So I went to meet the oral surgeon today. He is really nice, I am really confused about what to do tough. He asked me if they have been giving me any problems so I told him what has been going on (headache, neck ache, sore & stiff jaw, ear ache, etc) and he asked me if I have been checked for TMJ. I said no but I thought about it. So he did a quick exam of the joints and there was discomfort when he checked them. I don't have any pain around the gum area where my wisdom teeth are He said getting my wisdom teeth out wont fix anything if the pain is TMJ related
Xrays. My bottom wisdom teeth are partly impacted in bone and very close to the main nerve that runs along the jaw so there is a chance (1%) that removing the teeth could injure the nerve. My top wisdom teeth are bone impacted and he said they have very bulky roots that are very close to my sinuses and there is a chance that removing the teeth could injure my sinuses so I wouldn't be able to blow my nose for 3 weeks. it will take 1 hour and 30 minutes to get the teeth out!
I would be completely sedated too. He doesn't do the extraction in a regular looking dental office either. He has those rooms but the extraction room is just like hospital operating room. Now that FREAKED ME OUT.
So he suggested that I get my dentist to make me a splint to wear at night for the grinding and to consider what I want to do about the wisdom teeth. He said it would be a longer recovery than most so I dont know if I should do it soon and risk still being in a recovery stage in July for my wedding (I cant get the teeth out until April at the earliest) or waiting and risk something happening and needing them out a lot closer to the date and totally ruining the wedding or there is a chance as well that nothing could happen for months (or years) but you know me, I love to expect the worst! *sigh* I will definitely be seeing my dentist about the TMJ problem. I'm not scared of that. What to do about the wisdoms?
Has anyone here had their wisdoms taken out with general anaesthesia? Will they have to put a breathing tube down my throat?