So I'm not one to fuss when I have an ache in my jaw. Usually if a tooth is soar it'll go away in a couple days or so. I tend to clench my teeth in my sleep, so it's probably different for other people. This time was a little different for me though. I had a dull ache in my back right wisdom tooth for a couple weeks and finally brought it up to one of my coworkers. They had the doc take a look, and turns out that I had two impacted wisdom teeth on my lower jaw. There was nothing really wrong with my tops, but since I was having the lowers out I opted to have the uppers yanked as well.
For those of you that don't know what an impacted tooth is, for me it meant that both my bottom teeth were growing into my other teeth (sideways). So that dull ache that wouldn't go away was my tooth trying to push my other teeth out of the way.
I had about a week or so to do some research and figure out what I was in for. And let me tell yuh, I read some horror stories as far as having your wisdom teeth out and the healing process the follows. So I took as much as I could from those stories and prepared as much as I could. One of the big things that was mentioned was to hold off on eating anything remotely solid for as long as you can.
So I stalked up on Jell-O, pudding, soup, pineapple juice (which supposedly speeds up the healing of the sockets), eggs, and Ensure. Kind of ironic that I did all this work for Ensure in the past but this is the first time I've ever purchased their product. Not to sound like a commercial or nothing, but they make some good stuff. It did the trick during that first week when I couldn't really have anything of substance.
One thing of note, is that before I was going to get my teeth pulled I was informed that they were going to have to put me under. I've never had sedation or any kind of surgery before so it made me a bit nervous. I later found out that they basically had to cut my jaw open and shatter the bottom teeth so that they could pull one piece out at a time. Needless to say, I was happy that I wasn't awake during the whole tooth cracking session.
After a week of taking my meds like clockwork, rinsing my toof-holes out with this special syringe, and consuming nothing but Jell-O, tomato soup, and Ensure I decided to make myself some scrambled eggs which I ate like a newborn baby. Squishing up all the eggs with my tongue and the roof of my mouth before they got anywhere near my sockets. It may sound like a bit much, but if you read the dry socket stories that I did, you'd be just as careful.
A couple weeks have gone by and I seem to be on the mend and I'm able to eat some-what solid foods again. I'm still being very careful though.
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