... no pain , i was not even sure it came out until his assistant showed it to me.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
keep them in.

if you ever loose a front tooth somehow, your wisdom teeth will correct the gap.

i haven't been to the dentist since i was 18.

started oil pulling, my teeth seem fine, never hurt.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
Thanks guys - honestly the whole idea of being awake to 'feel' the vibrations, cracking, etc really makes me shudder.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
No I didnt get wisdom teeth and my teeth have spaces, yours may space out too if you take them out, If your teeth line up nice, aren't crowded, DONT! take them out unless they are infected!! You aren't going to get any more teeth don't take any out EVER unless there's not chance of saving them.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
My wisdom teeth began coming through when I was 18, The pain was incredible but I didn't want to go to the dentist. It felt as if all my teeth were being squeezed together and I developed sores above said teeth. I bought stuff to numb the pain but it did nothing. I ended up just smoking weed throughout it which really helped ease my pain and take my mind off it. Eventually they stopped and all was well. A year or so later they pushed through again but I think they had already made room for themselves as it was no where near as painful. I now have two sets of wisdom teeth in that are healthier than the rest of my teeth haha. My advice to you is play it by ear and if they start to hurt, go to your hospital/dentist and get them removed. My main point is that they can really hurt if your mouth isn't suited to them and it is best to nip it in the bud before. I believe you get put under local anesthesia so you wouldn't feel anything.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
If you think that TS will HTF, do it. Get everything done now that can be a problem later. It would suck to have dental problems in a SHTF scenario.
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Mine started to come in bad so i had em pulled like 3 days before X-Mas lol
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Thanks guys - honestly the whole idea of being awake to 'feel' the vibrations, cracking, etc really makes me shudder.
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I woke up TWICE when they were pulling my wisdom teeth.

The first time was when they numbing up my gums, the 2nd time when they were actually cutting them out.

It was done by an oral surgeon & I don't remember going from the surgery room to the recovery area but that is where I remember waking up again.
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If you go to another dentist he'll come up with a completely different list of what you NEED to have done. I would ignore the first dentist since your wisdom teeth sound fine. And the flap covering the one won't stop the tooth. Eventually the flap will go away. Mine have never caused me any problems.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
Sounds like your dentist is trying to finance his next vacation on your dime.

There is nothing wrong with having wisdom teeth. God gave them to us for a reason, and I tend to not argue with God over the little things.

I currently have 3 and the t4th is threatening to start cutting soon. Annoying and a little painful, but a lot less painful then having them removed. (And the bill afterwards.) scared
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the percocets alone are worth the price of admission.
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Dentist are like doctors, parasites who will tell you anything to get you to buy their services. This notion that nature screwed up and you need to pull some teeth to fix it is ridiculous. I'm 38 and have no intention of having them pulled without a damn good reason. Stop listening to these assholes that only want your money.
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Get it done, these things will cause you HELL when you least expect it. Mine were severely impacted and I had all 4 done at once (ouch). That I do not advise. I woke up from the anesthesia and thought an elephant had stomped on my jaw. See if you can cut a crack deal with your dentist to do two at a time.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
I still have 2 of mine on the bottom. They have never given me a problem. 20 years ago I had a dentist pull the top 2. He gave me a single pill prescription to take before I went, he called it an amnesia pill. My wife came with and stayed there the whole time. I don't remember any of it, so it was painless.

She did tell me a good story the next day... Apparently while I was recovering and she was sitting next to me, the doc came in and leaned over her to check on me. She said I came up swinging and tried to take the doctor out when he got close to her. She figured I was a keeper since I tried to protect her even in a heavily drugged state. He had "guessed" my weight at 160-180 and drugged me accordingly. I weighed 135.


Off topic, but are you guys still RVing ? I need a time and place looked at.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
and I do agree with a previous poster... get your mouth in order now, you may not be able to later...
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
Get it done, these things will cause you HELL when you least expect it. Mine were severely impacted and I had all 4 done at once (ouch). That I do not advise. I woke up from the anesthesia and thought an elephant had stomped on my jaw. See if you can cut a crack deal with your dentist to do two at a time.
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My wisdom teeth have been 'out' for over twelve years now. I remember well the pain that went with them pushing their way out and it was pretty uncomfortable. but now they don't really cause me any discomfort at all.

