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My daughter told me before she left that they will remove her wisdom teeth at BC and then only 2 days recovery?? I didn't believe her at the time, thinking someone had given her misinformation. She was very bothered about the idea that this could happen, especially knowing everything else that would be going on while at BC that she would be dealing with. I only thought about it again after reading it on a Navy FB page and that this would probably be the week she would  have it done? Please tell me they wouldn't remove them if it's not necessary! Her last dental x rays showed that her wisdom teeth were there but were not causing her any problems and may never be an issue. 

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My son had his removed the 2nd week he was there.  He said it was no big deal.  The Navy chooses to remove those teeth so that they don't become a problem down the road, say while they are on deployment on a ship.  My son got 2 days rest...he said that was the best part!  It will be o.k....the Navy knows what they are doing.

They remove all of them. All recruits. My son was bored afterwards and wanted to be back in training. Said it wasn't a big deal.

Can confirm. They removed all four (and a molar). They get 2 days SIQ (sick in quarters) and a light duty day, then back to training. 

Some recruits have them removed some do not. It is going to depend on if their dental visit shows any sign of them possibly being a problem in the future. Some recruits are told their any work needed om their teeth will wait until they are at A School.

The last thing any Sailor wants is for teeth to start causing an issue while they are at sea, and no dentist available to take care of it.

No worries on the removal if done. The recruit are given two days SIQ and a day of LLD. They are given pain medication, and are watched closely for any signs of something wrong.

Nikki, that was a shocker for me too. Yep, they'll be coming out. It kind of makes sense that the Navy would rather have them recover now instead of out at sea somewhere where there isn't access to good medical care if there were complications. Molly liked having a little time to rest with everything being so overwhelming.

My son told me the same thing just yesterday. They removed all 4! He said they told that they might cause problems down the line. He also has just had a cleaning and gotten clear bill from the dentist. He didn't say how much recovery time he had but it wasn't long and he didn't make it seem like a big deal. 

whereas my son's civilian dentist told him that they needed to come out but boot camp left them in. He did end up getting them removed at his first duty station - when he did the annual dental visit, they scheduled a removal of all 4.

Nikkiw1221,

RTC dentists will determine if they need removal or not. Many, but not all, recruits have them removed. The Navy doesn’t want sailors having problems with wisdom teeth once they are in the fleet but they are not going to do surgery if they don’t believe it to be necessary. 

My son had them removed the second week. Unfortunately, for him they did not give him enough numbing agent in the lower teeth and he said he felt them remove them.  He's doing great though now.

Nikikiw 1221, If this makes you feel any better. I never had my wisdom teeth removed, because my dentist said that there was enough room and they may never cause me problems. Guess what, now I’m in my 50s and they are causing me problems. They are hard to clean and have shifted my other, once perfectly straight teeth out of alignment. Now they can’t be removed because  could cause nerve damage. I wish they had been removed when I was young. 

My son was told the same thing. Hope it is a speedy recovery if they have to have them removed.

Thank you all for sharing... I've been a nurse for 24 years and subscribe to the theory that you don't fix what's not broke (LOL), and all invasive procedures come with risks. But, I can also see the military's POV on it. Guess I'll find out soon enough!

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