Wisdom Teeth before R-day?

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  1. dkdino

    dkdino Member

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    Hello, I've had a chance to look at previous posts about getting wisdom teeth out. Some say take it out, some say don't and wait it out in Ac Year. I feel like it is my problem and that I need to take it out asap. Just took an X-ray for the dental portion for my Admit Packet for West Point and unexpectedly I was told that I had 4 unerupted molars. Also told by my dentist that the best option would be to take them out before entering the class.

    Would I notify dodmerb of my complication since my prospects look like surgery? By the looks of others' experiences, this does not seem to be an immediate DQ unless the complication persists on Reception Day. I am at loss of what step(s) I need to take. I will receive information from a surgeon tomorrow. Thank you.
     
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    Do what is medically necessary. The sooner done, the longer recovery time. Contact DODMERB as you see fit. If there are no complications that impact medical condition/performance at R Day then you will be fine.
     
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    Thank you. Once I receive all the information, I think my parents and I will make a decision on the surgery. Guess now I will be ready to notify USMA, USNA, NROTC of what may come to be.
     
  4. Zandercott

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    Taking out wisdom teeth is such a piece of cake I really don't know why anyone would wait. The complications are much less likely if you get them out early. I had 2 removed plus bone harvest, plus bone grafts placed, plus 2 dental implants placed and I literally went to my 2 hour Calculus class after (with ice packs on). It's easy guys.
     
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    My son just had it done, all 4, 3 impacted, no complications, about a week recovery time. Do it, follow the instructions from the Dr. to a tee and in all likelihood you'll be fine. Plus doing it now gives you time in the rare case you do have any complications.
     
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    Sounds like the process is a lot easier than I imagined! Would the dental checkup portion for the packet have to be updated afterwards? Currently the diagram of my molars indicates the 4 unerupted wisdom teeth. Not sure I am supposed to turn this in to Admissions if I will take them out. Thanks for the responses.
     
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    Will be super easy, don't worry. There's always the chance for complications, but these will increase the longer you wait. Have your Mom make you smoothies the first week- NO STRAWS. Try to eat a high protein diet before and after surgery to promote healing. Mine were completely healed 2 weeks later, and after 1 week I was nearly healed and past the point of any dry socket complications, etc. You'll do great. Research and get the best oral surgeon.
     
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    My son has one impacted tooth and will be getting them out in the next few weeks. We'll find out this next week his actual surgery date. If you have it done in April, it gives you plenty of time to recover.
     
  9. dkdino

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    Thank you so much for the responses. Will take the next steps with confidence!
     
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    scheduled the appointment the day he got the nom (thanks in large part to helpful advice found on the threads here) Surgeon said that it was the absolute perfect time for removal since they were just buds and no roots. Had them out the Monday before Christmas and he was healed enough by Christmas Eve dinner. Piece of cake - good luck.
     
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