It is unwise to prolonge wisdom tooth extraction

I had a visit to the oral surgeon today. I fully expected to hear that I had to have all four wisdom teeth removed (the bottom two are horizontally impacted), I didn’t expect the news I left with.

I was referred from the oral surgeon to a Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon. I was told that my right bottom wisdom tooth is on the nerve and that extraction may result in temporary to permanent numbness of my tongue, chin and right side of my face and that my left wisdom tooth has a cyst (or tumor) on the bone.

The oral surgeon wants a biopsy to be run to determine if the cyst <a onclick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview('/outgoing/');" target="_blank" title="wikipedia: cancer" href="http://en.wikipedia look at”>cancerous. In any case she says that the extraction will be too complex to be performed in the oral surgeon office and wants it done in a hospital environment.

All and all I am very uneasy and nervous about the whole thing. Best case I have two horizontally impacted wisdom teeth removed in a hospital and my headaches go away. Worst case I have no feeling in my chin, tongue and/or face and a cancerous tumor.

Not at all how I hoped this wisdom tooth thing would play out.. but.. umm… at least they will be gone?

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