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If you've had your wisdom teeth removed, how long did it take you to get back to work/school/life/etc?

I'm getting 4 removed on Tuesday, and they are impacted and according to the nurse it will be a difficult extraction. I start a new internship the next Monday. Would you push it back a day? According to my doctor I SHOULD be okay, but is still giving me warnings. Everyone I know who has had their wisdom teeth removed has said it's been no big deal though and has been fine in a day..
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[User Picture]From: stardancerx
2013-01-05 12:21 am (UTC)

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I had my impacted wisdom teeth removed on a Friday and went back to work on Tuesday, though I would have been fine to go in on Monday. I didn't have much soreness after my surgery but everyone's experience is different. Still, I think almost a week will be more than enough time for you.
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2013-01-05 12:22 am (UTC)

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I had mine done on a Friday and was back in school on Monday. (I was a senior in high school at the time.) I think you'll be fine with W-Su to rest/heal. You might just still be eating soft foods on Monday, so plan accordingly.
[User Picture]From: heyfashion
2013-01-05 12:24 am (UTC)

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It should be fine. I was sore for the first two days after I had mine out. It wasn't anything unbearable, though. There may also be some embarrassing swelling and/or bruising that will last a few days.

(edited because I read the days wrong)

Edited at 2013-01-05 12:25 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2013-01-05 12:26 am (UTC)

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I don't want to frighten you but I had four of my wisdom teeth taken out, all impacted, and one they had to crack my jaw slightly to get the tooth out. It was absolutely awful; I was sick to my stomach because of the pain killers and my entire face/cheeks were swollen for a good week or so. It was during the summer so I didn't need to go to work or school. I don't think all the swelling went down and I was out of pain for about 11 or 12 days. Even then, my jaw was still very sore and still is painful where it was cracked, but has lessened over time. My sister's were removed at the same and her experience was similar to mine but she did not have her jaw cracked.

If I were you, I would plan for it to be problematic just to give yourself some extra time.
[User Picture]From: sofriggencoolx
2013-01-05 12:28 am (UTC)

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Ahhhhh well that is horrifying. Thankfully the doctor did say that they wont need to crack my jaw, so hopefully it's not THAT bad.
[User Picture]From: hereisfar
2013-01-05 12:32 am (UTC)

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It shouldn't be that bad and everyone's experiences are really different. I went into it only knowing people that had easy peasy extractions with no impacted teeth so I also had very low expectations of pain and complications.
[User Picture]From: vodkabeforenoon
2013-01-05 12:28 am (UTC)

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It took about a day... I got all four removed but not because they were impacted just because I couldnt imagine going in twice. It was hell the first day and then by the end of the week I felt more or less like myself.
[User Picture]From: gabardinedreams
2013-01-05 12:31 am (UTC)

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It's really no big deal. I had one out under local anesthesia.. that was the only bad one. I worked that day and I was miserable between the numbness wearing off and my prescription for painkillers being filled. but the only reason that was a struggle was because it was abscessed and an emergency. I had the other three out under general anasthesia and it was fine. The painkillers worked and I just drank tons of powerade (I credit my quick healing with being so well hydrated) and ate alphaghetti and I was good to go asap.
[User Picture]From: erroroperator
2013-01-05 12:34 am (UTC)

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I've only had two done, but I was back to normal the next day. I was extremely disappointed I had no excuse to eat all the pudding I bought (I ate it anyway, however).
[User Picture]From: judaskiss
2013-01-05 01:15 am (UTC)

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lol
[User Picture]From: bad_lcuk
2013-01-05 12:35 am (UTC)

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Generally i was told three-four days (so get it done friday, back to work monday/tuesday) but I ended up having complications and was out for about 1.5 weeks. I did do ~some work over the 1.5 weeks but I couldnt drive to work because I was on narcotics and couldnt drive and was sooooooo loopy. My team probably absolutely hated i did work somewhat from home!

It also depends how your teeth are sitting and other medication youre on. If you have particularly shitty removals you could have more complications. If youre older, weaker, or sicker, it could take you longer to heal. If you are taking medication that could interfere, it could take you longer to heal or you could incur complications (thus take longer to heal).

Technically id say yeah, you should be ok. I got 3/4 dry sockets, i was told by my mom later it was expected because apparently if youre anemic and on HBC its not too unpredictable, but she didnt tell me ahead of time. I also didnt watch the warning video that the surgeon wanted to show me before hand because i was passing out. If you can, go to a dental surgeon and get 'put under', I appreciated it better. It also depends how you simply handle tooth-stuff.
(eta) just to mention to you, none of my teeth were complicated. I had 4 out. Three had already seriously erupted and the fourth barely not. I had essentially what my SO's-dentist-father says the easiest extraction ever.

Edited at 2013-01-05 12:36 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: aikikatie
2013-01-05 12:40 am (UTC)

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I had all four out at once and it was miserable. I was drugged for at least a few days, which I'm sure helped, and had a lot of ice cream. I want to say it was about a week before I felt back to normal.
[User Picture]From: xanya
2013-01-05 12:50 am (UTC)

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I had mine out on a Friday and was fine by the Monday. They were impacted as well and it wasn't so bad. I didn't even have any swelling or bruising because my surgeon must have done a great job at being gentle! I did get dry socket which was pretty yuck, but that didn't actually stop me from doing anything. However, I have a very high pain tolerance (but very low sickness tolerance...) and don't even ever take pain killers so I might not be the best example.
[User Picture]From: katydidnt98
2013-01-05 01:00 am (UTC)

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1 day before I was work-ready, because the day of the extraction I had to bite down on gauze and my mouth was too sore for 9-10 hours of talking. I was able to drive and run errands in about 5 minutes, though - as soon as I paid and got my keys I was good to go. The tooth I had removed was not impacted and not difficult to remove, so that makes a difference.
[User Picture]From: judaskiss
2013-01-05 01:21 am (UTC)

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If I had to do it over again, I would not have had all four removed on the same day. I would've had two removed on one side at a time. I had complications after surgery (dry socket) which is hell.
[User Picture]From: preci0us
2013-01-05 01:22 am (UTC)

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I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed ..3 days later I felt fine but I was still somewhat swollen for a few more days
[User Picture]From: kmeghan
2013-01-05 01:34 am (UTC)

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I would hope so... just be sure to follow the dentists directions (no smoking/drinking from straws,etc.)

