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1. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

Has anyone has problems with their wisdom teeth while travelling?

My lower wisdom teeth started peep through about 4 years ago but have just stayed like that, happily lying dormant, ever since. However, I am going away for most of 2005 in 6 weeks, and its now they decide to start messing around, and hurting. Cheeky buggers.

Just got back from the dentist who pretty much just said tooth coming through but there's no infection or obvious problem, so all I can do is keep taking painkillers. Great.

They don't like to take them out unless somethings going very very wrong. If I did it would take months and months to get it done on NHS but he could refer me to have it done sooner privately if its bad. I didn't even dare ask the cost of that, and I think he'd only refer me if i'd had more problems.

Anyway, I'm quite worried about them giving me problems when I'm in the middle of nowehere. I'm not crazy enough to consider getting them removed beforehand to prevent this, but I do know someone did this before going travelling.

I'm thinking i'll go back if there's no improvement, but what if it re-occurs when i'm away?

I know everyone and their teeth is different but has anyone else had a similar problem?

I wish I had asked the dentist more questions!

2. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 12y

Hey Liz!

I've had my wisdom teeth out for years now (since I was 16) and they occasionally give me problems but it goes away after a bit. Like you said, each case is different, but I've never heard of emergency wisdom teeth removal or anything, so perhaps they won't bother you so much during your trip that you'd need them removed. My dentist has told me for two years now that I don't really need to take them out right away but eventually it'll be a good idea. If I were you I'd ask my dentist for some painkillers just in case it happens again but other than that I wouldn't worry.

Tam

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

Hi Liz,

Don't know if this'll help you or not... but I waited for months before finally getting my wisdom teeth out. Yes, they hurt, and yes, they had to come out (they were growing underneath my other teeth - eek!), but I wasn't in agony for the time I waited, just uncomfortable now and again.

Then again, everyone's different!

BTW, whatever you do, make sure you eat when taking those painkillers...

Tway.

4. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 12y

Mine started about three months ago, did hurt and still quite uncomfortable but as I have been told that it will go away eventually.:(

5. Posted by till (Full Member 73 posts) 12y

hey i still have all my wisdomteeth and they don't give me problems

6. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

Still painful now. I guess its just part of growing up!

Its just typical that they've been fine up for years till now, when I'm leaving the country in 6 weeks.

Can't predict if my teeth will continue to cause me probs over the next 12 months. I'll just have to hope they're not too painful and I pray I don't get any gum infections (Yuk) or anything when I'm in remote places. Fingers crossed eh?

I'd say if you're going travelling and your wisdom teeth haven't come through yet, its probably worth having them checked out first, dentist can look on an xray and make sure they're not in wrong place or anything.

7. Posted by rogerb (Full Member 50 posts) 12y

Hi Lil Liz....

Me and my wisdom teeth have been traveling the world for about 50 years and we've had a great time together! I wouldn't be without them, or the rest of my teath!

I can't remember when my first tooth came through but I'm greatful to my mother for not having them removed when I kept her awake,wailing all night long! If I remember rightly, I was about 16 when my wisdom teath 'appeared'.... Not very comfortable!

True, everyone's different so take the advice of your dentist! AND DON'T WORRY!!! ;)

Have a great trip..... Roger

8. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 12y

hey you dont need to remove your wisdom teeth unless they are growing sideways. impacted or something of the other. or if they are infected. which is quite gross.

9. Posted by frozenpeas (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y

I just had mine out - I couldn't imagine having to deal with this kind of shit abroad! Better to get them out the way imo - especially if they cause u problems like mine did.

10. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y

Go back to your dentist and discuss it with him and ask what effect there might be in the next year. You and he are the only ones who can come up with the right answer.