Let’s talk turkey …

… about teeth!

Of course, I’m not talking about turkey teeth, because they don’t have any, so that would be silly.  And I’m hardly ever silly (at least not intentionally).

What I mean is let’s talk frankly about our teeth!  They are so important to us.  We need them to chew, smile pretty and hold our jaws apart!

But sometimes we don’t really appreciate them because they just do their job and aren’t “the sqeaky wheel” so we take them for granted.

I bring up this subject because I had surgery on Friday to remove three of my six wisdom teeth.  And there’s nothing like dental surgery to bring your teeth to the front of your mind and make you appreciate them!

I had just returned from having my three wisdom teeth on the left side removed.  How can you not feel sorry for someone who looks like that?  ‘That’s a clever little ice pack wrapped around my head.  Doesn’t do much for the “do”, does it.

I’ve always known that I had the four routine wisdom teeth (although only partially visible because there wasn’t room for them), plus another one on each side above my upper wisdom teeth.  They are called “buds” because they are small, undeveloped teeth.  And as long as none of these gave me any trouble, I was advised to just leave them alone, because removing them would be more complicated that removing “normal” wisdom teeth.

So when the dentist found some infection by one of my wisdom teeth last week, he sent me to an oral surgeon who said “The time has come.” and removed the three on the left side on Friday.

That’s the reason you haven’t heard from me here for the last few days.  Hubby and I have both been babying me, because my jaw is sore and swollen.  And I have a very busy schedule of pain killers, antibiotics and gargling both salt water and a medicated rinse.

Anyway, I had two points in writing this post.  First, to let you know that I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth — I just haven’t felt like posting.

And, secondly, as a reminder to appreciate your teeth and take good care of them.  Because when you’re 64 and you have to have something major done to your teeth, you’ll be glad for every minute you spent flossing and using an electric toothbrush to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, and that you go to the dentist regularly so that  when there is a problem, it’s found and resolved quickly.

Yesterday (Sunday) was my worst day.  I was the most swollen and sore.  And because the swelling is just on one side, I have to say when I looked in the mirror I didn’t just look like a chipmunk as I had been warned I would, but because I looked lopsided, I looked like an off-kilter, drunken chipmunk!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t even laugh, because it hurt.

But this morning when I got up, the swelling is down as well as the pain and for the first time, I feel like I’m on the mend!  Hooray!

If wisdom teeth were gold, I’d be a wealthy woman.  Especially with what gold is selling for today.

14 Responses to Let’s talk turkey …

  1. Cheryl says:

    GREAT PICTURE!!! MEND quickly!!!! 🙂

  2. Glad to hear you are on the mend! Dental work is not my favorite thing to have done–and I have had plenty! All my extra $ goes to my dentist! V.

  3. Hilary says:

    Poor you. They always say that the third day is the worst.. seems so. I’m glad you’re on the mend now. Thanks for letting us know.

  4. Linda says:

    Oh, I’m so glad to hear that the worst seems to be over. But does this mean you’re going to have to have the three on the other side removed, too? I’m sure you’re not looking forward to that.

  5. C. Beth says:

    Yikes!!! I’m glad you’re on the mend. My sister and I only had 3 wisdom teeth each; I guess you got the extras!

  6. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Cheryl. I KNOW you didn’t laugh when you looked at the picture, because that’s just the kind of friend you are! 🙂

    Vicki — You have my sympathy. Teeth can be such a problem. And, as you said, not MY favorite thing to do either.

    Hilary — I think I’m addicted to blogging. Even when I reallllly didn’t feel like getting on the computer, it would regularly cross my mind and make me sad that I hadn’t been able to post. Addictive, but fun! 🙂

    Linda — I won’t necessarily have the three on the other side out. That’s something I’ll discuss with the surgeon when I go back on Friday. It seems to make sense doesn’t it? I would HATE to have to have them out at 80!

    Beth — You are probably right. Your “lost” teeth have been found — I have them! 🙂

  7. Candy says:

    You are a brave woman….the picture alone! Glad to hear you’ve turned the corner. Hope to see you soon:)
    Candy

  8. Sandra says:

    So you like the picture, Candy? I can get you a print!

    Yes, I have turned the corner, so expect to see you Wednesday. 🙂

  9. Julie says:

    WOW!!!! Sounds so painful Aunt Sandy! Hope you heal quickly and completely! I had a rough recovery when I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth pulled, it included a trip to the ER…. Glad to hear you are starting to feel a little better! Take care… I’m sure Uncle ‘Hubby’ is doing a great job caring for you! 😀

  10. Sandra says:

    Julie — Thank you! Yes, he is a pretty good care giver. But I’m sure he’ll be glad when he doesn’t need to do it as much … hopefully soon! 🙂

  11. Suldog says:

    I empathize when it comes to teeth, believe me. I have four actual teeth remaining in my mouth these days, soon to be gone. Implants all around (and a good job they are, too, so no regrets, but I know what you’re going through, so…)

  12. Mrs4444 says:

    Poor thing! I suppose you’ll be happy for Kendall when I tell you her dentist told her last week that she has NO wisdom teeth!! 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better…

  13. Amy O says:

    Yuck! I hope you are feeling better today and the swelling has gone down.

  14. Sandra says:

    Suldog — I’ve heard of implants but don’t know much about how that works. It sounds like you can have a full set of implants instead of false teeth? That must be great! Both of my parents ended up with full sets of false teeth (of course this was many years ago) and neither one ever really got comfortable with them. It’s nice to know there is a better alternative now!

    Mrs4444 — Please tell Kendall I AM happy for her that she doesn’t have to EVER worry about wisdom teeth. I feel a little about them like I feel about little toes — what’s their point?! 🙂

    Amy — Thank you. I am definitely on the mend — I played in a golf outing yesterday! (First time I put make-up on in three days!)

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