are your wisdom teeth suposed to hurt when they come in? If they do does it eventually stop once they completely come in? See mine are coming in. i Have 2 already and the other two on my right side is just killing me. i see them coming through and there in the same spot as the other ones on the other side. but they just hurt. i dunno why. And to top it off im so affraid of the dentist i just dont tell anyone they hurt. I CANT go there. biggest fear of mine.
TheOldOne answered Thursday March 9 2006, 9:34 am: Some people have trouble with their wisdom teeth, and some don't. I still have all of mine.
But as for being afraid of the dentist, I've been there; I have dental phobia too.
I saw a professional to help me deal with that, and he was able to help me make a bit of progress. Later, I learned some other things that also help a lot:
1. Take the appropriate maximum dose of tylenol (as listed on the bottle) 90 minutes before your appointment. That will help dull any pain you might feel.
2. Avoid caffeine (in any form) and sugar on the day of your appointment. But DO eat and drink; drink plenty of water, in particular. Recent studies have shown that this will also decrease your feelings of pain and panic. Unsweetened fruit juice before your appointment will help maintain your blood sugar and keep you calmer. This sounds a little new-agey to me, but it can't hurt, right? And the water thing is supported by research.
3. Go to a dentist who offers nitrous oxide, which is also known as "laughing gas". This should be number one. Nitrous is WONDERFUL when you're scared. It takes almost all of the fear away, and really relaxes you. You'll still be able to think, but magically, your body won't be able to enter panic mode. Everything will seem far away and not scary. I can't praise nitrous enough.
4. Practice relaxation and breathing techniques in the weeks leading up to your appointment. Those are easy to learn, and quite effective. Here's how to start:
A good place to start trying this is in bed, before you go to sleep; it will also help you to GET to sleep, since if you're like me, it can be really hard to sleep when you know you'll be visiting the dentist soon.
Get yourself comfortable.
Take a long, slow breath into your stomach. That's key; you don't want to be using your chest muscles at all. Only your belly should be moving, not your shoulders or chest. Take the breath, and then relax and let it come out of you. Then do two more of those breaths.
You'll be AMAZED at how effective those three relaxing breaths are - you'll feel much calmer right away.
Continue to breathe from your belly, not forcing it; with each breath, remember that you're letting the tension leave your body.
Picture yourself in a perfectly safe, relaxing, quiet place. Visualize it. Think about how it feels, smells, what the temperature is. That place can even be your bed, if you like.
Tense up your toes and feet, hard. Take a breath and as you let it go, relax the tensed muscles and let the tension flow out of you.
Next, do the same things for the calves of your legs. Move up through your body, tensing and relaxing each area in turn. Don't forget your chest, arms, hands, shoulders, neck, face, and scalp!
Once you're done you should be feeling very relaxed and limp. If not, start over. You may also fall asleep during this process, of course; that's fine. In any case, if you practice this every night for a while before your appointment, it should help. You can also try to do it during the day, in other situations. And of course, you'll want to do it in the dentist's office. Fortunately a dental chair is really comfortable.
Don't forget to tell your dentist and the nurse that you're a very nervous patient. They'll understand.
5. Another option, if things get really bad, is to call the dentist's office in advance (several days in advance, at least), tell them you're a nervous patient, and see if they can prescribe a tranquilizer for you, such as Valium. Most dentists can and will do this for you. Or you can contact your primary doctor for the prescription.
I've never had to do that myself, but it IS an option.
Some dentists will also let you come into the office on an earlier day, just so you can look around, perhaps sit in a chair (but NOT have anyone do anything to you) and have a chance to get a little more comfortable with the place. That can help a lot.
In any case, it's important to be able to see the dentist every six months. If you don't, as you know, you'll just be putting things off until they get SO bad that you can't stand it - and in the end, that would be a hundred times scarier than it would be if you have routine preventative work done regularly.
If you want to write and let me know how it goes for you, I'd be interested to hear about it.
sizzlinmandolin answered Thursday March 9 2006, 2:53 am: You may not have to get them taken out. My guess is that you don't. However, it's very very important that you have someone look at them to make sure that there aren't any problems. I have to get a wisdom tooth taken out in May. If I don't get it removed, it can completely ruin the tooth next to it AND if the root gets a chance to grow in it will be touching a nerve. If I don't get it taken out within the year, I'll be in trouble because once it's touching that nerve it CAN'T get taken out or half of my face will be paralyzed. Wisdom teeth are not something you should ignore. Lots of people are afraid of the dentist, but don't let your fear keep you from doing what you really need to do. Get it checked out by your dentist. If your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon, don't let that scare you. The oral surgeon, like your dentist, is just going to look. There won't be any scraping or poking, maybe just an x-ray. Hopefully everything is good to go and you may even get some pain medication or something to help you out. What you are doing right now can be really dangerous and like others have said, you'll get knocked out and won't remember a thing even if you do have to have any of your wisdom teeth taken out. I hope that everything works out for you and good luck! [ sizzlinmandolin's advice column | Ask sizzlinmandolin A Question ]
ncblondie answered Thursday March 9 2006, 2:23 am: Ouch. Since I've had a lot of trouble with my wisdom teeth, I understand your pain. I'm also terrified of the dentist, but finally had to give in due to the pain. I'm scheduled to have mine pulled later this month. I wish I'd got over my fear sooner instead of living with the pain for several years. Mine started bothering me at 17 and I'm now 23. Believe me, it's better to go ahead and get it over instead of living with the pain.
Like the others have said, they generally knock you out for the procedure. However, they can do it without knocking you out in some cases. For instance, I'm currently pregnant so they can't knock me out. From what I was told by my dentist, there will be some numbness after the procedure and you should receive something for pain. You should be back to normal within a couple days. My mother had hers done a while back and was back at work the next day.
Definitely tell your parents. When they make you an appointment, explain to the dentist beforehand that you're nervous about the procedure. I don't know if all dentists do it, but mine offers a mild sedative for nervous patients.
Until then, you still have to deal with the pain. Ask your parents about an OTC pain reliever such as Tylenol and see if you can get some Orajel. I find the taste awful, but it does numb the area for a bit so it doesn't hurt. I've also found that putting a cool compress on my jaw helps to relieve the pain. [ ncblondie's advice column | Ask ncblondie A Question ]
karenR answered Thursday March 9 2006, 1:36 am: I don't even want to remember when mine came in!
Like you, I am petrified of going to the dentist. I don't know why, the toothache hurts worse than they do by a bunch. But I am.
Wisdom teeth hurt a lot because they are coming in back there where your jaw is and it gets a little crowded.
The pain might go away. We are talking years from now though so I have to recommend the dentist. Actually, you will need to see an oral surgeon.
Like russianspy mentioned, they do put you to sleep. I've not known anyone who had much pain after the surgery. I'm sure they give you something to take.
So, tell your mom and go get them removed. Don't sit around in pain. If I remember correctly, and I know I do, not only does your jaw and teeth hurt, but it can make it feel like you have an earache too. [ karenR's advice column | Ask karenR A Question ]
russianspy1234 answered Thursday March 9 2006, 12:56 am: if they hurt that means they are coming in crooked and need to be removed. you are gonna have to go to the dentist, but in most cases when they remove wisdom teeth they put you completely to sleep for it. heres the problem though, it hurts alot afterwards. make sure you get vicodin and not tylenol. but unfortunately, you are gonna have to go to the dentist, the longer you wait the worse it will be. [ russianspy1234's advice column | Ask russianspy1234 A Question ]
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