View Full Version : OT: Going Under the Knife in 45 Minutes

09-06-2007, 11:14 AM
I should have mentioned this last night. I'm getting a wisdom tooth extracted this afternoon, at about 2pm. About 45 mintues from now, to be precise. I never had any problems with them when I was younger, thus never had them removed in my late teens, early 20's as is common. Now I'm 46 and one of them is causing trouble. The left lower one is coming in sideways and has opened up a gumline cusp, which is trapping food particles and the resultant putrefaction is unpleasant to say the least: bad breath and an unpleasant taste. The only solution is to remove it, as if it is left in place, I will eventually develop an abcess or gum disease of some sort. It is not painful at all yet, just the unpleasantness I mentioned.

As it is deep in the jawbone, the surgeon will have to excavate the bone to get at it, pulverize it and remove it in pieces. Major digging, so it will be done under a general rather than local aneasthetic. He will prescribe Percocet for pain relief, as I am opioid tolerant due to being on a fentanyl [synthetic form of morphine] patch due to discogenic lumber spine pain. The usual pain meds, Tylenol 3 with codeine, are like Smarties to me, almost no effect at all, thus the requirement for the stronger meds.

I suppose that by the time most of you read this, it will already be over. If I'm not too groggy, I'll post back to let you know how I'm doing.

09-06-2007, 11:22 AM
Ouch! Good luck! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-06-2007, 11:40 AM
I could tell you about my painful experiences regarding dental surgery......

But i wont... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif dont worry.

Maybe when you are back http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Good luck and stay cool http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

09-06-2007, 11:40 AM
I too, have one of the "most wanted" wisdom teeth in the US Army. Every time I visit the Dentist, they are like..."we can take that out if you like??"

I'm like "You can pry it from my cold dead ... Jaw" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif


I had the other three removed at once when I was a teenager, so I know the experience. Have a cold milkshake on me when you come out of your dreams.

09-06-2007, 12:15 PM
Good luck K61! I'm sure it will ago fine for you. If you're good, they might let you bring it home and keep it!

09-06-2007, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by The_Silent_O:
I had the other three removed at once when I was a teenager, so I know the experience. Have a cold milkshake on me when you come out of your dreams.

I wouldnt recommend the milkshake....and neither would any dentist I've been to. Not supposed to drink from a straw for 24 hours.

Good luck with that. I had to have both my lowers cut out back in Feb.

09-06-2007, 01:23 PM
Cool Luck Kaleun1961,
I have had that in the passed.
They wanted to charge me (circa 1975) 60 for the full on operation. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/compsmash.gif
I was not going to pay that so I got it done by some old guy in downtown Johannesburg for 5.
(Sounds bad that tale but it's true, lol. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif)

09-06-2007, 02:00 PM
Good luck, K61. Not much fun, having those removed.

If you're good, they might let you bring it home and keep it!

Good luck with that, RJ. I asked about keeping mine beforehand. They refused, stating that it was a bio hazard or some such thing. Pure rubbish. Oh well.

09-06-2007, 02:16 PM
Just got home a few minutes ago, and now reading your kind well wishes. This is a great and friendly forum and the care for one another is genuine. I'm only a little bit sore on the lower left side. As I type this, I have an ice pack nestled against my jaw, just as you would hold a phone. I am making a lot of spelling mistakes as I type these words, but I seem lucid enough to catch them. I had a glass of orange drink and a Percocet tablet a few minutes ago, so I'm hoping to dispatch this missive before I'm too stoned to type. Once it kicks in, I'm going to go through my DVD collection for something funky to enjoy whilst under the influence. Before me now I have the Godfather trilogy my son bought me for Father's Day, The Wild Bunch by Sam Peckinpah of Cross of Iron and Straw Dogs fame, Three Kings, Tora Tora Tora. I'll most likely end up getting my director's cut of Das Boot. I've never watched it stoned, so maybe this'll be good for scheisses and giggles. Maybe I'll have more empathy for the scene where the injured Kreichbaum is fed soup by the radio/hydrophone operator. And then maybe I'll be inspired to make a patrol whilst under the influence of narcotics; never done that before.

Again, thanks for the kind wishes, lads; now I'm going to hit the bunk and put on Das Boot.

09-06-2007, 10:44 PM
I think I should nag my hubby more about getting his wisdom teeth out. Were you wisdom teeth in all the way or was the problem that they grew in funny?

And I'm glad you got through it, enjoy the percocets.. just don't take too much. The too much percocet itchyness is really really annoying!

09-07-2007, 02:19 AM
I've never watched it stoned, so maybe this'll be good for scheisses and giggles.


That must be a strange trip. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Celeon once had to endure a dental surgery in super stoned condition as the first injection had almost no effect due to a dental infection. (Which was the cause for the surgery) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

The infection was caused by dirt that got into a wound during a little accident i had.

....Ran against a beton column....hit it with my face...Mohammed Ali could not have hit me any harder....long story....lost a front tooth which was totally smashed to pieces during that and almost broke my upper jaw and skull....saw a lot of stars.....


