Wisdom teeth (aka third molars) are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Did you know that because of this, that time of life has been called the “Age of Wisdom”?
My wisdom teeth decided to come in a tad bit early when I was 14 (I wonder if that means I could have claimed ‘wisdom’ at an earlier age?). Not only were they impacted, but they were growing in at an angle, which was pushing the rest of my already too-crowded teeth forward. Our family dentist referred us to an oral surgeon and my mom set up the appointment. The only part I focused on was getting to miss school for a day.
I had the option of simply getting numbed up or completely knocked out – turns out it was a good thing I was allergic to pain and opted to be knocked out, since the surgeon had to break my wisdom teeth apart because the roots were so long – and the lower ones were hooked to my jawbone. In the recovery room, the first thing I remember was my mom asking me if my eyes were green, but I corrected her, reminding her they are blue.
On the way home, we stopped at a McDonald’s drive-thru – this was a very big deal, since my parents very rarely ever took us to McDonald’s except for very special occasions, so in my post surgery groggy state, I was very excited. When we got home, my mom settled me into my dad’s easy chair with a blanket and pillow where I promptly fell asleep.
When I woke up a few hours later, the first thing I wanted when I woke up was my cheeseburger Happy Meal – needless to say, my mom ate it. She felt really bad, she figured I wouldn’t want it with my mouth being all stuffed with gauze an all. When you’re 14 years old, you pretty much will power through any pain for a special treat. I think she still owes me a Happy Meal.
Which brings me to this week’s question:
How old were you when your wisdom teeth were removed? Or are you one of those rare people who still have theirs?
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