I want to keep my teeth

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by vuatson, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    I just learned I’m gonna have to get my wisdom teeth out (apparently they’re riddled with cavities and I never noticed lol) and I really really really want to keep them after they’ve been extracted. just kind of viscerally don’t like the idea of sending bits of my body off to some incinerator never to be seen again. can anyone help me figure out how to do this? if I’m interpreting Maine’s biomedical waste laws correctly, I think they categorize teeth the same as amputated body parts and won’t let you keep them. is that right? anyone know of states with different rules?
     
  2. bushwah

    bushwah a known rule consequentialist

    mood
     
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  3. Acey

    Acey hold my cold dead hand for a bit

    I'm not sure about Maine's rules at all, but in California you can just ask to keep them! (And honestly I doubt there's any harm in asking even if they say no?) I do think the laws vary from state to state, though, so unfortunately I can't make any promises that they'll let you keep them.

    Also, if you're at all worried about the surgery, which I mention because I know I was, it's honestly not too bad. I don't remember a moment of my wisdom tooth extraction--they sedated me, and it felt like one minute I was waiting for it to start and the next it was all over.
     
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  4. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    yeah, I’m not too worried about the surgery itself. the fillings I need will honestly be worse bc you gotta be conscious for those lol. not looking forward to recovery but hey I’ll be able to get better at making soup!

    if it turns out I can’t keep them in Maine I probably will just go to a different state. I don’t think it’s urgent yet and I Really Want To Keep These Teeth.
     
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  5. Acey

    Acey hold my cold dead hand for a bit

    Recovery wasn't too bad for me, but I also seem to have healed somewhat unusually fast so ymmv? And yeah, fillings are the absolute worst. x_x

    Wishing you the best of luck in keeping your teeth!! ^u^
     
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  6. anthers

    anthers sleepy

    I have mine, I just asked the dental surgeon in the pre-consult thingy and then reminded them before I went under. Wishing you luck as well!
     
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  7. anthers

    anthers sleepy

    Also, a bit of anecdata that might help, they sealed mine in a package when they gave them to me that was a little like an envelope with a clear bit that was meant for these things.
     
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  8. idiomie

    idiomie I, A Shark Apologist

    i also have mine, also just asked the surgeon before they were removed

    that was in VA, so. i mean if you really actually can't in maine, at least it's not the worst distance to travel?
     
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  9. anthers

    anthers sleepy

    Mine were in Rhode Island, so that's theoretically even less.
     
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  10. vuatson

    vuatson [delurks]

    that is all very good to know, thank you ^^ as interesting as a cross-country tooth removal roadtrip would be it’d be nice not to have to go too far lol
     
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