Apparently, no pain.

As you can probably guess, I survived the operation. The most prevalent feelings now? Thank God I’ll never have to go through that again, followed by the close second, WHEN CAN I OPEN MY MOUTH WIDE ENOUGH TO SHOVE MY FACE AND SINK MY TEETH INTO FOOD INSTEAD OF EATING WITH MY TWO FRONT TEETH LIKE A LITTLE PRISSY RABBIT?

The operation itself was long yet not long, considering that I had three wisdom teeth out and four fillings done all in the same sitting. It took about 2.5 hours, and the most painful thing about it was probably the neck pain I had during the ordeal from tensing up everything from my neck up for the entire time.

The extraction of the wisdom teeth took about half as long as I was expecting them to take, which was a very welcomed surprise. My second favorite part was right at the beginning, where they took the scalpel to my gums, which was followed by a crunch crunch crunch that I can only assume was them cutting through my gums and bone.

My favorite part, however, was the very last tooth extraction, which refused to come out—at which point he actually got up from his chair, stood over me with his fingers in my mouth and pulled. (Or at least, I’m pretty sure that’s what he was doing.) It felt straight out of the movies, and all while he was doing that, I was thinking to myself, okay asshole tooth, I want you out NOW. GET OUT. NOW. GO. GET. SCRAM. COME OUT.

I will now provide you with a picture of the three bloody wisdom teeth I got to take home in a bag, just to complete your mental picture:

My wisdom teeth, extracted

You’re welcome.

After I got out of the dentist chair, I realized how much I love my dentist. I know this isn’t the typical reaction of someone who just had three teeth ripped from their skull, and I can assure you I wasn’t high on any kind of substance (I was awake and very much with it for the entire operation), but this is so important I need to say it again: You need to find a dentist you won’t avoid visiting. You need to find a dentist you like, you trust, and that you’re not suspicious of.

My dentist was amazing. What you don’t know is that I called him up two days before the operation with second thoughts. I was unsure. It was my choice to have them out now (I could have waited until they caused me trouble – but considering that they had nowhere to go but into my other teeth, I opted for the present), but he talked me through the options and reassured me of my choices.

Periodically during the procedure itself, he would talk to me. Then, before beginning the extraction part, he explained that he would go extremely slow, and that if I felt even the slightest of pain I was to tell him, because he didn’t want me to be in pain. That made me feel extremely relieved. I knew he wasn’t working on a clock or trying to rush through anything, and I felt much more relaxed knowing that he didn’t want me to feel pain.

I know that sounds retarded – of course your dentist doesn’t want you to feel pain! But even though you may logically know that, sometimes the brain doesn’t make all the connections. Society infers to us that we should fear the dentist, and that any kind of dental appoint should be dreaded because it will inevitably mean pain. No wonder dentists supposedly have the highest suicide rate of any profession—how would you feel if people dreaded seeing you and associated pain to you even coming close to them?

So. Operation is over. He tells me to sit in the chair and relax for a bit before getting up. Several minutes later, he comes back with a wet cloth. “You look like someone beat you up”, he jokes, wiping a stray splatter of blood from my face. Maybe I have an odd sense of humor, but I found that funny.

I didn’t care if I had blood on my face; it was like war paint to me. I had gone through a war (conquering a fear and living through several firsts, including – first drilling, first needle, first tooth extraction and first stitches) and won. I did this.

Up next: What you get when you combine Chanel, Tylenol 3, X51, time off and food?

  1. Adriel says...

    The picture reminds me of the time I got my mole removed, and how the surgeon gave it to me to keep afterward.

    Yup, good times.

    At 9:39 pm on Sep 6, 2009
  2. sleepyjane says...

    I cringed the whole time I read this. I am sooooo paranoid when it comes to my teeth.

    YAY for you though. Making it through the procedure. ;)

    At 11:21 pm on Sep 6, 2009
  3. Mar says...

    Yay! I’m glad you got it done and that it wasn’t as bad as you expected it to be. I hear the pain is pretty awful for people who wait for the teeth to cause them trouble.

