Panorex x-ray, wisdom teeth - fun!

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  1. HopefulMom2012

    HopefulMom2012 New Member

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    My daughter accepted her appointment to USNA and just had her Panorex x-ray taken yesterday for the USNA Dental requirement. We were informed that it would be in her best interest to have her wisdom teeth removed. The bottom two teeth look to be impacted. I am sure that she is just like all the other appointees in that missing a week of school is not at the top of the list. She has all AP classes and is a key runner on the track team and the time off will be tough but I am assuming no where near as tough as missing a week at the Academy. Do we need to have the Panorex x-rays re-taken after her wisdom teeth are removed or should we go ahead and send in the films that were taken yesterday with a note that her wisdom teeth will be removed? Should we have the oral surgeon write a letter to the Academy after the extraction? Do we need to notify DODMERB as well? What is the exact procedure we should follow in the fun-filled wisdom teeth extraction process?
    Thanks for your help! This board is invaluable.
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    She doesn't need to miss a week of school. have them out on a Friday or even Thursday. she will be back Monday. Schedule it right after her last track meet. She will not be running for a week - at least!
    IMO - follow your oral surgeon's advice - but strongly consider having all 4 yanked at once - if she has 4.
     
  3. CC_Candidate

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    What percentage of plebes have to get their wisdom teeth removed? I have an appointment on its way in the mail, but don't have any specifics on this. For some reason, I'm looking forward to oral surgery...
     
  4. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    You will not need to have the panorex retaken. Once the wisdom teeth have been removed, submit all the paperwork to both USNA and to DoDMERB (make sure you get the dentists release to full activities!).

    As for when to get them out? There is no best time to have them taken out, but there are better times than others. You want to make sure that there is enough healing time before I-Day, and include in a little fudge factor in case of an infection, that can increase the healing time by 3 weeks.

    As for the sports, have your daughter take a look at whats really important, possibly missing a weeks practice and a meet, or the academy. She won't miss to much school work, so I really wouldn't worry about that.
     
  5. RetNavyHM

    RetNavyHM USN (RET)

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    Its recommended that your wisdom teeth are removed before they cause any issues. Its not a requirement that they come out prior to going to an academy, but i you have issues during plebe/swab/doolie (I can't remember what WP's is called) summer, you could fall a bit behind.

    Your last sentence is a little disturbing... :biggrin: But each to their own!!
     
  6. HopefulMom2012

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    Thanks so much

    My daughter has an appointment this afternoon with the oral surgeon. We are going to have all 4 wisdom teeth removed as soon as he has an opening. Thanks for all your advice - especially concerning looking at what is really important. We will be sure to follow through on the paperwork submissions. Thanks!!!
     
  7. Just_A_Mom

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    Retnavy - BEAST! It is called Beast at West Point. Officially known as Cadet Basic Training.

    HopefulMom2012 - good move - IMO. Having seen 4 kids though it - good luck. You will survive. Just make sure she follows ALL the instructions!
     
  8. navy_clarinet

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    Having seen half the NAPS battalion go through having their wisdom teeth removed, I have to say that the week it took out of my life in high school is well worth it. Poor guys, they made everyone who has wisdom teeth get them removed while they were here. a lot of missing class if you happened to be scheduled for a monday appointment.

    Also, from someone who waited a little bit to get hers out, I would not recommned waiting. When I get home from NAPS I have to go visit my orthodontist to get a retainer made to help fix the crowdedness of my lower teeth due to my wisdom teeth. Not fun to ruin lots of money worth of braces just to wait until school was out to get my wisdom teeth out. Definitely not worth it.

    If the dentist says get them out, get them out as soon as you can.
     
  9. CC_Candidate

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    "I'm NOT looking forward to oral surgery.." Sorry guys...
     
  10. RetNavyHM

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    OK.. I'm not as worried about you now!! :shake:
     
  11. zfam

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    Thanks for the helpful advice here. Son is scheduled to have his wisdom teeth removed tomorrow morning. All are impacted, in fact he has an extra set of teeth on top. Ouch. (funny, his nickname from birth has always been "shark") I did take the advice to schedule on Thurs, so he misses only 2 days of school, and hopefully he'll be ok to return on Monday.

    Just need some guidelines and assistance as far as submitting paperwork. Do we get a statement or letter from oral surgeon saying surgery was performed, x-rays or pics, etc, and then send that to DodMERB?
    Also, I sent the required panographic & bite-wing x-rays to USCGA already, with a letter stating he was having his wisdom teeth removed. Do I send them a follow-up letter after surgery as well?

    Now I know where the phrase "it was like pulling teeth" comes from! :smile:
    Ugh.
    This board has been a monumental help and has eased a lot of my concerns and fears, though. Thank you so much.
     
  12. RetNavyHM

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    Once the dentist/oral surgeon has released him back to full activities, get a letter from them at that point in time explaining what procedure he went through. That needs to be sent to DoDMERB. As for new x-rays, I would contact admissions at USCGA to see if they need new films.
     

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