Wisdom Teeth

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  1. thunderbird12

    thunderbird12 Member

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    I am sorry if this is a repetition....
    But i just had my checkup with the oral surgeon today.. I am getting my wisdom teeth out in 2 weeks.

    I have already accepted an appointment to USAFA and I was wondering if this will adversely affect my status?
    Will I have to declare this with DoDMERB?

    I just want to make sure nothing can go wrong here... I would not want anything to be revoked in the last minute :eek:!

    Thanks
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    I would call your ALO/admissions to confirm, but I think you will need to notify DoDMERB as it is a surgery.
    As long as there are no complications, you should be OK.

    Is this a required surgery or an elective one? If there isn't a need to remove them before BCT, I would not have them pulled. It is much easier once you are a cadet (and the military will pay for it).
     
  3. thunderbird12

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    This is a required one unfortunately... I figured if I had to get it done before showing up at the academy, I would try and get it over with enough time to spare....

    Thanks for the tip about the ALO, I will definitely call them
     
  4. Christcorp

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    Take this for what it's worth:

    My son had his wisdom teeth taken out about a month before attending BCT. We called down to admissions and asked if there was anything special to notify them of. They said there isn't anything special about a wisdom tooth compared to any other tooth or dental treatment. They said that unless there was a complication, they didn't need to know. They said they need or even want to know because you went to the dentist or went to the doctor for a cold or any other normal day to day issues. My son went to the dentist, had his 4 wisdom teeth taken out, and was back in school the next day.

    Pulling a wisdom tooth and pulling a different tooth. There's no difference. Some people call it "Surgery", but that's not very accurate. It is only considered a "Surgery" if an anesthesiologist is used. (Which the dentist can double as in some places). In other words, a local Novocain shot like you get for doing a filling or pulling a different tooth, would not be considered "Surgery". I would forget EVERYTHING that any of us say on this issue, and simply call admissions and ask them. When we spoke with them 3 years ago, they said they didn't need to know. But that could have changed. It's a free call. good luck. mike...
     

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