How old are you? I ask because my oral surgeon told me that people of my very advanced age (I’m 42) heal much more slowly than 20 year olds. Consequently, he decided to work on only one side at a time, so I wouldn’t have both sides achy or numb at the same time. He’s a really great doctor–very frank and amusing and good at his job. WARNING: This may only apply if you are an old fogey like myself.
My teeth were impacted and I was warned, again because of my advanced age, that my teeth may have fused into my jaw bone. And that’s what happened. So, under only novocaine (which was fine, by the way; I didn’t need anything stronger) I listened while he drilled and sawed my tooth out of my jawbone.
He took a look at the top tooth and left it there. He was afraid of ruining my sinuses by digging the tooth out of the bone, plus the upper tooth wasn’t doing any damage to the tooth next to it like the bottom tooth was.
5 weeks later, the pain is mostly gone. I was in agony for 3 weeks because there was a honking great hole in my gum and my nerves were exposed. He had to pack gauze with oil of cloves on it to help with the pain. I’ve taken more ibuprofen in the past month than I ever did in my life (and I’ve had 2 c-sections). And, when I’m ready, I have to make an appointment to do it again on the other side.
But I’m sure your experience will be much better!