It is said that the wisdom teeth exist for 2 reasons.
1) as a retribution for all the sins you have committed in your life.
2) to pave a career path for dentists
It was a payback time for me yesterday – I went to have one of my wisdom teeth removed.
Before that trip to the dentist, I went around to ask if anyone have had their wisdom tooth removed before. You know, just to prepare for the worst. None of my friends had it, but one of them alleged that he knew someone who had. It’s very painful and a total nightmare – he said. The mouth’s going to swell up so bad, that I won’t be able to eat for two weeks!
“Omg, 2 weeks! Doesn’t that mean I’m gonna die? 2 weeks without food?”
Somehow, he didn’t give a thought about that and replied “I don’t know, that was what my friend told me…”
Anyway, I finally did it yesterday. So, did it hurt? Oh yeah. It was badass. But not as much as I thought it was going to be. That’s because I’m reasonably tough enough, and partly also because I was quite busy thinking if the dentist was the same Korean amateur porn model I saw on the internet many years ago (distraction mitigates pain).
The whole procedure took about an hour to complete. The dentist had to break up the wisdom tooth into several pieces and extract them in small fragments, because the thing was huge… and it was also growing ‘out horizontally’ instead of ‘up vertically’ from my jaw. I guess if it weren’t for the teeth blocking its path, the damn thing would have grown long enough to pierce through my lips like a fucking warthog. I later found out from the internet that this is a very rare condition called ‘Horizontal impaction‘, and it only occurs to about 3% of the people, those who are exceptionally bright and intelligent – I guess this is another bane that we smart people have to live with, besides being frustrated all the time *shrugs*.
But the worst did not happen on the electric chair though. It was when the anesthetic wore off. It was like someone had jammed a screwdriver into your gum. It swelled up quite bad on the first few hours post op, but gradually improved after sucking some ice cubes. Right now, it just feels like a bad case of mouth ulcer (that I have paid RM450 for…). Have to live on a soft diet for a couple more days.
Didn’t feel any less smarter though, probably because I have plenty of intelligence to spare…