Plus, the bottom ones were growing sideways.
So, I booked the dentist and anesthesiologist. I had to cancel a tattoo appointment and use the money for my teeth instead of a nice tattoo :(
We have public health care here in Australia, but decided not to go the public route because it take a long time to get looked at. I didn't know if the hole in my tooth would start hurting, so I got them done via the dentist, bypassing the public health system. I also have private health, which paid for $500 of my surgery.
I'm not a fan of the dentist, but luckily I found a nice female dentist that runs from a practice inside the Perth train station.
My sister, Kirsty, took some time off work to take me to the dentist and take me home after. What would I do without her!?
I wasn't really nervous, I started to get worried while I was in the chair but I knew I was in the hands of professionals. This was the first time I had ever been put under by IV sedation, or any sedation for that matter. Once the needle was in my hand the man told me I would start feeling sleepy, I thought to myself "oh man, I don't feel sleepy at all!"
THEN BOOM! I woke up an hour later.
I wasn't really groggy, it just felt like I had a nap. They told me the surgery went fine and I got put in a wheelchair to the waiting area to pay. I also got scripts for painkillers, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotics. This was the first time I've ever had antibiotics!
My sister was given a bunch of instructions, gauze for bleeding and my teeth (which I wanted to keep). Then off I went home.
My mouth was all numb, and I wanted to drink straight away which was hard because I couldn't feel anything. I was also really cold, so I got into warm clothes once I got home. I also attempted to eat a banana, because I had to fast for 6 hours before the surgery.
My mouth started to hurt really badly once the numbing wore off, but I took some painkillers and went to bed. Over the course of the healing there wasn't very much pain, I've had worse in my life. I had the surgery on Friday, so I had Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to let the swelling go down (I got a doctors note for Monday and Tuesday, and took time off work).
The swelling was really bad on Saturday (the morning after) but it went down over the week. I have a little bit of bruising on my jaw too, but not too badly. I had to eat lots of soup, because I couldn't eat chewy things. Luckily, soup was on special for $1.50 from the grocery store (and I also like soup).
Last Friday I had my stitches removed, and the dentist said that I healed up quickly. I'm back to normal now, and I can eat interesting food again (I had pizza!).
Here's me with a numb mouth trying to drink out of a crazy straw.
My wisdom teeth. You can see the big hole on the top left tooth!The other two teeth are in fragments because they have to cut through the teeth/jaw to remove them properly.
The morning after surgery, chipmunk face!!