The REAL horrible part on this story is that the dentist AND foremost MYSELF only found out that the narcotics didnt worked as the scalpel made its way. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

I will never forget this. That dentist's chair still has the marks my fingernails left in it after that two centimeter long cut without any narcotic relief.

After that the doctor gave me what the hippies would call a "galactic trip into the world of forefathers spirits" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I remember having a little chat with Elvis and Jimi Hendrix at some point http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

And those colors baby....oh yeah...ehhmm ..anyway.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

09-07-2007, 05:37 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gifLooks like i should have paid the 60, sold my Levi's or Cream album!
Oh well Happy Times the 60-70's

09-07-2007, 07:08 AM
I forget which painkiller is was...either percocet or codeine...that they gave me after dislocating my right shoulder in a mountain biking accident.

Anyways I was camping ... forgot that I took a dose and then started drinking a bottle of wine about an hour later. I remember entering a trancelike state while intently watching the fire. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif Although I was still very aware of my surroundings.

I woke up the next morning feeling great, but vowed I'd never mix the two again.

Good to see K61 back from under the knife!

09-07-2007, 05:30 PM
Day after surgery and it doesn't feel too bad. The percocet/Das Boot experience really wasn't anything too exciting. My body is so used to painkillers that I don't really get a buzz from anything. When I first injured my back in 2002, I started on Tylenol 3's which weren't strong enough, so then my doctor put me on Oxycodone/Percocet and man that was stoned. I guess over the years my body has adjusted to the drugs. This time round, the Percocets only had the effect of taking the edge off the pain, no magical mystery tour moments. Still, that scene where Johann gets a bad case of blechkoller and tries to exit via Zentralle is even freakier when you're buzzed.

The pain isn't that bad today, but I did find it bothering me while I was doing some work on a computer that I'm shipping back to school with my daughter. I've tried every trick up my sleeves to get a 40 GB Samsung hard drive to act as a slave to the C drive and no matter which way I configured the jumpers, no luck. It also doesn't help that the Samsung site has no tech info on this drive! I'm going to try a work around, take the other 40 GB drive that is now the C drive and try to make that the slave drive. This computer is to be a backup machine in case her laptop goes wonky again. I was working up a sweat and getting frustrated and that's when my tooth [or rather, former tooth] began to ache and I took 2 Percs, which dulled it and mellowed me out some. I've now taken all the data off the C drive and backing it up to another machine while I try the swap, with the Samsung as C and the other one as D. I'm planning on teaching her to use the second drive to store her backups.

09-08-2007, 11:40 AM
Hi Kaleaun1961,
I guess you do not have to worry about break-in's to your property!
When they get to the medicine cabinet they wiil be so stoned after that your other property will be safe!

09-08-2007, 04:15 PM
Glad to hear that all worked out well. Teeth things can be somewhat tricky. It is always best to get them pulled early in life. My wisdom tooth horror story was in boot camp for the US Navy, many years ago. They claimed that both on one side had to be yanked, because the lower one was coming in sideways, so both had to go. Navy logic I guess, as I couldn't see why both needed to go. As I wasn't in any position to argue, the Navy proceeded. I swear the guy must have been a veterinarian or butcher before the navy, and I'm sure he wasn't a dental surgeon, probably a Petty officer 1st class dental tech. They rammed novacaine needles all through my mouth, and I swear - no really - he used a pair of regular tool box pliers. His knee was actually on my chest as he plied his trade, yanking for all he was worth while novacaine was was poured down my throat. The one tooth came right out (the good one), but the other took a lot of tugging. Well, that is the US Navy for you - accelerating my life. They accelerated a couple of years off of my life with that adventure. My major concern was that we were supposed to have steak that night, and I didn't want to miss it. The "dentist" assured me that I wouldn't miss the steak dinner, and I happily munched away on a fairly good steak (under boot camp standards) with the other side of my mouth that evening, as the novacaine slowly wore off that night. We didn't get all those fancy pain killers either, so the next few days were quite painful.

I'm just glad your episode came off so well. Dental techniques have changed by leaps and bounds, although maybe not in boot camp. Years later I had other dental work done, and was amazed at how little it hurt. Keep up the recovery.


09-08-2007, 08:20 PM
Day 2 after the surgery and I'm actually feeling sorer than the first day after surgery. My mouth can't open very wide, which is normal, according to the literature the surgeon gave me: fluid accumulates in the jaw area to promote healing and the limited mouth opening is a natural defence mechanism to facilitate healing. I'm still eating a soft diet: pudding, macaroni, baked beans, etc. Not quite up to chewing on a T-bone steak yet. Also been popping a few more pain killers.

Dental surgery has come a long way, to judge from the stories shared here. Celeon's and Heinrich's sound downright barbaric. You do have to wonder about military dentistry. You're just a piece of property to them, so who cares how you feel about it or how much pain you feel? Suck it up, soldier! All I know is, I am very grateful to modern pharmaceuticals!

As to the hard drive problems I mentioned earlier: My solution was to back up the data, then make the Samsung the C drive and the other drive D. First time I have ever had a problem like that, but at least it has been solved, albeit in a somewhat Mickey Mouse fashion.