I think between you guys and my husband and co-workers I have all but decided to postpone the extractions -- at least for now.

We'll see how I feel on the actual appointment... I may change my mind again. Sometimes fate sends messaes. If I'm supposed to have them removed I predict a fair number of wisdom-teeth synchronicities in the coming weeks :-)

hf Thanks to all who responded!
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a poll?..really?


next you'll be asking whether or not to wipe your arse after a shit.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
If it ain't broke don't fix it.
A friend of mine recently had ALL her teeth out.
She's 78, and had most of her teeth before this was recommended.
I thought it would be best if at least a few anchor teeth were left in (as many as possible) to hold the dentures in.
I tried to talk to her and other people who watch out for her, but the general consensus was "your health professional knows best."
As a result she's had endless problems-three remakes of the lower plate,lesions on the gums and has only been able to drink soup for the last three months.
I met the dentist-he was not competent in spite of his qualifications,
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If you don't pull them the other teeth become crowded and are harder to keep clean
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
So before you vote – here’s the scenario.

So I put the question to you, dear GLP, if you were me – what would you do?

 Quoting: tandym


Hey OP, I am part of the GLP "fringe community" (it scares me to even say I am remotely part of anything here), in any case an amused lurker.

I'd say deal ONLY with the one that could be problematic. If the others are already in, healthy, have not impacted the alignment of your other teeth, and don't pose an ongoing hygiene threat, leave them be. Your dentist may say that removing the one on the bottom could cause the other bottom teeth to shift toward the vacant space. Dunno and I would get a second opinion on that.

Also, go to oral surgeon as suggested and maybe opt to be put under. Although if it is just one and not impacted it might not be as horrific. If awake (lots cheaper and safer), be one a LOT of happy juice and nitrous though.
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
So before you vote – here’s the scenario.

I hate going to the dentist but my husband insisted that it had been a long time (4 years) and I needed to go. So… this morning I went. I got a cleaning (which is good, and apparently I must do a good job of flossing and brushing because the hygienist was impressed with how little there was to ‘scrape’). Then the dentist came in….

So I knew that I had lost a filling that needed to be redone, and I knew I needed to get my other mercury fillings replaced, so I talked with him about that and he agreed that would be a good thing to do and wouldn’t be painful at all. But then he said he recommended me getting my wisdom teeth pulled.

I have all four. There are no cavities in them, but one of them (the bottom left) is ‘darker’ on top and there wasn’t enough room for it to grow, so it is partially covered (20%) by a flap of tissue from my gums. They also grew in straight and are not crooked at all. I don’t really have any problems with them ever, except for the one I mentioned because sometimes I dig back there to make sure there’s not food trapped behind it.

His reasoning for pulling them was that the ‘dark’ one is partially covered, it should come out – and if it comes out, the top left one should come out too. And to prevent problems with my regular molars over time in case I get cavities in my other two wisdom teeth that could ‘infect’ the regular molars I should just go ahead and have those pulled as well.

I am usually an ‘if it isn’t broke don’t fix it’ kind of girl, but then I’m a believer in preventing problems down the line to (I like to be prepared after all) and if TS is going to HTF soon (and after reading all that stuff about wargaming against teapartiers this morning) wouldn’t it be prudent for me to do the preventative thing and have them pulled?

So even though the idea of pulling teeth makes me feel sort of anxious and queasy (I have never had a tooth pulled before) I scheduled it for the end of this month when he will be redoing my mercury fillings with porcelain.

Then I told my husband and he was aghast that I was going to have my wisdom teeth pulled. Then when I got to work I told a couple of my coworkers who were also aghast… And now I wonder… WTF? Should I do it or not?

I hate going to the dentist but if I have to get teeth pulled I want to just get it over with and be done with it. But… there’s nothing really wrong with them -- so should I mess with them at all?

So I put the question to you, dear GLP, if you were me – what would you do?

I would love to hear anecdotal stories for either side and if there are any dentists or hygienists out there... I would love to hear your opinion from a professional standpoint.
 Quoting: tandym


If you were 20 years old and they were impacted or too large, I'd say "take 'em out". Your story is a little diff so I'd just takeout the bad one(s).
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Re: Dear GLP -- Should I have my wisdom teeth pulled? (POLL)
you only need local anesthetic. general is life-threatening, people die all the time from it

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