I had my third wisdom tooth out yesterday. The local anaesthetic injections were the worst bit. I didn’t cry as much as when I had the filling in June. I kept the tooth, although now I’m not sure what to do with it.
Wisdom Teeth by Taryn on Flickr
All credit to the dentist who was very good – he was very calming and explained everything before he did it, both what he was going to do and why he was going to do it. This helped a lot. Also, it didn’t hurt once the injections had kicked in. There was noisy cutting, as he had to cut off the top of the tooth before he could take it out – it was in a position similar to the one in the illustration above – leaning on the tooth next to it. I didn’t like the noise (who does?) but it wasn’t for very long. I didn’t commit any violent acts* and I wasn’t rude to anyone, so that was a triumph of sorts. Now I am trying not to do anything to make the wound bleed more, although I suspect I have already not rested enough. It’s surprisingly tiring having one tooth out!
*I’m always reminded of this quotation when I go to the dentist:
Hermione Granger: “My parents are dentists. They tend to people’s teeth.“
Horace Slughorn: “Fascinating. And is that considered a dangerous profession?”
Hermione Granger: “No. Although, one boy, Robbie Fenwick, did bite my father once. He needed ten stitches.“

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