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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000664.txt from 1997/12

From: (Simon Aldrich)
Subj: Widom teeth
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 16:07:10 -0500

>Oh yuck!! I have to get my wisdom teeth taken out tuesday. I hope it
>doesn't have any negative effects!
>I am already annoyed at losing at least 10 days worth of playing time. Has
>anyone experienced any negative effects, concerning playing,as the result
>of wisdom teeth extraction?

No negative effects vis-a-vis playing but the area around the jaw line swells
up. In my case it didn't totally return to normal.
So if you have model good looks (high cheek bones, sunken cheeks) I'd
reconsider the operation.

But seriously, the chances of severing a nerve to the bottom lip are not low.
I know a former professional principal clarinet in a major Canadian orchestra
who lost the feeling in half of his lower lip due to a wisdom tooth
He had to stop playing.

If you are having 4 taken out give yourself at least 2 weeks off.

Regards, Simon


Simon Aldrich

Principal Clarinet - l'Orchestre de l'Opera de Montreal
Principal Clarinet - l'Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Quintet Pentaedre
Les Vents de Montreal

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