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Old 01-22-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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I just had one pulled today. It was a simple extraction, went well, and I'm definitely not complaining, but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions to minimize pain/swelling that worked for you. (Other than ice, which I've done, and knitting in front of Antiques Road show to ignore the pain, which I intend to do shortly.) Thanks,
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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I had all four of mine yanked at once. I was put under. I drooled a lot. And slept. And took vicodin. And held ice to my face. And whined. And ate chocolate pudding. And watched Ren & Stimpy. And took more vicodin.

Some of mine were partially impacted, but I was a drooling idiot for three days, and the fourth I was a space cadet.
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by cawthraven
I had all four of mine yanked at once. I was put under. I drooled a lot. And slept. And took vicodin. And held ice to my face. And whined. And ate chocolate pudding. And watched Ren & Stimpy. And took more vicodin.
Same here!(except chocolate pudding made me puke )


One way to minimize pain is to alternate between warm and cold compresses. I had all mine taken out at once and they even had to take a piece of my jaw bone because of the size of them and the way they grew in. If the warm and cold compresses don't work, take IB prophen to help with the swelling. If the bleeding won't stop, put a tea bag over the area where they extracted the tooth.

Feel better soon!
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:24 PM   #4
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I had all four cut out a couple of years ago, and this is the BEST way to keep down the swelling (if you don't mind not leaving your house for a bit). I had almost no swelling at all!

Take an old bra, put ice packs in the, er, cups, and tie it over your head.
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:33 PM   #5
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I don't really have any advice, just wanted to say I feel your pain. I had mine done last June, all 4 of them, at the age of 30. It sucked. Bad. Lots of hugs to you!
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i agree with the ibuprofen to reduce swelling. i had a prescription. my doctor also prescribed steroids... i'm not really sure what type, but they were to also reduce swelling. i had 3 of mine pulled in one day and with all the meds (plus vicodin) mixed with a lot of rest i was only swollen for the day of the surgery.
i followed the drug directions very precisely so ... i was actually never in any pain... just a little... high? those little pills do wonders.

good luck!
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If you are open to the idea, you can try a homeopathic remedy called Arnica. Reduces swelling and pain. And, no drugs. (I'm a nutritionist/naturopath.) Take it when you've had nothing in your mouth other than water for 15-20 minutes and wait 15-20 before you eat or drink anything afterwards (except water.) You can repeat it as needed. No side effects.
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Congratulations on having that ordeal behind you! You are so brave!!!! Now follow all advice from the dds. Like, only drool for first day or so, no "sucking" (negative pressure) when you spit, only drool, and no carbonated beverages for 3 days, no straws. You are tyring to do everything you can to get htat blood clot to form and stay so you don't have a dry socket. You'll probably feel fine tomorow. Both of my kiddos went out the same night!! If your DDS recommends gentle lavage with a syringe and water later on in the healing process, don't forget this, my daughter did and it infected and swelled up on the very night she had tickets to a rock concert!! Ahh the joy of "natural consequences!!!! Not that I wanted something like that to happen, but doggone it I kept tellling her to do it and she didn't listen to me!
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I have to get all 4 of mine pulled soon. I'm totally putting it off...
And your posts aren't helping my courage AT ALL.
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Silver, I had all four of my wisdom teeth cut out, and it was WAY easier than the other 14 teeth I've had pulled. I only had a teeny-tiny bit of pain the first day (and I am a total wimp with pain). Don't worry - just take lots of Motrin (my oral surgeon told me to take it before I was in pain, and keep taking it every 8 hours or so), use ice packs constantly, and you'll be just fine. Oh, and stock up on good movies and yummy teas to sip on.
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