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Wisdom Teeth Surgery?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 10, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Ah! I'm really scared to get my wisdom teeth out! So scared! Viacdin (totally spelt it wrong!), antibiotics, and other drugs! Ah! Little Miss Herbal Remedy me is terrified! I can't risk infection and such! I gotta take the antis, right? I haven't taken them for years! Will it be okay if I take Garden Life Probiotics with the antis?

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on August 13, 2013
at 04:46 AM

I am on day 4, and I was able to eat solid food last night. I mean, you can tough it out earlier, but I have been having some issues with a dry socket on one side, so just make sure if you eat solid food, you clean out your mouth really well so no food gets trapped in the sockets.

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on August 12, 2013
at 12:19 PM

I've had my wisdom teeth taken out, no anti-biotics. I have also had four other major surgeries (not oral) and no anti-biotics. I did a bit of research, and it looks like the secondary infection rate is less than 2%. Standard practice is to prescribe antibiotics only when "have an artificial heart, Immunodeficiency disorders, or another medical condition that makes you more infection-prone" -- Again, if your surgeon prescribes anti-biotics out of fear, get a better surgeon.

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on August 12, 2013
at 11:45 AM

How long until you can eat solid food!? YAY! Someone to help! Take your probiotics!

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on August 11, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Antibiotics are used prophylactically for good reason. They are working in the mouth with lots of bacteria and infections are not uncommon, especially if they have to go into the bone during extraction. You may be lucky if your forgo antibiotics and not get an infection, but if you do get an infection, it can be exceptionally difficult to treat in the jaw--and this is all pretty close to your brain. Talk to your oral surgeon about this--if he's willing to forgo the antibiotics then OK, but I would guess that most oral surgeons would not.

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on August 11, 2013
at 02:50 PM

What is the concern with the down votes?

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That is ridiculous. Anti-biotics are not prescribed because they fear infection may occur. If your surgeon does this, find a better surgeon

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on August 11, 2013
at 06:45 AM

There is the chance there could be no infection; however, infection is common enough to prescribe antibiotics. Any infection will be significantly easier to kill *before* it becomes embedded in someone's jaw.

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Discomfort probably varies on how well the surgeon does. I didn't have much pain, but other describe it as pretty awful.

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on August 11, 2013
at 12:28 AM

why would they give anti-biotics for surgery?

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on August 10, 2013
at 05:05 AM

If you're planning to do something surgical, it would be best to follow all the precautions that have developed. Alternative health, such as paleo etc., gives all sorts of advice for how to avoid surgery and medication, but once you're actually doing it, it would be dangerous to do it halfway. Take the antibiotics etc., and then afterwards aggressively rebuild the flora with probiotics and fermented food. Good luck!

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on August 10, 2013
at 03:33 AM

Yes, take antibiotics. Deep bone dental infections are very hard to treat! Take probiotics. My kids (with admittedly high pain tolerances) only one or two doses of narcotics and a day or two of NSAIDs. Out of your entire life, not a big deal.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 11, 2013
at 02:48 PM

That is ridiculous. Anti-biotics are not prescribed because they fear infection may occur. If your surgeon does this, find a better surgeon

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 11, 2013
at 12:28 AM

why would they give anti-biotics for surgery?

B885dc10c6263f5a4492205d50560bee

(401)

on August 11, 2013
at 06:45 AM

There is the chance there could be no infection; however, infection is common enough to prescribe antibiotics. Any infection will be significantly easier to kill *before* it becomes embedded in someone's jaw.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on August 11, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Antibiotics are used prophylactically for good reason. They are working in the mouth with lots of bacteria and infections are not uncommon, especially if they have to go into the bone during extraction. You may be lucky if your forgo antibiotics and not get an infection, but if you do get an infection, it can be exceptionally difficult to treat in the jaw--and this is all pretty close to your brain. Talk to your oral surgeon about this--if he's willing to forgo the antibiotics then OK, but I would guess that most oral surgeons would not.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 12, 2013
at 12:19 PM

I've had my wisdom teeth taken out, no anti-biotics. I have also had four other major surgeries (not oral) and no anti-biotics. I did a bit of research, and it looks like the secondary infection rate is less than 2%. Standard practice is to prescribe antibiotics only when "have an artificial heart, Immunodeficiency disorders, or another medical condition that makes you more infection-prone" -- Again, if your surgeon prescribes anti-biotics out of fear, get a better surgeon.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 11, 2013
at 12:00 AM

I don't recall any antibiotics for my wisdom teeth extraction. Just lots of vicodin. :)

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on August 10, 2013
at 11:19 PM

I ended up on antibiotics because my surgeon stitched up some broken up bone into my stitches. definitely take them because things can happen. the pain pills are awesome- I hardly remember the entire week I was on them.

probiotics are helpful, too, so keep taking those.

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on August 10, 2013
at 04:45 AM

To add, you can also purchase a wide variety of poppy pods that you can steep (boil water, add pods to boiling water then let sit for 30 minutes), then strain and drink to help alleviate the pain without taking Vicoden.

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5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

on August 10, 2013
at 06:38 PM

I just got my wisdom teeth removed three days ago! My suggestion is to, of course, take the antibiotics. I was only given four, so it is a relatively small amount. The pain killers were not even necessary. Yes, my jaw is in pain, and it is very uncomfortable, but if you really want to, you can make it without taking the pain killers.

I also suggest to keep ice on your cheeks, and after the initial bleeding stops, bite down on green tea bags instead of the gauze, it will help with the clotting.

Just drink a lot of water and minimize your jaw movement, and you should be fine. I am on day three, and I only have some swelling on my right side, and some minor discomfort.

You can do it!

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(78)

on August 12, 2013
at 11:45 AM

How long until you can eat solid food!? YAY! Someone to help! Take your probiotics!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on August 11, 2013
at 12:35 AM

Discomfort probably varies on how well the surgeon does. I didn't have much pain, but other describe it as pretty awful.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on August 13, 2013
at 04:46 AM

I am on day 4, and I was able to eat solid food last night. I mean, you can tough it out earlier, but I have been having some issues with a dry socket on one side, so just make sure if you eat solid food, you clean out your mouth really well so no food gets trapped in the sockets.

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on August 10, 2013
at 03:00 PM

Do what the doctor says although if you have the wisdom teeth out in the chair with only local an anaesthetic here in the UK (which depends on how bad the teeth are and we try to minimise cost here as everyone has free medical care) you do not have antibiotics even precautionary ones. You would only have those if you did catch an infection.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 11, 2013
at 12:27 AM

You should not be given anti-biotics unless you have complications during surgery. No need to worry about that.

As far as the pain meds, I only took mine at night when I needed to sleep, dealt with teh pain the rest of the time. Depending on your pain threshold, you may not be using too much vicodin.

If you are taking an anti-biotic, then a probiotics is useless untill you have been off the anti-biotic for 7 days.

No reason not to take the probiotics if you are not on anti-biotics though.

BTW, off topic piece of advice --

Make a ton of bone broth now and freeze in serving size containers. You will not feel like eating much after the surgery, nor will you feel like cooking. Go heavy on the veggies, herbs and salt.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 11, 2013
at 02:50 PM

What is the concern with the down votes?

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