| | New Dentist, Pulled Wisdom Tooth, and No Instructions for Care
I had one fully erupted wisdom tooth (that was causing no problems in and of itself) pulled today. My new dentist pulled the upper right. It was supposedly causing a problem for the lower right.
I think the lower right wisdom tooth - which is only partially erupted - is infected... But my dentist said it is not infected and that the pain was from the lower right continuing to erupt, and, consequently, I was biting the heck out of my sore, swollen cheek with the upper right tooth. How this was causing pain in my jaw and throat and glands in my neck, I cannot figure out. The pain was so severe that after only two days, it no longer responded to 600mg of Ibuprofin from a simple swollen cheek, mind you.
The dentist's first piece of advice was to pull the lower right, whose root is all twisted (I forget what that's called), and it could have taken a LONG time to extract and to recover. Since my schedule won't allow for a prolonged recovery until December, I asked what other options I had.
He said, live with the pain and weak pain medication until my schedule permits me to have all four removed or have the top one pulled.
I opted for the quick and easy way out. It came out in 30 seconds. My dentist said I would not need any pain medication for it besides tylenol or ibuprofin. But he gave me tylenol with codeine to be taken every four hours for the pain in my jaw, cheek, and neck until it heals.
It has been 2 1/2 hours since I took my first dose and I want another. I did not receive any instructions on care of these wounds (hopefully and oversite by the receptionist). I do not know what I can eat, when to change the gause, how long I will bleed, WHEN WILL I STOP HURTING!!! Now the dentist's office is closed. Does anyone have any advice???