Does getting wisdom teeth removed make you stupider?

I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed on Monday and it’s now Friday.

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I’m still in a fair amount of pain, enough to be on prescription pain killers.

The dental nurse told me, as I was leaving, that anything over 22 is old for dental surgery. The surgeon had told me months ago, at the appointment to arrange this surgery, that if I’d got this done at 18 (like his daughter) my recovery would be 2-3 days, but as I’m mid-thirties it will be closer to 10.

Me, assuming I know more than a trained professional, well I thought “It can’t possibly take that long”. But now I know better.

I’ve learnt to sleep sitting up on the couch as lying down makes my gums throb. I tried on the second night after the operation and I woke up having to spit out a fair amount of blood. Yum.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the time when this is all healed and I don’t have to worry about the chronic infection I had in one tooth for about the last 6 years. That will be nice. But for now, pass me the pills and scotch.