"Wisdom tooth removal not as bad as I thought"

About: Royal Blackburn Hospital

I had my wisdom teeth removed at the Royal Blackburn Hospital under local anaesthetic and I was quite worried about it.

It wasn’t that bad though.

The injections were just like normal injections at the dentist (maybe a few more pricks) but after that I didn’t feel anything at all when they were taking the teeth out (seriously, nothing at all).

One of my upper wisdom teeth was quite impacted, broken down and tucked away at the back of my mouth, I was worried they would struggle to get it out but it was ok.

I had to have some stitches on the upper gum but I couldn’t feel anything when they stitched it and the stitches just dropped out the next week.

The lower tooth came out easily – in fact I had to ask ‘is it out yet’ because I hadn’t realised it had been taken out as you can’t feel anything (and I closed my eyes throughout as I don’t think seeing the equipment/needles would have helped).

The radio was playing in the background so that helped to take my mind off things.

I went in at 1140 and by 1215 I was sat in my car in the car park outside ready to go home with 2 teeth removed.

I have to go back in 2 weeks for the last tooth to be taken out and I’m not worried now I know what to expect.

My advice is just to close your eyes and let them get on with it, maybe take a stress ball or a tissue to squeeze in your hand as that helped me.

I was sore afterwards, but it wasn’t as bad as expected.

Make sure you have lots of soft food for afterwards e.g. ready brek, soup, yogurt.

The only surprise was that it wasn’t a dentist’s chair, you lie down on a bed with a pillow and the dentist has 2 or 3 assistants, but they were all very nice and very reassuring with me and kept asking if I needed a break and kept checking on me and telling me I was doing well.

It was all done under local anaesthetic which I was glad about as I didn’t want general anaesthetic.

I had lots of salt washes and used corsodyl mouthwash afterwards.

I was a bit shaky when I got out of the appointment (probably due to being anxious and working myself up) so maybe I should have taken someone with me to drive me home, but I managed to drive home ok.

Seriously I didn’t feel a thing other than the injection and some pulling on my face/cheek, I didn’t feel a thing near my teeth as they were completely numb.

Thanks to all the staff that helped get my teeth out and for being caring they all did a good job and I would recommend the service to family and friends.

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Response from Royal Blackburn Hospital

Many thanks for your feedback regarding your recent visit to the Oral Surgery Department at Royal Blackburn Hospital for removal of your wisdom teeth and thank you for taking the time to do so.

I am pleased to hear that you were happy with the care and treatment provided and I will make sure that your comments are shared with the team who will be delighted to hear that your experience was so positive as we always strive to deliver safe, personal and effective care.

If you would like to talk through your visit to us with one of our Patient Experience team so we can understand the aspects of your experience that made this so positive we would really value this so that we can try to make it like this for every patient visiting our hospitals and services.

You can contact me Melissa Almond on 01254 734087 or alternatively you can email me at melissa.almond@elht.nhs.uk

Many thanks again for commenting

Melissa Almond, Patient Experience Facilitator

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