Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
D-Day is approaching quickly ! In just 2 days I'll be getting E I G H T teeth extracted;
- 4 premolars (two upper, two lower)
- 2 impacted wisdom teeth (lower)
- 2 wisdom teeth (upper)
I get mixed reactions when I tell people. Most people automatically get this look of horror on their face.
wimpy as I'm acting- at my core I know I'm damn strong!
I KNOW I want a beautiful straight smile
I KNOW I want to avoid future issues due to the impacted wisdom teeth
I KNOW all the work that has already gone into working towards this goal
I KNOW how much money I've already invested in my teeth and this process
I KNOW how happy I'll be when my teeth are straight and the braces are off
I KNOW how long I've wanted thisso . . .
I KNOW that I need to get 4 premolars & 4 wisdom teeth extracted in 2 days
Time to "man up", quit the belly aching and deal with it. period.
So, that's what I'm doing. I'm dealing with it. My way of dealing with it is researching it to death in an attempt to resolve each of my fears. Having an idea of what I'm in for helps & knowing what to do about the pain, swelling, bleeding makes me feel much more confident. I've also realized that this is about so much more than just getting some teeth pulled. I can't recall the last time I was afraid like this. Like I said before, I'm a strong person and pretty tough too. I'm actually surprised at myself for being such a scaredy cat. It's definitely a real life case of "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway". Have you read that book? Susan Jeffers wrote it. I got through 75%+ of it when I read it several years ago. It's pretty good, if the self help type stuff suits you. In the end it got repetitive like most self help books do - hence my only getting through about 75% of it. Anyway, Susan Jeffers tells readers the...
Five Truths about Fear
Truth 1. The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
Truth 2. The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it.
Truth 3. The only way to feel better about myself is to go out… and do it.
Truth 4. Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, but so is everyone else.
Truth 5. Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.
~ Susan Jeffers from Feel The Fear... And Do it Anyway
Wow, did I ramble! I can't leave you without sharing some of the info. I found in my hours of research. Here are just a few of the better resources that I found;
Archwired - Getting Teeth Extracted for Braces
- "Fast forward 10 years. Here I am, at age 43 in braces, with a near-perfect smile, which was only achieved by -- you guessed it -- extracting 4 second bicuspids. Boy, do I wish I'd had this done 10 years ago. Now I feel really silly for being so scared and waiting so long."
- "When orthodontic treatment is performed for a patient the dentist is trying to perfect the alignment of the patient's teeth but they can only do so within the confines of the size of the person's jaws. Especially in those cases where a large discrepancy exists between the size of the patient's jaws and the needed space required for the improved alignment of their teeth, some strategically located teeth may need to be extracted."
- "bite on a moist black tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea has been shown to reduce bleeding and assist with clotting."
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed? (Disclaimer: I am the type of person who likes to understand what procedures involve, if you do not then this may be too graphic for you)
- Any swelling that does occur can be kept to a minimum by placing ice on your face in the area where the extraction has taken place. Position the ice on your face for 10 minutes, and then leave it off for the next 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle as you feel is necessary for up to 24 hours after the extraction.
- The principle associated with the above technique is as follows. The cold environment created by the ice pack causes the blood vessels in the region to constrict (become narrower). Due to this constricted state, the blood vessels won't be able to transport in as great a quantity of swelling-causing fluids. As a result, during that time frame when your body creates swelling (the first 24 hours after your tooth extraction), a lesser amount of swelling will form.
- DO NOT USE sipping STRAWS for about a week. The pressure change in your mouth can cause clots to become loose or dislodged. Clots are important in the healing process. A dislodged clot can often lead to a "dry socket" (exposed bone and nerve endings) which can be extremely painful.
- Don't use aspirin, as this may cause excessive bleeding at the extraction site.
People always make the wolf more formidable than he is.