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The strangest thing is happening, and I'm not sure if it's good news or terrible news:

3 of my wisdom teeth came in beautifully. Not a lot of pain, straight, etc. The 4th is impacted. I've seen X-rays of it in all its impacted glory. It's sideways, deep down and I've been told to either have it pulled or just leave it. If it stays impacted and doesn't hurt, then I was told I'm in no danger.

I vaguely remember though being at one dentist visit and being told that it has "rotated." I didn't think much of it, and now I don't even totally remember if I was even told that, or if that is all in my head.

However, in the way back of my mouth (it's the lower right wisdom tooth), behind my last molar is a ridge of a wisdom tooth! I'm just scared that it's coming up all twisted and will screw up my fixed-by-an-orthodontist straight teeth on the bottom row (in fact- I have noticed one tooth not in perfect alignment, and if this is the reason, I will freak!)

The good news: Maybe that tooth is coming in. If it does mess up the bottom row, it can hopefully be fixed by retainers or something rather than more years of braces. Or, if it needs to be pulled, at least it is more on the surface and won't be as deep of surgery to get that sucker out.

The bad news: Dental surgery does not sound fun to me at all.

The obvious advice you all are probably going to give me: Go see a dentist. I clearly will at some point (after all these years of getting my teeth like, um, perfect - clearly going to the dentist is something I do regularly) However, I do want to wait a bit and see what it does. I am seriously hoping that it will just pop out on its own, like a late bloomer.

I noticed this because lately my bottom right molar felt look food was caught - and I guess it does get caught - since part of that wisdom tooth has broken through the surface!

Ok. Enough about my teeth.

I filled up my gas tank yesterday and it cost $33 for more that 3/4 of a tank. I clearly get that gas prices are rising, but that didn't seem outrageous to me. When I first got my car when I was 16 on my permit, I could fill the tank for about $19 or $20. $33? Totally doable. Yey for having a car with a small gas tank, I guess! I also only fill it up about every 2 weeks. My work is close, Dave is close, and I haven't been on long trips in my car.



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Jul. 16th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
my wisdom teeth came in beautifully too! my sister had to have hers yanked, but she didn't get 4 - 2 just never came at all. so weird. you and i are lucky! i hope your last one comes in alright!

you only fill your tank once every two weeks?! i drive a honda civic and get excellent milage but i spend about 45 every week, at least. then again, i do drive to campus and work and usually only get one free day a week (which i try to stick around). you're lucky everything is close by! what type of car do you have?
Jul. 16th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
pontiac grand am, v6, year 2000
Jul. 16th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
My wisdom teeth broke through about 2 years ago, and I had let them be like that for about a year until I had them removed last October. I would worry if you start to feel any pain or pressure, but if they're just kind of poking out and not really doing much, you don't have to rush, I think.
Jul. 16th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
I had 4 of my wisdom teeth taken out, this was before I had braces put in though. I would be scared after already having dental work for them to start to break because I wouldn't want it to mess up my pretty teeth.

OMG, I remember when it was like $10-15 to fill up my car when I first started driving. SO CRAZY.
Jul. 16th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'd get to the dentist right away. If the tooth is rotated, and it continues that way, it will make your teeth crooked... Not to mention it'll be REALLY painful!
$33 isn't bad... I have a Corolla, and it has been around $50-$60 to fill my tank. Do you still drive the Pontiac? I thought those would have huge tanks!
There are tons of entries of yours that I've been meaning to reply to, but I haven't had reliable net access lately! :( But I have been reading your entries!<3
Jul. 16th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hmm... take it from me.. Definitely go to the dentist! I had one wisdom tooth that was all the way in, one that was about halfway in at the time, and two of them that aren't in yet at all. My bottom teeth (braces-aligned) are now all crowded! I mean.. I have a really small jaw I guess so there was absolutely no room on the bottom for them to go when they came in. The top one actually did not move my teeth at all because I had the room.

However, wisdom teeth are kinda crazy.. I got the two that were in/coming in out this past January because 1. hello! crowding my teeth, and 2. because the roots can still grow even after the tooth is in. I didn't like the idea of the root growing big enough to merge itself with the root of my last molar, or with my jaw. Can happen. Can't imagine it's very fun! While I'm sure that doesn't happen with everyone, I still figured it was best to remove them. Plus, it was cheaper to get the ones out that were already at least partially in, and it hardly hurt at all after it was done. Amazingly enough!

Buuuut of course now I still have the other two that haven't come in yet and my other bottom one is DEFINITELY still pushing on my bottom teeth. I'm not happy. My dental allowance doesn't renew itself until Jan so I'm not doing anything before then or it would be all out of pocket expenses. Yikes. But one day I'll probably need to go back and fix my bottom teeth somehow. I refuse to have braces again!! So it'll be something else. Not sure what but I'm sure it will hurt. :(

So yah.. just go and get it looked at, find out how big it is and what direction it's coming in, and whether it's going to start pushing the rest of your teeth there. It actually happens pretty quickly, I noticed. Like, they seem to take a while to come in but every month you go with that tooth there, it's slowly pushing the other ones around as it does. Not fun! (Especially since you already noticed one not exactly in it's place!)

Also - off topic, but I miss my small gas tank cars! haha! My car now gets the worst gas mileage of any car I've had before. Something like 25mpg highway. (And I don't drive on the highway anymore!) Plus I think it's 14 gallons.. so that times gas being 4.60 means if I were to fill up I'd spend around $60, depending on just how empty my tank was. It's horrifying. I put $40 in at time maximum because it makes me sad to spend more than that at once. Thankfully I really only drive 3-4 times a week, about 15 miles roundtrip anywhere I go, so I've been using way less gas than I normally would. Thank goodness for that!
Jul. 16th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
The teeth that are fully in are fully in and have been that way for years. I'd only get the one that's like, 1/2 in pulled. Or not pulled - maybe it's growing! There is a space for the last wisdom tooth in the way back, but I just have to see if the tooth cooperates and tries to come in in that space...or if it wants to push the others out of the way and come in in another location. gah. Not fun. No pain or pressure though, so that's a good thing!

My round trip for work is like, um, 4 miles. hahaha
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
I had to get all my wisdom teeth out.
And luckily I still have a wire retainer behind my bottom front teeth, because one of my wisdom teeth pushed another molar out of line...and if it wasn't for my wired retainer, all of my bottom teeth would be crocked!
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I have the wire too on my bottom teeth - but I think it came loose in one corner (my dentist told me too) and that might be part of the reason that one tooth is a bit "off" - not "off" enough to notice, but if you stare at it, it's off~
Jul. 18th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
I'm so jealous- it costs $70ish now to fill up my tank (I have a '99 Volvo S70). However I am excited because I still have 80 miles to go before I have to fill up again, so that means my last tank of gas lasted/will last a week and a half instead of the usual one week!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Dave's is like, $90 though. He drives more than I do, but still not very far. He has an SUV though.
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