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This morning I had a wisdom tooth pulled. The dentist told me not to play the sax for a couple of days because he said that the force of blowing might cause the newly coagulating wound to bleed. I wonder if anyone else has had a molar pulled and can tell me if that is really a possibility, and if so how long I have to wait before I can play again?
 

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Two years ago , because they needed to perform a flap operation and a some gum graft , they removed 4 perfectly healthy wisdom teeth. After that they removed one of the roots of a molar and they performed a root canal.
It was a very painful procedure , it lasted several months to complete.

After pulling my wisdom teeth I only had to wait a week each time (it was done in two different times) and I could play again (I did ask the dentist) .

Cheer up, you will live to play again! :bluewink:
 

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Wisdom teeth huh?
Well, I'm sorry but you'll never be able to play sax again. Once the wisdom teeth are gone that's it.
Now maybe in a week or so you'll be able to play violin!

I would give the wound a good week to start healing and then go from there.
I had molars pulled back in High School before they slapped a bunch or orthodontics in my mouth. I remember that it was a good week or 2 before I could play 'comfortably'.
As always, Listen to your dentist. You don't want to do anything that would slow the healing process and cause you to wait longer to get back in the shed.
 

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Wisdom teeth huh?
Well, I'm sorry but you'll never be able to play sax again. Once the wisdom teeth are gone that's it.
Now maybe in a week or so you'll be able to play violin!
Well - There you have it. Listen to mommy. Pack it in. You might as well send me your saxes for safekeeping since you no longer need them. :)
 

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This morning I had a wisdom tooth pulled. The dentist told me not to play the sax for a couple of days because he said that the force of blowing might cause the newly coagulating wound to bleed. I wonder if anyone else has had a molar pulled and can tell me if that is really a possibility, and if so how long I have to wait before I can play again?
Yes it is, and its bad when it happens. Give it the three days, if not a week!
 

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Wisdom teeth huh?
Well, I'm sorry but you'll never be able to play sax again. Once the wisdom teeth are gone that's it.
Sorry I beg to differ. The hole left by a pulled wisdom tooth increases the resonance in your mouth and so actually enhances the tone. That's why I had all four out.
 

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Wisdom teeth huh?
Well, I'm sorry but you'll never be able to play sax again. Once the wisdom teeth are gone that's it.
Now maybe in a week or so you'll be able to play violin!

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Yep, it throws you back before sax player in the evolutionary process. You're done for. Yore goose is cooked.
Now you'll probably have to go into politics.

Sorry I beg to differ. The hole left by a pulled wisdom tooth increases the resonance in your mouth and so actually enhances the tone. That's why I had all four out.
Ah, so that's how you get smart!?
 

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Oh no!!!

You should have asked us here first. Sorry brother, but it's impossible to play a sax without wisdom teeth. But you are in luck. If you will send me your saxes, which you cannot use now, I will gladly send you a nice well used ukulele. That's what most former saxophonists that lose their wisdom teeth play.
 

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Thanks to everyone for all the great replies.

Wisdom teeth huh?
Well, I'm sorry but you'll never be able to play sax again. Once the wisdom teeth are gone that's it.
Now maybe in a week or so you'll be able to play violin!
I wanted to keep the tooth. I've had all four since I was 17 I think and I'm kind of attached to them because they're part of me and when the parts start falling off it's not a good thing. Then I realized they hadn't given me any wisdom back then--more like wiseassdom--and I hadn't wised up that much since then either. So I let him pull it figuring that I'll probably become 25% wiser with 3.

Yes it is, and its bad when it happens. Give it the three days, if not a week!
I was afraid someone would say that. I have my lesson tomorrow and hate to have to cancel, but the possibility of bursting the wound and maybe infecting is probably not a good thing, right? Even more frightening is the thought of blowing alot of blood into the neck of my sax. That would be a sticky mess. What was that Dylan album...."Blood On The Pads"?

Sorry I beg to differ. The hole left by a pulled wisdom tooth increases the resonance in your mouth and so actually enhances the tone. That's why I had all four out.
The dentist said there were two options: he could do a root canal and then a crown, or simply pull it. I said I play sax and pulling it might harm my embouchure, so I was going to go for the root canal. Then I thought, who am I kidding, my ebouchure is no great shakes as is and opening up my oral cavity a bit might in fact be the secret to improving my tone and mastering the overtones and altissimo.
 

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Sorry I beg to differ. The hole left by a pulled wisdom tooth increases the resonance in your mouth and so actually enhances the tone. That's why I had all four out.
I definitely go with Pete on this. I had all 4 of mine pulled at the same time about 8 years ago. Best thing I ever did. Give it a week and you'll play as good or better than ever.

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I still have all of my wisdom teeth. At my age I should be very 'wise' but I'm not.
Just ask my 18 year old daughter... :)
 

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I definitely go with Pete on this. I had all 4 of mine pulled at the same time about 8 years ago. Best thing I ever did.
At the time my dentist's reasoning was that one of them must come out, but that at some time the others would probably go the same way and instead of it happening on a tour (disastrous) if they all came out at once it would be over and done with at my convenience.
 

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I still have all of my wisdom teeth. At my age I should be very 'wise' but I'm not.
Just ask my 18 year old daughter... :)
But in a few years time though she will wonder how you suddenly got so much smarter all of a sudden:)
 

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At the time my dentist's reasoning was that one of them must come out, but that at some time the others would probably go the same way and instead of it happening on a tour (disastrous) if they all came out at once it would be over and done with at my convenience.
From what I understand, most people have those teeth pulled because they come in at odd angles or without enough room to fit and cause serious tooth and jaw problems. My wisdom teeth came in perfectly when I was 17 and never caused any problem whatsoever until this one now. It had a really big older filling in it that developed cavities under it and the bacteria was affecting the nerve. It was either get a root canal and crown to keep it, or pull it. I wanted to keep it, but when the dentist told me how much doing that would cost me and that an extraction with my insurance was totally free, it was a definite no brainer.
 

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No, mine were perfectly straight but there was no room to operate the other teeth because of the Paradontosis which affected my teeth and that's why they had to be removed , removing the 4 wisdom molars made room for the operation and eased the subsequent things that had to be done.

even having an extra insurance for dental care resulted in a bill that I , partly, had to foot myself.
I could have bought a Mark VI with it.........[rolleyes]
 

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Ouch five thousand and four times!

BTW, you know that aspirator dentists stick in your mouth to vacuum up the saliva? They another one they stick in your pocket to vacuum out your wallet. That's the real reason they give you novacaine.
 

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My dentist drives a Cadillac XLR convertible (Like a Corvette, only more expensive), with the vanity plate "OPN YDR"

Ive not figured out yet if thats regarding my mouth or my wallet:D

Hes a lovely guy though and a great dentist, but thank god for dental benefits...
 

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well, the operation and the rest wasn't the end of it.......the reality is that this is an attempt to save 3 other teeth . The outcome, in the long run is however negative and over few years I might need to pull 3 more out . In the meantime I am on a special care regime and need to visit an extra specialised (and expensive) hygienist 4 times a year to maintain the status quo................ :(
 
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