fooking wisdom teeth

#1
hey all, any advice on wisdom teeth? mine are killing me at the moment, and i'm not particulaly fond of the dentist! tried some pain killers which take the edge off it, put i'm still in agony! couple of people have suggested oil of cloves but i can't seem to find it anywhere!
cheers for any advice
 
#2
IA Try "Boots" the chemist for a quick easing of pain.

Having just got rid of one I would recommend the dentist option - extraction. They will no doubt offer other solutions especially if you are a private patient. Most of which will cost the earth.

Bite the bullet and see the fang farrier- get rid!!
 
#3
My impacted wisdom teeth gave me hell for years. RNH HASLAR relieved me of them in '88 and I've had no problems since. My NHS dentist (endangered species) tut tuts every time I have my check-up, though.
 
#4
Passed-over_Loggie said:
My impacted wisdom teeth gave me hell for years. RNH HASLAR relieved me of them in '88 and I've had no problems since. My NHS dentist (endangered species) tut tuts every time I have my check-up, though.
out of interest, i have an impacted wisdom tooth that is slowly falling to bits and needs removing. does this get done at hospital or at the dentist?

i ask because it will cost me the earth if i get the dentist to do it, rather than done for free if the hospital must do it? must i be reffered by a dentist or can i go to doctor and say "eh up yoooth, me tooth's hurting" and be reffered to hospital?

anyone know the score?
 
#5
Cut the tongue out of an old boot and bite hard. The pain is excruciating, but the relief afterwards....

Also releases some interesting flavours.

Oil of cloves can be got from any chemist. It's a small bottle, the contents sting like hell and have a nauseating smell. The flavour's not pleasant either. Not advised in advance of a night on the pull and the effectiveness only comes after the iniial sting wears off. A bit like the boot tongue remedy, really.
 
#6
ArmySurplusSpecial said:
Passed-over_Loggie said:
My impacted wisdom teeth gave me hell for years. RNH HASLAR relieved me of them in '88 and I've had no problems since. My NHS dentist (endangered species) tut tuts every time I have my check-up, though.
out of interest, i have an impacted wisdom tooth that is slowly falling to bits and needs removing. does this get done at hospital or at the dentist?

i ask because it will cost me the earth if i get the dentist to do it, rather than done for free if the hospital must do it? must i be reffered by a dentist or can i go to doctor and say "eh up yoooth, me tooth's hurting" and be reffered to hospital?

anyone know the score?
This happened to my brother. His dentist had a go at removing it, but because of the long roots, ballsed it up. He ended up having to go to hospital and having the bits removed under general anaesthetic. A lot of dentists recommend the direct route to reduce pain and save their reputations.
 
#7
I can't speak for anyone else, but when i had 2 wisdom teeth removed, they were done under a general anaesthetic in hospital. My dentist said that this was because they couldn't give general anaesthetic like many other dentists apparently.

I would suggest going to your dentist and seeing if they will refer you onto the hospital.
 
#9
bossyboots said:
I can't speak for anyone else, but when i had 2 wisdom teeth removed, they were done under a general anaesthetic in hospital. My dentist said that this was because they couldn't give general anaesthetic like many other dentists apparently.

I would suggest going to your dentist and seeing if they will refer you onto the hospital.
did you pay for it tho? or do i have to go to poland and pay on the cheap!! :wink:
 
#10
No, it was free on the NHS. The only thing i had to pay for was my initial dentist visit.
 
#11
chewing on a boot or visit to the dentist............ mmm tough one

anyone got an old boot?

cheers for the advice all
 
#12
For short term relief try Bonjela rubbed onto the gums as close to the iffy tooth as possible. As I recall it, a wisdom tooth I had removed at a private dental practice a couple of years ago didn’t require a second mortgage; it was done under minimal local anaesthetic, was a reasonably swift procedure and despite protest from the tooth didn’t quite require the dentist to kneel on my chest heaving on the pliers! Healed pretty quick too. A tip for free though – don’t attempt to eat crisps for a while! 8O
 
#13
On a similar note I've heard a lot get knocked back from being mobilised for problems with the teeth. Anyone with first hand experience like to comment?
 
