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The Loss of Wisdom

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WARNING! The drivel you are about to read is completely, totally, 100% NOT coding related. It is only me whining because I can. Continue at your own risk.


I am off work today. It's a vacation day/sick day/personal day thing.

I had an appointment at 8:00 this morning.

With the Dentist of Doom.

Last winter, he extracted three of my wisdom teeth, but I was still holding on to the fourth; clinging in desperation to that last little piece of dental proof of adulthood, that last fragment of a pubescent status symbol, the last remaining product of years of gum-tearing pain.

Last week, while chomping a Tootsie Pop, the unthinkable happened. That last, solitary wisdom tooth cracked. A piece fell out. And the jagged edge that remained cut my cheek and tongue to shreds.

Today was the first available appointment with my dentist. Who rocks. His tagline is "Specializing in 'Gentle Dentistry'". This means he caters to giant babies like myself. When he's finished with the numbing, not only does the patient not feel the extraction, but for six hours after, they will also not be able to feel their tongue, cheek, neck, chin, ear, or nostrils. And sometimes, if he gets overzealous, you won't be able to open your eye until the Novocaine wears off.

So I went this morning. And twenty minutes later, my wisdom was gone. All of it... replaced by a gaping gum hole, a temporary inability to partake in the consumption of solid foods and a momentary stroke victim-esque facial droop.

I was offered my choice of ibuprofen, tylenol with codeine, vicodin or percocet to bring home for the pain. And while I could make a killing on the narcotics given their current street value, I opted for ibuprofen... lots and lots of ibuprofen.

And now, I'm going to give myself a dose of AdvilPM and sleep until I can feel my right ear again.

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moopet Icon

20 January 2011 - 08:45 AM
Dentists are scary. Glad it went ok and you didn't die or anything.
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macosxnerd101 Icon

20 January 2011 - 08:52 AM
Could be worse. I had two oral surgeries. My first I had four wisdom teeth removed, and my top two canines exposed. I subsisted on applesauce, soup, and ice cream for about three days until I could eat doughnuts. The second was to have two more teeth removed.

Anyways, glad everything went well. :)
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Sethro117 Icon

20 January 2011 - 10:05 AM
I havent gotten my wisdom teeth yet :( Im 21... I'm still wise though.
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skyhawk133 Icon

20 January 2011 - 04:09 PM
28. Still have all 4 and the dentist tells me to get them out every time I go. I'm such a wuss though :(
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Nykc Icon

20 January 2011 - 08:11 PM
33 still have all 4 of mine and no the dentist can't have them.
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xTorvos Icon

20 January 2011 - 08:13 PM
Chris, the longer you wait, the worse it will be. No joke!
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BenignDesign Icon

20 January 2011 - 08:29 PM
@Chris - Mine grew in at an angle where they formed sort of a \_ shape with my molar. Because of this, they were literally impossible to clean properly - the dentist himself said he couldn't clean them properly. And he told me YEARS ago I needed to have them removed, but being the giant chicken that I am, I kept putting it off until finally, his premonition became reality and the portions that couldn't be adequately cleaned started to develop cavities. One of them crumbled when he tried to pull it and ended up having to do a surgical extraction. You REALLY don't want to deal with a surgical extraction. If your dentist says you need them out, man up and get them out. You'll be glad you did.
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no2pencil Icon

21 January 2011 - 06:41 AM
I had my Wisdom teeth out when I was 17. Though I do still have them. They are in pieces, in a jar somewhere. When I requested to the dentist that I be able to keep them, he seemed put off by it, & told me obviously not. To which I replied, well, the way I see it, they are in fact my teeth & currently a part of my body. You are being paid (quiet generously) to simply remove them from my body, but they are in fact still mine. Give'em.

Hopefully I never have to have a limb amputated.
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Brewer Icon

21 January 2011 - 09:36 AM
Well, this was entertaining to read!
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badjava Icon

03 February 2011 - 11:54 AM

no2pencil, on 21 January 2011 - 08:41 AM, said:

I had my Wisdom teeth out when I was 17. Though I do still have them. They are in pieces, in a jar somewhere. When I requested to the dentist that I be able to keep them, he seemed put off by it, & told me obviously not. To which I replied, well, the way I see it, they are in fact my teeth & currently a part of my body. You are being paid (quiet generously) to simply remove them from my body, but they are in fact still mine. Give'em.

Hopefully I never have to have a limb amputated.


When your medical professionals are nervous...you may be a scary individual :P
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