Lots and Lots of SRs get their wisdom teeth out during bootcamp. Mine had his out during Power School in Goose Creek because his schools take about a year and a half to complete so there's plenty of time while he's there. They are typically given 2-3 days SIQ (Sick In Quarters) so they can rest up and take pain meds and then it's back to work.
It's like a "pre-emptive strike". If teeth are going to give people trouble, it's usually the wisdom teeth so they Navy pulls them now so as not to have an issue while they are underway.
RTC takes good care of the SRs, so I wouldn't worry too much.
When does your son graduate? There is a PIR group for you to join with lots of support and info.
Hey there, my son had to have the same thing done last week. So tell me, will that delay their graduation date?
My son just left for boot camp 3/14 so new to this site. My husband is an Army dentist, and the services follow very similar protocols. The new recruits all get radiographs, and they fix cavities and any other problems. If the wisdom teeth are coming in at an angle that look like they will cause trouble later, they take them out even if they aren't having pain right then. It's usually much easier to get them out of a younger person where the teeth haven't developed fully so the recovery is not bad. They then do not have to have emergency dental work at a later date during a deployment when their absence would cause difficulties for the unit, not to mention that the recovery is often more difficult when the gums are inflamed and infection is present.
Thank you, that summed up all of my questions about the Dental procedures in Boot Camp. :)
I have already gotten the documents for my recruiter and it was awhile ago and did not effect my drug test. I was just mentioning this because I was told that you are not allowed to get teeth pulled while in DEP without asking your recruiter and getting permission first. They explained it to me as you signed you contract having all your teeth so you need to still have all your teeth once you get to basic.
Thanks for the link. I am leaving in a week so after being in the DEP program for the last 8 months I pretty much have it down.
:o) Thank you for your willingness to serve. I hope all goes well for you at the RTC and afterwards as a US Navy Sailor.