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04-21-2009, 09:33 AM
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How soon can I play after getting my wisdom teeth out?

FYI, it's not super serious hockey, just a couple of beer leagues.

I will be getting all four wisdom teeth out on a Friday morning. I have games scheduled for the Sunday night and Monday night.

Is it realistic to think I can play in either of those games?

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04-21-2009, 09:39 AM
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FYI, it's not super serious hockey, just a couple of beer leagues.

I will be getting all four wisdom teeth out on a Friday morning. I have games scheduled for the Sunday night and Monday night.

Is it realistic to think I can play in either of those games?
Those are the type of questions best answered by the guy you're paying to remove those teeth.

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04-21-2009, 10:22 AM
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I had my wisdom teeth taken out on a Thursday afternoon, and played hockey the following night (Fri). This was a couple of years ago. I even had Taco Bell after the game! (Wasn't the best idea, I had chunks of food stuck in the holes my teeth had previously occupied).

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(Wasn't the best idea, I had chunks of food stuck in the holes my teeth had previously occupied).
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Everyones different. I had my wisdom teeth out and they didnt really hurt that much. I cant recall how long it was til i felt somewhat normal. Id say just wait and see you how feel on the night of the game.

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FYI, it's not super serious hockey, just a couple of beer leagues.

I will be getting all four wisdom teeth out on a Friday morning. I have games scheduled for the Sunday night and Monday night.

Is it realistic to think I can play in either of those games?
They usually say at least a week (but ask your doctor to be sure on your own situation.)

I was feeling good from the start (like alot of hockey players I have a high pain tollerance) so went to the next practice four days later and played the next game about a week later.

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04-23-2009, 02:51 AM
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I have never had my wisdom teeth out, but I've seen people who got them out, had minimal swelling, and were no worse for wear after a few days. My sister on the other hand was bed and couch-ridden for almost two weeks with absolutely horrific swelling and bleeding and infections.

I would probably just play it by ear and see how you feel come game time.

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04-23-2009, 03:04 AM
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Ice your jaw every second you can. If you don't you will see bruises in colors you have never seen before and swelling will last twice as long.

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No way to tell, but I wouldn't count on it.

I had mine out last year and had to make a 400-mile drive four days later. Right up until the morning of the trip, it was a game-time decision.

You'll be feeling pretty miserable for the first few days, then all of a sudden you'll be back to about 80% (where you're feeling good, but still sore). I wouldn't count on playing that weekend, much less drinking. Dry sockets are pretty common and they're no fun to deal with.

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A goalie in one of my rec leagues played the same day. Had it done in the morning, played at night.

Either, he's either he's a tough sob, or incredibly stupid.

So to answer your question : yes, it can be done.

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Let's put it this way. Hockey players are known for being toothless right? How many times have you seen a guy get a tooth knocked out during a game and not even miss a shift? Now, NHLers obviously have a lot more to play for that us beer leaguers, but it really only boils down to how tough you are. It's not like you're going to risk re-injuring the holes in your mouth by playing. If you can deal with the pain then why not play?

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C'mon boys, I'm obviously going to play. Just wanted to get a sense of how stupid you think I am for doing so. :

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It's not like you're going to risk re-injuring the holes in your mouth by playing. If you can deal with the pain then why not play?
Ever hear of a dry socket?

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A "dry socket" occurs when the blood clot is lost from an extraction site prematurely. Basically, the blood clot in the socket serves the same two functions as a "scab" on a skin surface cut. First, it assists in the cessation of bleeding and second, it protects underlying structures during the healing process. Like the child who "picks at a scab" the area heals in time but is painful for far longer than if the "scab" had been left alone.

When the blood clot is lost before the underlying structres have had time to heal, bone is exposed to the oral environment along with fine nerve endings. This is an exquisitely painful but otherwise relatively harmless situation.
But of course all you dentists and oral surgeons out there that already answered knew this.

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There's a reason why they tell you not to play for a week.

Anyway, the pain will depend on if you have any impacted teeth. If you do, then you'll be on vicodin because the pain will be ridiculous, so have fun playing while taking that. When I got mine out (all four at the same time), the first day was absolutely ridiculous. I could hardly move my mouth at all. A day or two later I was able to eat solid foods again, which most people I know said that was fast. My top teeth healed quickly because they were completely visible already, but the bottoms killed because they were hardly out at all and the surgeon had to dig into the bone.

I remember people said I was crazy for going to work the next day, so the pain wasn't unbearable, but I guess for a lot of people it is.


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I'd say that you could play as long as you can bear the pain. I got my wisdom teeth out a few years ago, and I remember the pain being pretty tolerable in about six hours.

