Teething at 26


At 26 years old I’m teething like an infant. Excuse me? 

I considered myself lucky for years to have all of my wisdom teeth. My friends in high school were getting them taken out left and right and I never had to which is music to the ears of someone super squeamish. Right about now I’m wishing they were taken out 10 years ago with everyone elses.  

I noticed a few weeks ago that my top right wisdom tooth was coming in. It’s a strange thing to all of a sudden realize you have a new tooth. I already had my 6 month check up at my dentist the next week so I completely forgot about it until that appointment. Since I wasn’t in any pain we decided to keep an eye on it and hopefully it could wait until fall when my work season slows down a little before having it extracted.  

Well, that didn’t last long. Early last week I had three days in a row with pain and pressure but I kept thinking it would get better. I spent my birthday in a little bit of pain but not enough to ruin the day. That all changed Sunday when I woke up to a very sore jaw and very locked jaw and intense pressure and pain in my mouth. This has been going on for three full days. Forgive me while I whine a little but it’s SUPER frustrating when you can’t even open your mouth fully to brush your teeth.  

I made a phone call Monday morning and had a consultation that afternoon. Good news- I’m getting the tooth taken out on in less than two weeks.  Bad news- that means I’m on a very soft/liquid diet and dealing with all the symptoms of teething until then. No wonder babies cry so much- I think I’ve cried at least once a day since this all started. The fever, pressure, pain, and overall grossness is a lot to handle for two weeks straight.  

I don’t use this space of mine to complain about things often, but I felt a heads up was necessary in case Soup of the Day gets quiet over the next week or two. Please send me your positive vibes friends! 

Any recommendations or suggestions for recovery would be amazing!  

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  • http://www.setarra.com Setarra

    Oh man! Sending positive vibes your way Megan! Hope you’re able to get through the pain while you wait to get your tooth removed. I’ve never got my wisdom teeth removed (all 4 are grown in and so far no issues) but my girlfriend got her wisdom teeth taken out a couple months ago and pretty much lived off of mashed potatoes, soup, oatmeal and apple sauce during the recovery period. And ice cream. In her words, ice cream was ESSENTIAL lol.

  • http://www.christineeveryday.com Christine Everyday

    Oh no! So sorry you’re having to go through this. Sending virtual hugs!

  • gail

    Oh honey! I’m so sorry you are hurting. You are in my thoughts.

  • AlyssaGC

    I remember the pain meds made me sick, so be weary of them :( The best thing for me were the frozen masks I could put on my face. You’re going to handle it like a champ!!

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Oh my goodness, girl. I SO FEEL THIS. I know you know how much I can relate. The pain was unbearable and no one understood because you don’t understand how painful it can be unless you go through it. Ice helps, smoothies, soup, mashed potatoes, frozen yogurt and a ton of gatorade to make sure you keep yourself hydrated when you aren’t eating as much. Those Wisp toothbrushes I told you about are a God send and there is numbing mouth wash and cream at the drug store that I used a ton. Salt water rinses helped keep my infection at bay. Rest up and know that it is GLORIOUS on the other side. Until then, I am here if you need anything! Or someone to complain to because I feel this so hard.

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    Oh you poor thing! I had one of my wisdom teeth taken out a few years ago, and the best recovery food was pumpkin ice cream that Colin brought me. But a lot of the recovery is sleep and time. It’ll feel SO much better though!