Well he hasn't had any problems or complaints- I just wasn't sure if it was automatic and we should try to take care of it before he leaves
My son's wisdom teeth were fine, but they took them anyway. Others kept theirs. I can't figure out any rhyme or reason to it.
However, you shoud not get them removed now. They actually get two days off during boot camp, it's called the "recruit's holiday," and it is the only time they get off (they get to stay in bed, relax, etc) for the entire 9 weeks they are there.
The Navy does dental exams on every sailor who joins, and within the first 6 months they do whatever dental work is necessary, from cleanings, filling cavities, wisdom tooth removal, etc. My son has a false front tooth (fell of his bike and broke it at age 10), and the material had stained. They removed the stain.
When I was in 20 years ago, they took three of my partially impacted wisdom teeth. I never went back to have the fourth removed, and now I'm regretting it. It went bad about a year ago and now I don't have the insurance to pay to get it pulled. Ugh.
I'm still a little confused on this subject. 2 days to recover from wisdom teeth extraction doesn't seem like much. I think if you are going to just be going back to school or a desk job, it might be enough, but the rigors of boot camp are considerably more demanding.
Anyone have a son or daughter that had theirs removed at boot camp? How did they do?
I had both my sons' wisdom teeth pulled during their senior year in high school. If you have insurance that covers it, I would definitely recommend doing this while your son/daughter is home. It really takes several weeks to FULLY recover - my sons were superb athletes - in great physical condition. Just my opinion.
However, the Navy's medical staff is excellent. My son broke his ankle last year - he was very satisfied with his care.