Husband and His Wisdom Teeth

Updated on August 23, 2010
M.C. asks from Holmen, WI
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My 34 year old husband is getting his wisdom teeth taken out in 2 weeks. I had mine taken out quite a few years ago, so I'm sure things have changed since then. Has anyone had their wisdom teeth taken out recently? How long did it take for you to recover? What types of food were good for you to eat? I remember being asleep most of the first day. Did you experience this, too?

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answers from Boise on

He should only have them taken out if they are really bothering him. Otherwise, the dentist is making a lot of money for doing an unnecessary procedure. I have been researching dentists and find that they are a business and the number one way the oral surgeons make money is to pull wisdom teeth. I still have all mine in and I am in my late 30s.

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answers from Dallas on

Most of the time wisdom teeth are taken out using Conscious sedation at an Oral Surgeons office. That is what causes you to be sleepy most of that day. Recovery depends on how impacted the teeth and and how fully developed they are. You want to make sure that a blood clot forms in the sockets. If you lose the blood clot that is called a dry socket and it is painful. So no carbonated drinks (soda), do not drink with a straw, Do not smoke for 48 hours. And if you can avoid milk products that also helps. So jello, soups you might need to check the temp for him he may not be able to tell if it is too hot if he is still numb. The oral surgeons office should give you a compleat list of what to do and what not to do. Here is a link to pre and post op instructions.



answers from Green Bay on

I loved mashed potatoes and gravy from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Easy to eat and filling!



answers from Cedar Rapids on

M.-My ex-husband had his wisdom teeth taken out while we were together. He was 36. It was truly hell for him. As men get older their wisdom teeth fuse into the jawbone (we learned this the hard way). He had to be put completely under to have his teeth removed. He was miserable for a month. Your husband may not have the same issues and maybe yours will actually take his pain meds......Good luck!



answers from Tulsa on

I bleed for a week and threw up blood for days. I kept ice on my face and it still hurt all over. He needs to take the pain meds and go to sleep.

Take good care of him! and good luck getting better soon.



answers from Des Moines on

i had mine taken out about 2 years ago now. i was allowed to eat jello, pudding and mashed potatoes. they tell you anything soft, as long as you don't really have to chew it or suck on it. they told me i couldn't work for the first day or two i think, but that once i was feeling better i could go back to work if i wanted - it all depends on how you feel. they take the stitches out after a week.



answers from New York on

ugh... i had mine out at 40.. it was pretty bad.. because they are so grown in.. it's much easier when you are younger.. a milk shake.. not real creamy... ice water with a straw, chicken broth, yogurt, sherbert.. good luck... and make sure he comes home with pain meds... this will help ... good luck.. it might be easier for him.. i had all 4 taken out ... it was bad... hope he does better.. i felt better after 2 weeks.... the second week was better.



answers from La Crosse on

I had three (at 39) taken out last year. It wasn't bad at all! I did not "go under" anesthetic, and actually went back to work afterwards. I drove myself to work a little while afterwards, and then home at the end of the day. No sleepiness, and I took some Alleve, and all was fine. I ate liquids (no straws) for a day, and was conscious of not eating salty or crunchy stuff for a few days. I am a total wimp, and it truly was not bad at all. Even with one impacted one that broke off during the problems.



answers from Minneapolis on

I had mine out in March. They were under the bone and i only had two. I was down and out for about 2 days. It was pretty bad, I slept and was hopped up on pain meds. It hurt so bad 2 percocet every 4 hours was not cutting the pain, I had to on top of that take Advil which then helped some. I ate scrambled eggs for days, anything soft will be fine. The other thing with mine is that the nerve that runs through my jaw got nicked and I lost feeling in half of my chin and lip. It is slowly coming back but still not 100%. They said it is something that can happen when you have them removed as an adult. They forgot to tell me this prior to the surgery so I was a little mad about that. I really had no choice but to have them out as they were causing infection. Make sure there is a reason he is having them out, not just because the dentist said he should. Good luck!



answers from Saginaw on

I had mine out 8 yrs ago but my sister had hers out last yr and everything was the same. No smoking, no using a straw, liquid diet for the first day or so and having to use that syringe thing on your holes.

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