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Old 07-03-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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Wisdom teeth, question about anaesthesia

I was recently appointed to have my wisdom teeth to be taken out via local anaesthesia. I have a couple of concerns with it. All my friends and family have went through general anaesthesia. My teeth are impacted (according to the dental specialist, and just by the feel of them, they are indeed under the gum line) and from the various research that I have done, it is most recommended to be put under with general anaesthesia when the teeth are in this state. However I was assigned to go through local? And when my father called the dental group they had notified him that my teeth are not impacted? Yet the dental specialist that I had visited from the same dental place said they were? I am so confused I have no idea what to do. I really do not want to be awake while they are cutting open my gums. It also costs 500 more dollars to go through general. Help and advice please

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Old 07-04-2006, 05:51 AM   #2
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Re: Wisdom teeth, question about anaesthesia

It's kind of easy to look at your x-ray and see the teeth. Are they just under the gum (unerupted)? Are they laying down horizontally (bony impaction)?

Local anesthesia will be all you need if an incision is made to allow your dentist to use the needed instruments to lift your tooth out.

How old are you?

Old 07-04-2006, 10:10 AM   #3
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Re: Wisdom teeth, question about anaesthesia

Hi Metal4you,

I had my bottom wisdom tooth taken out with only novaicane and it wasn't pleasant, but mine was impacted in the bone. I am not sure exactly how it works but if your tooth is under the gum but not impacted in the bone, you will probably be fine with local. Because I have had gum surgery with just novaicane and I was fine. But if it is in the bone, those are quite difficult to get out, you should ask your dentist why he doesn't think that you need general.

But for my top teeth they were slightly out and the dentist gave me novaicane and pulled them out in three seconds. It didn't hurt, I didn't swell afterwards and it was quite uneventful.

You should talk to the dentist again about your concerns and maybe ask to see your xrays, so that you can see for yourself whether your teeth are impacted or not. Best of luck to you

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