It wasn’t that bad.
I went to the dentist fully prepared to spend most of my day in pain. Instead, aside from some numbness and the expected swelling, I’ve spent most of the day relatively pain-free. Indeed the procedure to take out my lower right wisdom tooth went mostly without a hitch, barring the fact that my dentist had to practically break my molar into tiny chunks to even extract it of course. After that, it was just a matter of suturing the wound left by the removed tooth, but as the anesthetic did its job very well, I felt nothing except the pressure of the tools for the entire operation.
I spent almost all of the operation with my eyes closed, if one is wondering. I just felt that, given my wild imagination, I figured actually seeing what was going on would dampen the effect of the anesthetic. Pain can also be imagined after all. To keep my mind out of the fact that my dentist and his assistant were essentially poking around in my lower jaw with very sharp and very pointed instruments, I concentrated on listening to the music transmitted from the earphone I had in my left ear, which was connected to the iPod I had brought with me. It was very nice way to keep my mind off the operation, to be sure.
For the curious, I was playing ARIA: The Box 3, which is a compilation of 15 tracks from the ARIA OST. No wonder I was so relaxed for the duration.
With the operation over with, all I have to focus now is on the recovery. Medication aside — 3 days worth of antibiotics to help with the swelling, which have to be taken in 6-hour intervals, as well as painkillers — I won’t be able to take any solid food until probably Monday, nor anything hot. I‘m pretty much on a soup diet until the swelling (which has been minor, since I got a cold compress on my cheek as soon as I got home) goes down, but it’s not as bad as it sounds, and hilariously enough I’m actually allowed to eat ice cream! Imagine that.
It’s going to be hard to imagine that, in a few months (depending on my funds), I’ll have to do this all over again for my other wisdom tooth. Ah well, better take it out preemptively, rather than wait for it to get ruined by plaque and tartar (given its awkward position, it’s hard to brush it properly)…
Bah, nothing to do but just sit back and follow my doctor’s orders for about four days (my normal rest days plus the two days sick leave I reserved). I guess I’ll kill the time doing fanwork, as usual, and possibly some anime watching or reading on the side. Ahaha, never going to be works of art, my stuff, but a nice way to keep my mind off the discomfort.