Wisdom Teeth Extractions and Childbirth

I recently had 4 impacted wisdom teeth extracted as well as a 5th tooth pulled that was a problem root canal.  Getting your wisdom teeth out is always something on that “Going to Do” list that never gets done, however we finally decided that we needed to get it done.  Having wisdom teeth pulled is no small matter,  however the older you are the more difficult it becomes as I was warned by the surgeon.  I not only had the negative factor of age, but add to that impaction, a bad root canal, nursing a baby and having 7 children:  it isn’t a pleasant thought.
The actual extraction part was easy.  I was I.V. sedated, which I highly recommend, and literally woke not knowing that the surgery was already over.  The recovery part is a completely different story.
I could compare the pain and trauma of my wisdom teeth recovery experience to nothing that I have ever been through.  In fact, I am still a bit to traumatized by it to even speak of the exact details.
At least today, going on my 4th day of recovery, I can hold my head up and see straight.  The massive amount of exploding head pressure and thick head fog are lifting and the throbbing is bearable.  The overall pain is dramatically better than the first couple of days.  My diet for the last 4 days has been mashed potatoes, soup, mashed avocado, yogurt and applesauce as I can not chew anything yet.  My face has swelled up to resemble a fat chipmunk and only today I have started to see colorful bruises in my mouth and on my face. Lovely.
Now maybe I wouldn’t have had such a bad time if I would take the pain medication, as my husband has wisely suggested.  BUT I just can’t get past taking MORPHINE and trying to nurse a baby at the same time.  So I suffer with the hopes that surly it can’t take too much longer before it is all better.  I now know why I have never heard a wonderful wisdom teeth extraction story.
My final thoughts:
Have your wisdom teeth taken out when you are young — 16 to 18 years old is the best time I am told.
Go for the sedation.
And one more thought…. Childbirth, it isn’t near as bad, at least in my experiences!
Sorry, no pictures for this post! 😉


  • sarah walston says:

    Beth – that’s horrible. I’m so sorry. Take LOTS AND LOTS OF ARNICA! I know that Valium is safe for nursing. I read that on Dr Hale’s Breastfeeding Forum a while back. I’d call and ask for some valium. I can’t believe you are doing recovery w/o pain meds. I had my wisdom teeth out when I was 16 and it was a breeze – they had not rooted yet so it was nothing. I’m so sorry – will be praying for you.

  • admin says:

    Actually this afternoon has been amazingly better painwise. Just a headache from too much noise around here– a house full of bouncing happy excited-over-fireworks-children (except for Eva who is terrified of them)
    I don’t need pain meds now—I had my surgery done in the late afternoon(Fri) and took pain meds that night because he said that I would need it before the numbness wore off (and boy did I), however I ran out of stored milk for Annabelle faster than I anticipated so I was wanting to get my milk cleaned up for her.
    I ended up not nursing for almost 24 hours..not quite though….she was a happy camper after I nursed her though 😉
    The surgeon told me that once you pass 25– wisdom teeth become a different story. He said that getting them out earlier is much easier because they are just buds — he said mine were big rooted, fully-grown, impacted in my jaw bone teeth. I still can’t touch my teeth together because of the swelling–and my black,blue, green, yellow marks on my face look as though I have been in a fight — My next phase is if I can get through the next day or so without getting dry sockets–then I will be well on my way to having this major issue in my life over.
    Arnica—good idea– I still have lots of that left over from the birth.

  • Sally says:

    I gotta say, I’m kinda glad there aren’t pictures with this post 😉 lol
    I’m so sorry, I wish there was a miracle pill I could give you…but at least you got it over with now – YEA! 🙂

  • sarah says:

    Yeah, I kind of enjoyed having mine removed. That was WAY pre-marriage and children so I just got to lay back and enjoy the drugs. The only bad part is I didn’t listen to their instructions for food and rightfully earned myself a dry socket. owww.

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  • Anne says:

    It’s on my to-do list too…. and after reading this, I think I’ll push it lower on the list. Mine’s not broke — why fix it?