What shape will I be in after my mouth goes booom?
July 11, 2010 1:31 PM Subscribe
I'm having a tooth extraction + bone graft + dental implant on Thursday on the lower left side molar closest to the jaw joint on the back of my mouth. Have you had something similar? Could I ask you a few questions?
posted by kthxbi to Health & Fitness (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mainly my questions revolve around what kind of shape I'll be in afterward.
Can I go back to work the next day? (I'm a software developer so it's nothing that involves physical activity though I've already been approved to take Friday off if I need to.)
Will I be eating soft foods for a few days? A week? Are there some good foods I should get next week to have on hand?
Will I be able to drive after the procedure? (I opted out of the pill that makes you forget the procedure because I don't have dentistry anxiety at all.)
I've read some things online but I'm looking for anecdata.
Here's what I know: They're pulling the tooth out and putting some sort of steel post thing into my jaw. Then after it heals in 3 months they're putting an implant abutment and a porcelain crown thinger on top. I have a prescription for 16 extra strength vicodin and another for 28 Amoxicillin pills (there's a huge pocket of infection under the tooth because of a failed root canal that went through the bottom of the tooth).
You are not my dentist. And yes, I could ask my dentist these questions - but what are the odds my dentist has had this procedure? I want to hear what you have to say!