Warning: the following picture is not for the faint of heart. If you dislike blood and/or have a fear of dentistry, you may want to skip this post.
I got one of my wisdom teeth pulled this morning! I only had three to begin with, for I am highly evolved, much like the X-Men. I'm going to the UNLV Dental School, and they could only pull the slightly-emerged one today, as they need a certified oral surgeon available to supervise the removal of the other two. I was awake the whole time with just local anesthesia, and thankfully it went much more quickly than I expected. They think the tooth is purple because I took tetracycline as a teenager to treat acne, and tetracycline can stain teeth that haven't yet grown in.
They wouldn't let me keep my tooth. I considered swiping it while they were writing me a prescription, but I didn't have the guts.
Speaking of the prescription, this is my first time on prescription painkillers, and I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed. I don't feel loopy at all--just a little tired. Ultimately this is a good thing, as I have to give my students their final exam in a few hours. I suppose it wouldn't do if I stumbled in and shouted, "A's for everybody!"
I wish it would help with the pain a bit more, though. The medicine certainly takes the edge off, but my jaw still aches pretty badly. Sleeping tonight may not go well. Wish me luck.