Wisdom Teeth: Running the numbers

Three – the number of wisdom teeth I had removed.
One – the number of dry sockets I developed after the surgery.
One – the number of pieces of teeth that were accidentally left in my gums.
Three – the number of tests I have to go through for the heart complications I had during the surgery.
Four – the number of times I went to my oral surgeon’s office in a one week time period.
Three – the number of times I had to have my dry socket packed with medicated gauze.
Two – the number of syringes I had to use to take care of my dry socket.
763 – the amount of cookies I baked for my brother’s wedding in the same one week time period that I got diagnosed with a dry socket.

Last week was a really rough week!

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I had my wisdom teeth removed on Friday (the 12th of July), and was still in pain by Tuesday. I went back to my oral surgeon’s office and found out that I had developed a dry socket and still had a piece of tooth in my gums.

A socket is the hole in the bone where a tooth has been removed. After a tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket to protect the bone and nerves underneath. Sometimes that clot can become dislodged or dissolve a couple of days after the extraction. That leaves the bone and nerve exposed to air, food, fluid, and anything else that enters the mouth. This can lead to infection and severe pain that can last for 5 or 6 days. (source: webmd.com)

When I arrived at the oral surgeon’s on Tuesday, the dental assistant said “Oh, you still have some tooth left in your socket… that’s weird. Let me pull that out.” So she did. Without numbing me.

Then I had to have my dry socket “packed” to prevent my jaw bone and nerves from being exposed to air, food, etc. The dental assistant placed medicated gauze into the socket. The worst part? She used a pointy dental scraper to push the gauze in.

I cried and cried and cried and cried and cried. It hurt so bad.Β 

I had to have the gauze removed and repacked the following two days. Oh, the pain. After three days of the gauze, I was then given two syringes. One to fill with warm water to flush out my socket after eating, and one filled with dental paste to fill the socket whenever I felt pain.

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Last week pretty much consisted of me crying, visiting the oral surgeon’s office, visiting my regular doctor’s office (for the heart problems during the surgery) and baking like crazy.

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My brother’s wedding is on Saturday, and I’m baking all of the cookies for the reception. 1,000 cookies to be exact.

Though it seems like baking during the time I had a dry socket (well, I technically still have one…) would be awful, it was actually a nice distraction because IΒ adoreΒ baking.

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Honestly, last week is a complete blur to me. I’m just getting back into “real life” again. I went to the gym for the first time in almost two weeks yesterday, and I’m (happily) starting to eat crunchy foods, too. Generally, I’m feeling a lot more like “me.”

I’m not 100% yet, as my mouth is sore (I still have a dry socket) and I have some heart issues to sort out, but I’m feeling worlds better.

I really depended on God, my amazing family, friends, and Jimmy last week. And my pets. And watching Sharknado made me laugh… but laughing kinda hurts…

Anyways, I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated as I continue to heal!

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25 comments

  1. I hope you keep healing well! I know how frustrating it is to have complications after a surgery and becoming a regular in a doctor’s office. Thankfully, things are looking up for you! And I definitely love to bake when I need to keep my mind off of things. It’s just relaxing and almost therapeutic.

  2. Ughhh wisdom teeth are so frustrating! Mine were in my sinus cavities, making it a complicated removal. I am glad you have baking as a distraction! Wedding cookies are the best πŸ™‚

  3. Your cookies look beautiful. I feel for you! I had mine out in college and had terrible dry sockets because the oral surgeon didn’t give me the irrigator like he was supposed to give me. I went back to ask why I wasn’t healing and why it hurt so much, and he asked me why I hadn’t been using my irrigator. “Uh, my what?” Yeah. He felt horrible. I did it over Thanksgiving break, too, and when I went back to college that Monday, I got diagnosed with mono (I had been playing rugby all fall with mono, had no idea… whoops…) but didn’t have time to really rest up until Christmas break. Anyway, I feel for you! I hope you get to feeling better. I’d imagine it’s hard for someone as busy and focused as you to “enjoy” so much time laying around and resting, but remember that it’s valuable, too, and you’ll get back to the swing of things soon. Based on the cookies, I’d say you’ve already gotten there!

  4. AHH THIS IS AWFUL! I am sooo sorry your surgery didn’t go as smooth as hoped for! I can’t believe you baked that many cookies on top of going through that pain, you are one tough chick!! I am praying for you and your mouth! AND congrats to your brother for next weekend.

  5. The cookies look amazing and I bet the hardest part of baking when you were down and out with the surgery was not being able to chow down on the cookies. Congratulations to your brother, and hopefully you’ll be fully recovered in time for the wedding.

    It sounds like you should fire your oral surgeon… no lie. They shouldn’t just not sedate someone and go into their mouth and fill sockets! I don’t know much about wisdom teeth or oral surgery but really, you think they would have the knowledge by now to make people comfortable bc that’s something a lot of people are scared of and that obviously hurts. Will be thinking of you as you recover and also with the heart issue that happened, not sure what’s up but I’m glad you saw the doc and are taking care of it. At least it was found during the surgery rather than something bad happening when you were working out or maybe alone or something?

  6. The wedding is Saturday?! I bet you are excited! I bet you will be excited when it is over too! Ha stress relief! I want to hear all about the cookies πŸ™‚

  7. Bless your sweet heart!!!! That sounds like the most awful week. I’m so glad that you had such a wonderful support system to help you out. (Love the pic of you on the couch with the frozen veggies and the pup keeping you company.) Also, I’m really glad to hear that the heart problems were sorted out.

    Fingers crossed that you continue to feel better and better each day. And here’s to a happy wedding this Saturday!

  8. jesus! I had a very similar experience so I totally understand. I spent three weeks out of commission only able to eat baby food because of a dry socket and a mistake in the four I got removed. the worst. hang in there lady

  9. Oh girl, I feel your pain. I had dry socket with two of my four wisdom teeth that were pulled and it was so awful. It WILL heal, though! Really! Trust me. Hopefully you will be feeling much better very soon! And hey, way to bake all those cookies! That’s super impressive!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that it will actually heal. How long will it take until the sockets close up?! I feel like my holes are still gaping and not getting any smaller. Ugh haha.

  10. Awww Allie! I was feeling your pain while reading this. I didn’t have a dry socket when I had my wisdom teeth pulled, but man, oh man I can only imagine…

    Hope you feel better, and that you can eat those delicious cookies you baked for the wedding πŸ˜€

  11. OMG!!! you are a trooper. I’d be a big baby and wish for death. You are a stronger woman than me, that’s for sure. I am amazed that you cooked all those cookies being miserable. You have a lucky brother.

  12. Oh no, I’m so sorry you’re not feeling too great! 😦 But glad to hear things are getting a bit better!
    Honestly, this kind of scared me because my dentist recently told me that I need to work on getting my wisdom teeth out. It sounds so painful! But I guess it’s not like I wouldn’t live through it, and in the end, my mouth would be appreciative! It’ll just be the short term… haha.
    Good for you for still making the cookies! Cookies make everything better πŸ˜‰

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