    At 12:17 am on Sep 7, 2009
  4. Morag says...

    I agree with making sure that you should find a dentist you trust. I’ve had the same dentist since I was born and despite having 95% of my baby teeth yanked out (I think only about three came out naturally?) and then braces for almost 3 years, I don’t atually dread the dentist/orthodontist.

    At 1:56 am on Sep 7, 2009
  5. TWD says...

    Y’know, I never got the whole “OMG NOOO DENTIST” thing… I’ve never dreaded it at all. I had 4 molars pulled when I got braces (my mouth was too small) and that wasn’t painful, but I did bleed a ton afterwards.

    Those wisdom teeth look a little on the small side–I guess they don’t grow roots as much as molars do? Mine had like half-inch long roots; they were pretty cool looking.

    Reply: The reason they look small is because they actually aren’t fully grown! My dentist said I could have waited up to 2 years probably before even taking them out.

    I can’t imagine getting 4 molars pulled! It’s good that it wasn’t painful though. :)

    At 6:40 am on Sep 7, 2009
  6. Kaylee says...

    I like my dentist, too. I think the only reason I don’t really enjoy going is that lying down with my mouth open for an hour gets boring. :P

    If I ever have to get my wisdom teeth pulled, I’ll have to add them to my collection of baby teeth.

    I’m glad to hear the operation went well for you!

    At 2:03 pm on Sep 7, 2009
  7. Katy says...

    Omg I have to take 2 more wisdom teeth out in a couple of years too. I had two taken out a couple years ago and it was fine but I’m still hella scared!

    I trust my dentist but I just hate visiting the dentist in general. It’s the most dreaded place for me.

    At 2:11 am on Sep 8, 2009
  8. Meg says...

    I actually have never minded going to the dentist, but I don’t know if I could’ve sat through a wisdom teeth extraction while awake! Everyone I know (including me) got IVs for sleeping through the procedure. The recovery was pretty easy — I didn’t have any problems opening my mouth and there wasn’t any pain until I got a dry socket, but I went to my surgeon again and he easily fixed that. Hopefully you recover quickly and painlessly!

    At 1:31 pm on Sep 8, 2009
  9. Eina says...

    Oh yes, I had four of mine removed this past summer. It was the worse week of my summer because I could not eat and all that. It’s really depressing, especially since I like eating. Haha. Anyways, yes, I believe that one should have a dentist/doctor they trust. It seems like common sense, but it makes life easier.

    Mine was laughing at me because I was humming while in pain. Lol.

    At 6:04 am on Sep 10, 2009
  10. Latrina says...

    I can only hope when I go and get mine pull that it’s not painful either! You are quite lucky, I have heard from so many people that it is awful.. Btw, great picture! lol, I can not believe you actually showed that. :P

    At 6:08 am on Sep 16, 2009
  11. Arielle says...

    That must’ve been some damn good Novocaine.

    At 9:41 am on Sep 20, 2009
  12. Brandy says...

    I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 15. Young, I know, but due to a future jaw operation (2003; age 17), I had no other choice. Granted, I’m glad I had it done so early in life.

    Wish I felt the same about my dentist. I haven’t gone to mine since my last filling in 2005. Eep.

    At 9:48 pm on Sep 21, 2009
  13. Katie says...

    Hi Chanel!

    I’m a TLA student too =). I saw you pictures, their beautiful =D! Great job!

    Have a Great Day!


    At 12:29 pm on Sep 24, 2009
  14. Cecily says...

    It must have been quite painful! Good for you for surviving it!!! Have a great great day!!!

    At 4:42 pm on Sep 26, 2009
  15. Annie says...

    Poor you!! Having three tooth taken can be really painful! Good you survive it! Jajajja!!!

    At 5:38 pm on Sep 26, 2009
  16. Just Jennifer says...

    omg ew!!

    I didn’t get to see my teeth. I had 6 wisdom teeth to get pulled out. The dentist said I was a very special girl :D

    At 10:15 am on Sep 29, 2009