After at least 5 years of pain (and procrastination), today I finally got two wisdom teeth taken out. Knowing that I was going to do it this week, made my week go quite bad. The thought of it gave me nausea and I didn’t have much of an appetite.The internet lead me to read many good but many more bad stories. I instantly bonded with people on twitter.com/oralordeal and, if nothing else, didn’t feel alone. And the number of YouTube videos!? Jeez. Didn’t have the courage to watch any of them. Why would you even put that on YouTube.
But I was really worrying for nothing! My fantastic dentist (Dr Sangram Singh at Canadian Specialist Clinic) pulled them out in 6 minutes flat. I kept my eyes closed the whole time. The only pain I felt was in the beginning when he was numbing my mouth with the injections; and when I saw the cotton gauze full of blood, I felt a little giddy – perhaps because that’s when you realize that a tooth has been yanked out that’s why you are bleeding. As you can see in the picture (sorry if I grossed anyone out), I had large wisdom teeth. But it’s not like they were giving me any wisdom. Why do we even grow things that are not useful? Like fingernails, or earlobes.
As I write this, the right side of my face is still numb. It’s a weird sensation. I can’t speak properly, my mother is finding it very entertaining. Eating ice-cream with a half numb mouth isn’t quite as enjoyable either. I’m told that once the local anesthesia wares off and the pain kicks in, that’s when I will be cursing. But, I’ve taken the medication, so hopefully it won’t be excruciating.
Anyway, I’m glad it’s over and I have a weekend to recuperate at my parents house with loads of TLC and ice-cream.
Yes, I will be putting them under the pillow for the tooth fairy!