Last week, I blogged about my toothache caused by an impacted wisdom tooth. I made an appointment for yesterday to have a consultation with an oral surgeon I found on Yelp, assuming he’d just take a x-ray and discuss my different options with me, then ask me to come back in a week, but he had an opening yesterday so it was all taken care of in one day. Having my tooth pulled was honestly less painful than having my cavity drilled and filled. The doctor was friendly to the point of making me feel like we’d known each other for years, didn’t even accidentally hurt me, and his gloves taste like bubblegum. I’m happy to say having a tooth pulled for the first time was actually a pleasant experience.
Everyone in the office was so friendly, it really helped calm me down and actually made the appointment kind of fun. The dental assistant took an x-ray, then the doctor came in to explain there was a problem. Apparently the pain wasn’t from the wisdom tooth pushing against the molar, the pain was coming from the molar itself. This was actually the molar I’d just had filled with silver in January, I’d waited too long to have the wisdom tooth removed so it did some damage to the molar. Filling the cavity had been necessary because the pain was waking me every four hours, but it still sucks I went through all that only to end up losing the tooth anyway. Since the molar was damaged and the wisdom tooth was sideways, the doctor said both would need to be pulled. I asked if it’d be possible to just pull the molar and then see if the wisdom tooth finishes growing in with the extra room, I wouldn’t mind having a crooked one as long as my face finally stopped hurting. He agreed that’s a good idea. I really did not want him cutting into my gums to extract the wisdom tooth, the idea of losing the molar didn’t bother me as much and maybe the wisdom tooth will actually grow in its place.
It turned out he had an opening after his next appointment, so I told Mom what was going on and sat back down in the waiting room to watch television until it was time. I almost wish it’d been another hour away so I could say my appointment was at Tooth Hurty (2:30), but it was closer to 1pm. It’s now a little over 24 hours since I had the procedure and the only pain I’m feeling is the hinge of my jaw is bruised from having it propped so wide, which of course is completely normal. My gums haven’t hurt at all since the extraction.
This really was my first time getting a tooth pulled, I’d never needed dental surgery. I’ve never even had braces. He numbed the entire gum area, so I was awake for it and I spent the entire time anticipating pain. There was none. I could feel everything he was doing, but at the same time, I couldn’t feel anything. Just pressure, no discomfort. I didn’t even feel any pain when the tooth broke off from one of the roots. There was absolutely no pain during the surgery at all, and I didn’t start feeling some mild discomfort until 11:30pm, 10 hours after the tooth was pulled, and even that was only the bruising from having my jaw propped open. I hope I never need another tooth pulled, but if I ever do or if I want to get an implant for my lost pirate tooth, I will absolutely go back to that office.
If you live in Los Angeles and need an oral surgeon, I recommend going to the Etessami brothers. Hiri was my doctor.