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My son will be entering BC very soon. I was wondering does the Navy automatically extract wisdom teeth even if they are not bothering the recruit?

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Not always, it just depends, they did not pull my son's wisdom teeth but the majority of recruits they do.  My son actually doesn't even have any.  But if it looks like it may be a problem they will come out.

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.

Ok Thank You! How long ago was your son in BC?
He PIR'd one year ago - today! Wow, I just realized the anniversary today. LOL.
I didn't know they would even do that? I know my son has two but they don't bother him? Do they have automatic dental exams or something?

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.

The theory is that they don't want someone having wisdom tooth trouble when they're on deployment, out in the middle of the ocean, with no oral surgeon on hand to take care of the problem. While it's true that they don't remove everyone's wisdom teeth, they do remove most. They'll give him a dental exam and fix whatever needs fixing, remove the teeth if necessary, he'll get 2 days SIQ (sick in quarters) and it won't cost you a thing. I'd wait if I were you.
The Navy dentists are also very, very good at this, as they have so much practice!

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?

thank you!

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.

Thank you! I thought the recovery time was longer than 2 days. I will look into scheduling this for my son before he leaves.


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