So it’s happening again. After sorting out my eyes a few years back, my wisdom teeth have decided to join the revolt against my body. What did I ever do to them?!
Once again, this puts me in the unusual position of med-student-turned-patient. I’ve never been seriously ill, operated on, or had to travel to get the care I need. So to suddenly need oral surgery in the next few months in a city 3 hours from my own… well, it’s interesting, to say the least.
I’m as guilty as any 22 year old – I’ve always taken my good health for granted. I’m young. I’m thin. I play hockey and run. And so far, no major aches and pains, no autoimmune diseases, no migraines, no bone fractures… I’m doing pretty excellently. Just those pesky eyes and now teeth.
On one side of things, I really have nothing to worry about. Wisdom teeth extraction is about as bread-and-butter as it gets for an oral surgeon. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, you wake up feeling pretty awesome, and get to eat ice cream for a week. There are millions of these procedures done every year, almost all without any complications. Plus I’m saved having to make the decision whether to operate or not – the bottom two are coming in at a particularly nasty angle and are already pushing on my last set of molars. So they have to come out. No doubt about it.
But on the other hand… I’ve never had surgery. Nada. I’ve never been under general anaesthesia. I’ve never even had a cavity. And now an oral surgeon is going to incise my gums and pull out 4 teeth that currently aren’t hurting me. Doesn’t sound too awesome. I know that it’s absolutely necessary to my oral and overall health, but that’s certainly not going to stop this neurotic medical student from worrying about it. Because nobody expects to be that 0.00001%. And my lower wisdom teeth are closer to the inferior alveolar nerve than I’d like (even though damage to them is usually temporary).
Anyway. If you’ve got any wise words with your surgical experience, leave a comment below! Heaven knows it’s nice to hear people survive this sort of thing, har-dee-har.
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