Getting all wisdom teeth removed? 
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 Getting all wisdom teeth removed?

So my dentist has recommended that I get all my wisdom teeth removed as
mine are in a position that makes them impossible to fill and he thinks
one is on the verge of starting to decay. Plus even though mine are mostly
fully through it's very crowed back there.

Couple of questions.

What's the typical cost for this procedure?

Is it covered by dental or medical insurance? I have both and I'll be
making some phone calls tomorrow. I'm told it depends on whether the teeth
have broken through the surface or not.

I'm a twenty eight year old male. I'm told the earlier the better. I've always
hesitated due to the trama (phsycological) that I underwent during an
extraction when I was eigh{*filter*}. That was under local anesthetic and I didn't
take to kindly to the removal of something from my body.

Is it likely that it will be all over and done with after about a week after
the procedure? Won't there be some big holes back there? I seem to remember
that's about as much discomfort I had when I had my lower second from the
back molar "hacked out"

He also said that that I'd need stitches where one of the wisdom teeth
is to be removed. Would I have had stitches for the molar extraction I honstly
cannot remember but I'm just trying to remember the discomfort I experienced.

---

My choices are to getting the procedure done in the US, NHS in the UK or
private in the UK. I was thinking of taking the month of June 98 off to
watch the world cup with my father.



Sun, 29 Oct 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 Getting all wisdom teeth removed?

Quote:

> So my dentist has recommended that I get all my wisdom teeth removed as
> mine are in a position that makes them impossible to fill and he thinks
> one is on the verge of starting to decay. Plus even though mine are mostly
> fully through it's very crowed back there.

> Couple of questions.

> What's the typical cost for this procedure?

It really depends on where you live and whether your general dentist
does it or an {*filter*}surgeon is doing it, and what position the teeth are
in, do they need surgical incisions, sutures, and are you being sedated,
etc etc etc
Quote:

> Is it covered by dental or medical insurance? I have both and I'll be
> making some phone calls tomorrow. I'm told it depends on whether the teeth
> have broken through the surface or not.

Generally, it is covered under medical if it is a partial or fully boney
impaction.  That means if it the top of the tooth is still covered by
some bone which will have to be removed or if it is still buried under
the bone, which will have to be removed.
Quote:

> I'm a twenty eight year old male. I'm told the earlier the better. I've always
> hesitated due to the trama (phsycological) that I underwent during an
> extraction when I was eigh{*filter*}. That was under local anesthetic and I didn't
> take to kindly to the removal of something from my body.

Try getting IV sedation or {*filter*}sedation.  Bring stereo headphones and
your personal walkman or cd player and something that is soothing to
you.  Some dentists also give you something to take the night before to
help you get a good nights sleep as that has been found to be important
in helping you deal with the stress of the surgery.  Be sure you do not
drink caffiene the day of the surgery.  
Quote:
> Is it likely that it will be all over and done with after about a week after
> the procedure? Won't there be some big holes back there? I seem to remember
> that's about as much discomfort I had when I had my lower second from the
> back molar "hacked out"

Generally yes, except if you have sutures you may find that after about
4-5 days the sutures become kind of irritating as the tissue is
healing.  Once they are out you generally start feeling much better very
quickly.  It would be important to follow all post operative
instructions from the dentist to avoid complications.  Occasionally
there is a situation where a bone chip trys to work it's way out.  It is
not painful, just a little discomfort and you could call the dentist and
he would just be about to take care of that for you.
Quote:
> He also said that that I'd need stitches where one of the wisdom teeth
> is to be removed. Would I have had stitches for the molar extraction I honstly
> cannot remember but I'm just trying to remember the discomfort I experienced.

> ---

> My choices are to getting the procedure done in the US, NHS in the UK or
> private in the UK. I was thinking of taking the month of June 98 off to
> watch the world cup with my father.

I don't know what the world cup is ( I could tell you what a cup and
saucer vine, or buttercup is in my garden:), but you will want to have
at least 2-3 days after the surgery to rest, and not do anything
strenuous.  A month sounds good to me though!

Good luck,
Linda Mc



Mon, 30 Oct 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 
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