#14
stroker said:
On a similar note I've heard a lot get knocked back from being mobilised for problems with the teeth. Anyone with first hand experience like to comment?
Yes, dodgy teeth can be a knock-back. They don't like cavities and so on. Having said that, I'd just had a tooth extracted and the gum became infected (pus everywhere) - Army dentist seemed quite happy with that, strangely enough.
 
#15
Banshee09, are you still serving? In my day you had to have a regular checkup every 6 months or so. Used to appear on part two orders. I had 2 of mine removed by a right b*gger at the old barracks in Winchester. However, saying that, there used to be some smashing hygienists every now and and again in a little building at the bottom of Barton Stacey camp! Has that world disappeared now with all the rest of the Army Medical services?
 
#16
cheers, my teeth are fine according to my dentist, but with two partially erupted but unmoving wisdom teeth i don't want to pitch up and get fo'd at the high port over something so daft.
 

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#17
Impacted wisdom teeth; the thinking may have changed as I have been out of the game for a few years but the basics are something like this.

Oil of cloves is a good short term reliever of pain associated with exposed nerves in that it acts directly on the nerve. It will have limited or little effect on pain caused by teeth exerting pressure on each other. For this in the short term something like ibuprofen or codeine is a good bet.

Extraction of wisdom teeth can be very tricky, very straightforward and every stage in between. Wisdom teeth are like the appendix; they are an evolutionary hangover in that we don’t need them and the reason that they get impacted is that whilst not everyone even has them they grow in a pair of jaws that have evolved to be too small for 16 teeth per set, hence they sometimes grow in the wrong direction and push against other teeth.

The only treatment for them in the medium term is extraction. Extraction of most wisdom teeth is very straight forward as they often have small deformed roots and whilst you can’t pull the teeth out with your bare hands it does not take much more pressure in some cases. The fastest I have seen a set of 4 wisdom teeth removed was just under 1 minute under local anaesthetic.

In my case the teeth were impacted and the roots sufficiently twisted that they were done in the CMH under general anaesthetic. It involved an overnight stay in hospital, no pain, no pain killers were needed and a week on sick leave spent in the pubs of Yorkshire.

Whilst many believe they should not be removed unless necessary in many cases it is absolutely necessary to remove them to stop intense pain and discomfort.
 
#18
If you don't like your dentist, change to a younger prettier model. I find it gives me something interesting to look at and quite takes my mind off what she is doing (if you'll kindly pardon the expression).

Get the wisdom teeth dealt with, sooner rather than later, it saves pain in the long run. When I had a particularly bad one out about 30 years ago I was given some little white pills and told I could take one when I needed to, but that I had to let at least 4 hours pass between pills. They were great, no pain, I was really happy, floating on air, no problems, no discomfort. I stopped taking them after about a day.

When I went back a week later to have the stitches out I said to the dentist, "What were they?"

No doubt you have guessed.

"Morphine." she replied. Probably explains why I was only given ten of the things.

Incredible stuff.

There's no need to suffer with wisdom teeth. Don't delay, having wisdom teeth extracted does not extract your wisdom at the same time, so get on with it.
 
#19
thx lads, growler no i'm not in

i'm gonna have to bite the bullet here aren't i!!!

dammit, although i like the idea of switching to a younger model
 
#20
Banshee, my missus had all of her wisdom teeth out under LOCAL aneasthesia, she thought because she was preggers ( all my own work ) she'd have to wait but no the army mentalist whipped them all out in a jiffy, unlike the sprog who took two days to appear.


Believe me the pain of a deep root absess and gum infection is a damn site worse than a few shots of novacaine and you won't feel the dentist having a tug at all



Until the novacaine wears off of course
 

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