(Original Post: Oct. 1st, 2016)
So yesterday I had a wisdom tooth removed, and because I had an interest in seeing more of how the operation is performed, I opted for local anesthesia rather than the fun stuff.
So here is my... uhh, I guess review of having a wisdom tooth removed. More or less, it's things I inspected and noticed about the operation.
1. The Hardest/Most Painful Part: Was not having the tooth itself removed, although despite being anesthetized that hurt too. The most painful part was the administration of the anesthesia. They injected 3 dosages in separate places, with 3 different needles. The first one didn't hurt that much. However, they didn't wait for it to begin taking effect before they administered the other, so the second and third hurt more, with the third one hurting the worst. The needles went almost down to my jaw, so you could see why they were so painful.
2. In Between Extraction and Anesthetization : I waited roughly 10 minutes between performing the operation and having the 3 needles'o'death plunged into my mouth for the anesthetic to take effect. They offered me some gas to numb the pain further, but I refused.
3: Extraction: The extraction itself isn't all that hard, just a little bit scary. I was having an impacted wisdom tooth removed from the bottom of my mouth, so it was routed into my jaw. That means that you can hear everything the surgeon is doing in there clearly. The actual extraction took about 30 seconds, and was blatantly just a scalpel to remove excess gum, and some sort of... other... thing, to extract it. Which, the extraction was just them prying it out of the mouth. Forcefully. It sounded like they were mugging my tooth lol, but the operation was over in 30 seconds. After that I had to wear gauze in my mouth for roughly 2 hours. It would have been less, but I was talking alot because of work.
4: The Anesthesia Itself: I opted for local anesthetic in order to even have been able to type this, so I was clearly awake for the whole operation and the whole day I had ahead of it (it was performed very early in the morning). The anesthetic, because of blood-flow, spread through my face and gradually became less numb throughout my body. My left cheek was the first to stop being affected by the medication in about an hour, and my bottom teeth and left (specifically, left) side of my tongue were the last to regain feeling, in about 3 hours. I noticed, externally at least, that the medication had the strongest effect on the left side of my chin. I noticed this almost 2 hours in, when the medication was the most potent it had been in the areas that were still under effect, and actually LOL'd scratching my chin with my fingers and not being able to feel a thing.
5: After Surgery: I'm still recovering now, but I have to say it's not as bad as the pains I would occasionally get from the tooth itself cutting my gums. I'm extremely sore today, but less like a cut and more like a bruise, where as opposed to yesterday, when I could feel the stinging sensations of fresh cuts. A blood clot has formed and I'm not to eat anything majorly hard or chewy. Not to spit, or drink from a straw, and not to spar for at least 72 hours. I'm still going to be exercising, don't get me wrong, but I can't risk taking a shot to the head.
So, in conclusion, although it was a tad painful of a process, it's not the worst pain you can ever feel, it's extremely quick, and so far it appears to have been a good decision for the long run. I do recommend removing excess teeth in the future.
I also recommend opting for local anesthetic as opposed to general for a multitude of reasons.
A, it's quicker to get in and out of the surgeon. B, you're basically good to drive right after, although I still suggest having a ride. C, it costs a lot less. D, you don't have to fast beforehand. I fasted anyways in the case of complications and I for some reason needed IV or gas (which I would advise doing as well; the not eating part I mean lol).
Anyways, I'm not a doctor or anything, but those were my thoughts as a patient. Good surgery. Of course, it's bound to take longer if your tooth is more fucked up than mine was, because I was pretty lucky with the impacted wisdom. k, bye.
Edited Dec. 25th, 2016, for grammatical errors.