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You'll be feeling pretty miserable for the first few days, then all of a sudden you'll be back to about 80% (where you're feeling good, but still sore). I wouldn't count on playing that weekend, much less drinking. Dry sockets are pretty common and they're no fun to deal with.
Everyone's experience is different. I think part of it is whether or not you go for general anesthesia. I ended up choosing a sort of a half and half twilight zone anesthesia at the surgeon's recommendation.

I could have gone back to work the same day, and the soreness was gone after about 24 hours.

My sister, on the other hand, had an absolutely miserable time and took about a week to recover.

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Ever hear of a dry socket?

But of course all you dentists and oral surgeons out there that already answered knew this.
And which are you? He didn't post this on dentistsfuture.com

My advice would just be to see how you feel. If you feel like ****, don't play. If you feel fine, I really wouldn't worry about it.

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I have no idea how soon you can play but I had a dry socket and it was one of the worst pains I've ever had.

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Had mine out 2 weeks ago on a Thursday and had a game on Monday. In 24 years of practicing, the guy said he had never taken so long to remove a top and bottom pair before. I guess I have wolverine teeth or something. Probably explains why I got a puck to the jaw splitting my lip but my teeth were fine in a previous game. He also said I shouldn't engage in sports for a week and that I should take the next day off work.

Did I do what he recommended? Nope. I had to go straight back to the office to finish up some work for a couple more hours. Then I played on the Monday too. I gotta say though the pain wasn't that bad so long as you remember to take those painkillers in time. Then again, I did have 3 days rest. Oh, and a lot of ice on the area for the first day, but not after that. I think the worst thing is if it gets infected. Remember to wash your mouth with salt water after you eat for a few days.

If I had a game the same day that would be a tricky decision, but something about the faster blood circulation apparently affects the socket where your tooth just was. I'd still probably do it even though it really is stupid.

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Ever hear of a dry socket?



But of course all you dentists and oral surgeons out there that already answered knew this.
I'll listen to whatever your explanation might be as to how playing hockey increases your chances of getting dry socket. I'm obviously not an expert, but it sounds to me like something that happens to people who constantly pick at their wounds. I guess you're saying that if this guy take a big hit the scabs developing in his wisdom teeth holes (that just sounds awesome) might get jarred loose? I guess that sounds reasonable.

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I had two wisdom teeth pulled about 8-9 years ago and played that night. I think I was pretty lucky in that they came out with minimal damage to the gums and I felt ok. No swelling or bruising, not much bleeding, it just hurt to eat for a week or so afterwards. The only impact the whole situation had on me was an increase in the number of milkshakes I drank that week. Hopefully your experience is similar to mine! (Btw - OP, I love your name and avatar! "You traded my soul for POGs?!")

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But of course all you dentists and oral surgeons out there that already answered knew this.

If Gino says you cant play, you cant play. This guy knows everything about everything and he is not afraid to tell that he does. Just ask him.

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If Gino says you cant play, you cant play. This guy knows everything about everything and he is not afraid to tell that he does. Just ask him.
Never said the guy couldn't play, only that he should ask his dentist. His dentist is someone that is actually familiar with the procedure and has the training to make the call. Kind of like a ref on rules of hockey versus a pine rider of 17 years. Thanks again for showing us what you're all about.

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Never said the guy couldn't play, only that he should ask his dentist. His dentist is someone that is actually familiar with the procedure and has the training to make the call. Kind of like a ref on rules of hockey versus a pine rider of 17 years. Thanks again for showing us what you're all about.
You da man cool guy

Who is this ref your talking about? cant be you, you just throw up "rules" that have nothing to do with the conversation.

Keep it coming ya plug.

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I'd sit for the week but I'm cautious by nature regarding my health. You'll have unhealed cuts in your mouth. Physical exertion causes increased blood flow, even in your mouth. You could pop stitches, could invite infection. You should be drinking more fluids anyway for the surgery and playing hockey will put you at even more of a defecit. Oh, and you could be woozy because of the pain killers.

I'm not a dentist and it's been 20 years since I had my (4 impacted) wisdom teeth out. Pain pills they gave me made me a zombie for about a week. Just my 2 cents.

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FYI, it's not super serious hockey, just a couple of beer leagues.

I will be getting all four wisdom teeth out on a Friday morning. I have games scheduled for the Sunday night and Monday night.

Is it realistic to think I can play in either of those games?
when's the next shift?

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FYI, it's not super serious hockey, just a couple of beer leagues.

I will be getting all four wisdom teeth out on a Friday morning. I have games scheduled for the Sunday night and Monday night.

Is it realistic to think I can play in either of those games?
Depends on how many pain killers your dentist proscribed for you

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