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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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My son was glad his were taken care of before boot camp. They weren't bothering him, but they were not going to come in straight and it required surgery to remove them. I think he was the only one in his division who did not need to have teeth removed that day, so he was the nurse maid for the group.

As someone else said, the Navy does not want to risk any preventable medical issues while deployed.

When I was growing up, our family dentist had been a Navy dentist and he was very good. I believe most of them are, but when my husband was in the Navy he nearly bled to death after his wisdom teeth were removed. His cheek was stitched to his gum, he was given pain meds and sent back to his barracks to sleep. Luckily a ship mate walking by noticed the blood soaked pillow, and got him back to dental. So yeah, mistakes happen.

Had my sons taken out before he left. His recruiter said they remove them regardless in bootcamp and just numb it, no anesthesia. He said they give them Vicodin and a few days to recover of its done in bootcamp. My friend is an oral surgeon and we were able to get him in pretty quick.

Another Recruiter giving out false information.

I spoke to my son on Saturday who left on 2/9 and he has to have 1 wisdom tooth removed. He was so happy that he will get 2 days to sleep!

They did not take my sons wisdom teeth at bootcamp but took them a year later (they were fine) .  He will be deploying on a destroyer in the near future, I'm guessing they were just being proactive.  He said it was fine - they gave him a few days off, medication and checked up on him.  He did very well.

Awesome! Another thread on wisdom teeth. Recently a few people posted that it was silly to have them pulled in advance. It seems percentages favor pulling them at home. We did and my sailor was glad he did. 

Why have one more obstacle to face while at Boot Camp? Sure, a couple days rest if all goes well. What if it doesn't? Does the military prepare for possible scenarios during wartime or leave it up to chance? 

I'm so glad my Sailor made her decision long before this site existed.

hey Guys,

My Future Sailor ships to Great Lakes on April 25th. Son called and asked his recruiter if he should have his wisdom teeth pulled before reporting, and the recruiter said "ABSOLUTELY NOT. THAT WILL DISQUALIFY YOU". (everyone knows recruiters speak in capital letters).

So, that's that for us. I wanted to have them pulled by our family dentist, rather than during boot camp, but feel stupid calling the recruiter and arguing with him on behalf  of my 20 year old son!


And my son's recruiter was the one who told him to absolutely get it done. Jennifer, I'd say your son may have been too close to his ship date. 

BTW, it would never "disqualify you", it might hold up your ship date if you wait too long though.

We have been waiting a long time for the ship date, so I know my son does not want to delay it.

I guess he ships with his wisdom teeth, and we'll take it as it comes! Thanks for the reply.

They only take them out if needed, and if there is nothing complicated about it.  If it is going to be complicated, they wait until A school.   Navy dentists take out far more wisdom teeth than civilian dentists on average, so they are pretty good at it.  

And again I disagree. They take them out if they THINK it may be a problem in the future. It's not like going to your dentist and saying, "we'll need to take these out one day, but it can wait". 

As to doing many, yes they do. My point exactly. And they do it quickly. 

Not saying they do a poor job, however, in any invasive work, there's no telling what can go wrong (allergic to anesthesia, they become impacted, infection sets in). 

Is it really worth the risk? 

Would you ever want the Navy taking that attitude with your sailor? 


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