Wisdom tooth - travelling

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1. Posted by mariaxx (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I am travelling to middle east/Europe for 7 weeks (leaving in 6 days)

I just found out my wisdom tooth is impacted, I have jaw pain and no infection yet.

Any experience with this? I don't think its possible to get it out now but I'm super nervous about managing it on a big trip.

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 817 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

What does your dentist (or doctor) say?
They're the only people whose advice you should follow on something like this...

3. Posted by mariaxx (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Appointment in two days, couldn't get any earlier. Just wanted to see if anyone had any experiences

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 177 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

For what it's worth, I dealt with impacted wisdom teeth for about 10 years before I had them removed when I was about 30 years old. I was not traveling at the time, nor did I have an upcoming trip planned.

In those 10 years, I struggled with infections from time to time but muddled through them because I HATE going to the dentist (fear of the pain and agro and fear of insurance deciding to leave me out in the cold holding the bill ) The gums around the partially-erupted teeth flared up in spots about 2 or 3 times a year, lasting for about a week each time.

Quoting mariaxx

Any experience with this?

Yes, but I cannot offer ANY advice - that is up to your dentist. My experience is very likely not a good indicator to go by - just thought I'd share it. Good luck on your appointment.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Apr-2019, at 17:30 by road to roam ]

5. Posted by mariaxx (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thank you, hopefully I can deal with it for 7 weeks! Appreciate your reply

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 817 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Your dentist will tell you what medication/painkillers to use, but check that they're OK for the countries you will be travelling in. I'm pretty sure that in some countries Codeine is illegal and could result in serious problems at customs and I'd guess there are a few others that are 'illegal' in various countries.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Apr-2019, at 19:01 by Andrew Mack ]

7. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 914 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Your dentist will tell you what medication/painkillers to use, but check that they're OK for the countries you will be travelling in. I'm pretty sure that in some countries Codeine is illegal and could result in serious problems at customs and I'd guess there are a few others that are 'illegal' in various countries.

If you think you might have problems at customs, take the original packaging and your prescription with you to show if challenged. You may not be (I travelled recently to both Aub Dhabi and Oman with a drug that's illegal there and wasn't pulled up) but it's best to be prepared. As long as you have that evidence that the drugs are prescribed for you, and don't take more than you need for the length of your trip, you should be OK I reckon. But check the specific advice for each country you plan to visit.

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 817 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

If you think you might have problems at customs, take the original packaging and your prescription with you to show if challenged. You may not be (I travelled recently to both Aub Dhabi and Oman with a drug that's illegal there and wasn't pulled up) but it's best to be prepared. As long as you have that evidence that the drugs are prescribed for you, and don't take more than you need for the length of your trip, you should be OK I reckon. But check the specific advice for each country you plan to visit.

Bringing the prescription etc could ease things but depending upon the country/laws/officer that may not be adequate or may be enough for them to not prosecute but to still confiscate the medication. If the doc/dentist can give you legal alternatives then that's definately the best option...

As the OP gave zero info she's probably travelling within her own country, so this is all irrelevant

9. Posted by mariaxx (Budding Member 4 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone. I picked up some codeine today and have had to apply to bring it in to Dubai. Also got the doctors letter too!

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 914 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

As the OP gave zero info she's probably travelling within her own country, so this is all irrelevant

She said she was visiting Europe and the Middle East - they can't all be her own country