Yesterday morning I had a wisdom tooth and two molars extracted under “concious sedation”, although I certainly don’t remember being concious.
My dentist called me this morning to make sure I was recovering okay, and I told him that I kind of look like Marlon Brando, but that I don’t hurt much and only needed one vicodin yesterday.
All was okay until I got the bright idea to check out my (lack of) teeth in the bathroom mirror with the assistance of a mini flashlight.
One side of my mouth (from which a wisdom tooth and 2nd molar were extracted) looks fairly pink and I can barely make out a suture or two.
The other side (from which the pathetic remnants of my 1st molar was extracted), however, appears to be a great deal darker and a little swollen around the edges of my remaining teeth.
I called my mom and attempted not to be too overdramatic when I squealed, “My jaw is black, AM I GOING TO DIIIE!!?!?”
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
She did what any decent mom would do and requested that I call my dentist with that sort of question. Durr.
I called and left a message for my dentist about 4 hours ago and still have not heard back.
I even called this great program that my health care provider offers called Care-24 to ask a registered nurse if my darkened gums were going to kill me. She was less than helpful, but did mention that if I start running a bad fever I had better get to a hospital.
I don’t have a fever (to my knowledge) and the pain on the dark side of my mouth is nothing more than minor discomfort. I can’t really feel anything on the pink side.
Any guesses on the dark gums? Could it be blood? Was it because that tooth had abcessed? Is it bruising? I don’t want to pick at it too much because numerous SDMB threads regarding “dry socket” have sufficiently terrified me from any further examination of my mouth. shudder
I do intend to call my dentist on Monday morning if I haven’t heard back from him by then… but until then, I guess I’m just looking for some “Oh yeah, I had dark gums and didn’t die” stories.