I had 4 out, but they weren't impacted. I didn't have any swelling, stitches or dry socket. The dentist said it was because I was knocked out and didn't tense up. I did have a horrible reaction to the anesthesia though.

Edited at 2013-01-05 01:35 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: dragonflyinlove
2013-01-05 03:44 am (UTC)

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You were completely under? Is that common?

Im a terrible tenser, even though I have a high pain tolerance (I just hate being in a position of no control) and Im hoping I can get someone to knock me out completely without fuss...all four of mine are impacted and two are currently half way in.
[User Picture]From: kmeghan
2013-01-05 02:01 pm (UTC)

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I don't know how common it is, but I have an extremely small mouth and had to have 16 teeth pulled (4 of them wisdom teeth) so that I wouldn't have a messed up grill with teeth all over the place. I didn't have any health issues, and my mom was able to be there at the office with me. I'd seen that dentist for years, and he knew how many times I had teeth pulled.
[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2013-01-05 02:14 pm (UTC)

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It's not uncommon. I was put completely under for mine. I think you can request this, or request not to be, or your dentist/surgeon may suggest one or the other. I actually asked to be put under, as I have a fear of surgery, and am resistant to other forms of sedation (I wake up in the middle of things and it's terrifying every time).
[User Picture]From: musicluvr325
2013-01-05 01:38 am (UTC)

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I was back to work in 3 days. I was still in a lot of pain, but I didn't have a choice.
[User Picture]From: coconut_theory
2013-01-05 01:44 am (UTC)

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I had all four of mine done at once and two of them were impacted. It seriously took me about a week before I felt like I could even leave my apartment. The anesthesia made me sick, and then the painkillers made me sick. My face was swollen for days. Luckily I was on summer break and my campus job let me take the time off. It was horrible.

But I think my experience is not the norm.

Edited at 2013-01-05 01:44 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: strivingtoohard
2013-01-05 04:44 am (UTC)

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I had mine removed on a Friday and went back to class the following Wednesday.
[User Picture]From: georgefantana
2013-01-05 05:03 am (UTC)

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4 days. Be sure to take the pain pills right when you get home and then as prescribed, even if you don't feel pain. Keep on them.
[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2013-01-05 02:12 pm (UTC)

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God, this. I had about an hour lapse where my SO brought me home, and the pain meds wore off right as we got home. We figured we had time to get me home, and that he could go back out for them, but no such luck. I was in the most excruciating pain ever waiting for him to get back with those pills. :(
[User Picture]From: ohohmeaghan
2013-01-05 05:07 am (UTC)

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i had two taken out, they were both impacted but one seemed to come out pretty easily (i was awake and aware). i took a week off work, hoping to be back sooner. i felt alright after 2-3 days, but too much activity made my face swell back up for a week or so. a desk job is probably fine once the pain subsides, but i waitress and bartend so i needed the whole week off.
[User Picture]From: rissa_rose
2013-01-05 05:08 am (UTC)

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I just got mine removed this past Thursday and I'm surprised at how easy the recovery is thus far. Granted, I didn't have all four removed; I don't have insurance and could only afford to get out the two that were really killing me. They were impacted though, and the left one gave the oral surgeon a particularly tough time.

The pain is very minimal. I'd go back to work tomorrow if I had the option.

Good luck!
[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2013-01-05 02:10 pm (UTC)

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I was back at work 3 days later; however, I managed my schedule in such a way that I didn't have to actually miss any work. I only felt crappy for the first 48 hours or so. After that, I felt normal, just, with a sore jaw and on a restricted diet.

All mine were impacted, and I have an abnormally small jaw, so it was a difficult removal.

6 days is probably more than enough time to be functional, to be honest.
[User Picture]From: iguanasdefuego
2013-01-06 02:59 pm (UTC)

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I had mine out January 13th of last year. I had them out on a Friday and I was back at work on Tuesday. That being said, I was grumpy and had a hard time focusing- I wasn't really on my A game. I had some difficulties dealing with situations with my students because I couldn't take my pain meds at the right times. I was 23 when I had mine out, which is a bit old, I guess, so it made it more painful than if I were, say, 15.
That being said, I did go to work 4 days after surgery and I was okay, just a bit out of sorts. My biggest problem, really, was that I was hungry because I couldn't eat a lot of foods and the foods I could eat took a long time to eat, which I didn't really have, given my 20 minute lunch.
[User Picture]From: semi_sweet
2013-01-07 12:54 am (UTC)

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I had mine out Thursday and was back to work Monday. I had 5 surgically removed. My face didn't swell at all, because I iced religiously, like 10 minutes on and 10 off, for hours. It worked great. Very little pain, but by the last day I switched to tylenol from the rx painkillers as they were giving me a headache.

just make sure you follow the instructions about what you can eat/drink, and you should be fine. good luck!