Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom Teeth?
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Tue, 08-06-2013 - 5:26pm

I took my 14 yo to the dentist today b/c he was having some pain on the right side of his mouth and to our surprise, you could very clearly see all 4 of his wisdom teeth, fully formed on the x-ray, and trying to break through at a weird angle. I can't remember the exact age that I had to get mine removed but I know it was much older than 14. DH said he was 19 when his were removed. 

Well, at least he gets it over with early! The dentist said that the earlier you have it done, the easier the recovery is b/c the roots haven't had a long to grow. I hope he's right. 

Wow, I just read that scientists have discovered that stem cells can be harvested from wisdom teeth! How cool is that? But oh man, the cost! The place I just looked into showed these prices:  

20 - Year Prepaid Storage OptionEnrollment and processing fee$ 630.00*20 years of service (25%  discount a $600 savings)$ 1800.00 20-Year Total$ 2430.00 


http://www.stemsave.com/price-storage-plans.aspx

That's a tough decision! 

Have any of your middle or high schoolers had to deal with wisom teeth yet?

Lisa 

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Wed, 08-14-2013 - 12:16pm

Hmmm...I guess he is early to have them taken out at age 14...no one else has gone through this yet with their kids?

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Sun, 08-18-2013 - 8:08pm

Hey, Lisa, we're in the same boat with our 16 year old. We just found out he needs his out ASAP. He is 2 years early, so not as early as your son, but I wonder if this is due to something in their diet or environment?

In any case, the dentist told us that earlier is better when it comes to wisdom teeth, and he gave our son a choice of having them done with nitrous oxide and novocaine or going to an oral surgeon for IV sedation. I'm going to have to do a little research before choosing, although he said he would prefer the happy gas.

DD 18 also needs hers out, but she can wait until she is home from college on Christmas break. She's terrified of happy gas, so is strongly urging us to book her appointment with the oral surgeon.

Did your dentist give you a choice?

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In reply to: lam42
Sun, 08-18-2013 - 10:57pm

My 15 year old has hers out about 2 weeks ago. If we did not get them out thousands off dollars worth of orthodontia would have been for naught. Hers were really badly impacted. DS is 17, his will need to come out next summer Before he heads for college.

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Tue, 08-20-2013 - 4:09pm
I was 19 when I had mine out. My oldest has an extra wisdom tooth, so he'll need 5 extracted at some point!

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Wed, 08-21-2013 - 9:39am

We could not find anyone in this area who was certified yet to do storage for stem cells from wisdom teeth plus we were not seeing a lot of medical uses for them (yet) so we decided against it. (the stem cells, he's still getting them extracted). Maybe in a few years when my youngest needs them out, researchers will have found more uses for wisdom teeth stem cells.

They moved his appointment up to this Saturday which I was little irked about b/c we had planned it to where it would fall over the Labor Day holiday and he wouldn't have had to miss as much school. But he's happy b/c apparently there was some kind of video game contest he wanted to do over the Labor Day Holiday. Smile

Ashmama- I'm pretty sure he's getting the IV sedation AND the nitrous oxide. I know for sure he's going the IV sedation route and I'm almost positive they mentioned him being able to get a little bit of laughing gas as well to help relax him before the IV. I need to double check that, though. Our choices were between "oral sedation" meds and "IV sedation".

Lam42- How did it go for your 15 yo? How long did it take for her to recover? I remember the nurse said that the 3rd day would be the most painful but I can't remember why.

Melisamc- 5 wisdom teeth!! Wow! I've never heard of that happening. Hopefully the recovery is about the same as if there were 4. 

Thanks everyone! I'm glad to know that others have had them taken out earlier in their teen years too.

Lisa 

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Wed, 08-21-2013 - 12:52pm
Lisa, I agree with the nurse. I had mine out at 24 and the next day I was fine, went shopping with my mom, but the 3rd day, I was so much sorer! Usually they give some anti swelling or anti inflammatory medication in the IV along with the sedation so the swelling isn't too bad, but by the 3rd day, the pain of having the teeth actually removed really starts in. If they don't give him a prescription pain medication, or if they do and you prefer not to use it, try dosing with ibuprofen every 4 hours ahead of when he hurts and he should have it a little easier.
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Wed, 08-21-2013 - 9:42pm

The third day was definately the most pain and swelling, the had them out on 8/7 by 8/9 she was at a neighbors for a party, eating the soft foods. She had nitrous oxide and IV sedation. We had a prescription of pain meds which she took for a few days. Went to the oral surgeon for follow up last week and she is doing fine, just has to rinse after every meal.