Saturday, July 14, 2007


So....a few days after I turned a quarter of a century old, I felt I was becoming wiser. Hah. My wisdom tooth on my upper right jaw decided it was time to further push itself into the world - my gum world. At first I thought my jaw was locking. I could not open my mouth wider than to say "uh." That was about it. Food had to be pushed in carefully with my fingers. Terrible I tell you.

The right side of my face swelled up a bit and so the doctor tole me to go have an x-ray. Of course I did not think of going to my dentist YET because I clearly remember him telling me that based on my x-rays which show that I have such a small jaw, my wisdom teeth will have a hard time completely coming out. In other words, my wisdom teeth are impacted thus would require minor surgery.

So...at the back of my mind, I was trying to avoid hearing that. I wanted so much to hear from my doctor that the pain and swelling had something to do with my jaw bone or muscles or something. But yeah, no. Definitely the wisdom tooth.

So...I decided to do some reading on wisdom teeth. Why are they called such anyway?! And guess what, every single article freaked me out and no justification was given for why HAVE to be called wisdom teeth. Why not painful teeth? They can decay, can cause gum infection or a cyst can even develop somewhere around the wisdom tooth.

So...since I have not been able to eat a good meal in the past week, I am going to my dentist. NOW. And I am going to have to ask him to remove some of my wisdom.
So please keep me in your thoughts because such procedures scare me and freak me out. But since I have gone through a C-section anyway, I might as well have my gums cut up and have that painful tooth taken out.

4 comments:

Amanda Sue said...

oh - i had all four of mine cut out at the same time. two were impacted and two were partially erupted.

don't be nervous! i'll be praying for you! :)

Jennboree said...

It will be worth it, I promise. I had one removed and then three others a year later. Use a dentist who offers laugh gas. Seriously. It makes it alllllll better :)

Aileara said...

I only recently found your blog, and have been lurking. Time to let you know that I also have had my wisdom teeth removed, and you'll be fine. I'm a big chicken when it comes to dentists, so I had mine removed in the hospital with general anesthetic. Laughing gas is a great way to go too. Sending prayers, please let us know how you're doing.

Shoshana said...

Awww, that is painful. After the surgery, you will be glad to have it gone.

I think wisdom tooth is like vermiform appendix. Useless, but there anyway. Hugs to you Louann.