Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wisdom Tooth

Finally extracted the wisdom tooth that has been bothering me for a loooong time.

Today is Day 2 and my face is even more swollen than yesterday. Is this normal? Should I worry??? My gosh I have got so much work I cannot afford to waste another day sleeping in cus of the discomfort! :(

Anyway, my experience wasn't exactly great. Dentist couldn't be bothered to calm me down. :'( felt so abused! Thankfully he recommended to remove my wisdom teeth one by one. I have to remove all 4! Cannot imagine if he pulled 2 out at a go ytd...I would've died! The dentist was terrible...did not even tell my the Dos and Donts. Didn't tell me what I could eat and what I couldn't. I had to google everything! :/

I am thinking of going under GA to pull out the remaining 3! Anyone did it under GA too? Must be hell expensive right, care to share how much?

Oh and I paid $800 to remove that one tooth. Gave me a shock...had no idea tooth extraction was so darn expensive. :O

Thankful for the Internet, http://m.wikihow.com/Recover-after-Wisdom-Teeth-Surgery sharing it so u can read it in case you're gonna remove your teeth and is faced with a horrible doctor like mine.

83 comments:

  1. hi tammy! was it very painful? is it bearable? im going to extract mine soon and i'm pretty scared. you can only consume liquid food like porridge or? thanks! hope your swelling will go off soon! 

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  2. i consume pretty much anything that's small and doesnt require much chewing! lotsa ice cream and chocs for me hehe! 

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  3. hello! my xray image was very similar & since my tooth could be seen, my dentist said i could do the normal extraction and it was $80  (excluding the xray). for those that are "hidden", you probably need to pay more since it is no longer a normal extraction. my wound was not sewed and it kept bleeding for 3 days and i had to keep spitting :/ couldnt eat solid food and i felt hungry all the time. it would have been better if the wound was sealed. is yours sealed or open? the swelling looks okay :)  it will go off soon!

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  4. mine is sealed! the swelling is soooo bad today! that pic was taken ytd. today it is double the size :(  wah!!! $80 only? omg :(  mine was not normal extraction though, he had to cut my gums and saw my teeth away.....i have been trying to eat everything hahahah

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  5. is this for braces ? thought you've had braces before alr? i'm going to have my extractions for my wisdom tooth for braces too it is quite similar to your xray pic too! it is hidden must slice the gum to remove one and it is gunna cost me $2900 O.O for removing the 4 extraction via surgery . damn ex right !!!

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  6. Hi tammy, just telling you base on my exp at National dental centre. i went under GA to remove both bottom and upper right side of my wisdom teeth. this is the thing, althou i was on GA, i actually woke up a few times but end up falling back asleep again. my healing process was very terrible, my dental tied both my upper and lower stiches together and i can hardly open my mouth at all till i went back for my next appointment. the very night of post surgery, my wounds were hurting so bad i had to take 2 painkillers just to let me rest.  i had to live with liquid or soft food for over 1 month+ due to the stiches btw.  my swelling was kinda bad but subsided totally in over a weeks time. your hand will be bruised with blue black after about 1 week or so due to the insertions of the drip. hope this info doesnt scare you but at least it will give you an idea of what will happen :)  take care! 

    PS: my bill for removal of 2 teeth+GA was $700+ 

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  7. heyy! my bf just went through his wisdom tooth extraction. his bottom two teeth were like yours! he plucked all 4 at the same time and was put on GA. he did it at the national dental ctr which amounted to $1k plus (less than 1.5k if i didnt rmb wrongly). i think it's way cheaper to get it done there since u said ur one tooth alr cost u 800. but he was lucky cos he's still serving his ns and didnt have to pay for it. the docs and nurses were nice and they explain everything to us (how they gna operate, what are the risks, what u shld or shldnt eat). they even called him the nxt day to check if he was recovering okay. but i guess the only downside was that we had to wait dem long before it was his turn to extract. but maybe he unlucky la. his slot was like the last or 2nd last slot of the day. hope this helps :D

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  8. i guess yours was really expensive. i had mine done couple of years back @ alexandra hospital. i had all 4 removed at once under GA and it only cost me slightly more than 1K and probably another bit thru medisave. it was painless one for me. took abt 2days to get over the drowsiness. and the swelling completely normal. mine lasted almost 2weeks. you should go on soft food for now and no chewing. u need to go back for ur review as there'll be another jab to prevent infection. i refuse to go for mine and i got a infection :(

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  9. no this isnt for braces. this is cus my wisdom tooth was impacted and hurting me :(  

    yeah it's so pricery!!


    and also, i might be putting braces on again! my teeth is getting crooked again and my retainers no longer fit :(

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  10. go to the dentist WS & Go at paragon. the dentist there is really friendly! 

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  11. omg! yours sound so scary! why they tie the stiches together?!?! 

    i have to remove em sooner or later though....so yeah.

    price wise, so much cheaper than mine! i wish i went under GA to remove both man. :(

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  12. wow yes it's a lot cheaper! that's great! my dentist was terrible! never even tell me when i can/cannot do. thank u for sharing!

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  13. yes mine is damn ex! :(  oooh a jab? what jab? the dentist never even ask me to go back? he pluck alr, ask me go out of the room and wait for meds. took my meds, paid and went home. he didnt even say anything damn fked up lol.

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  14. hey! i removed all 4 under GA and it didn't hurt a bit! i did mine at Camden medical and it was reeeaaaallly expensive, like about $2k but i guess you pay for the service? the dentist gave me precautionary antibiotics and super strong painkillers and i didn't feel any pain even during the recovery process. and the nurses will call me daily to check if i'm okay. by the 4th day i was able to start eating normally already! maybe you should try changing dentist cos yours doesn't sound nice at all :/ hope you get well soon though! (:

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  15. hey,
    Give Y.K Wee at parkway a try. If you dont have to go through an op, it'll be $150. if you do, it should only cost about $400-$500. Thats what Dr Wee told me. & he's really nice, and gentle! Go check his dental out instead. $800 is just mad.

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  16. im not too sure too but if you do go under GA, its much cheaper to get refered by polyclinic den walking in to book at NDC. do check for medisave or any claims u can just to be sure. 

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  17. Yup! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. But it's paragon! Won't be daaaamn ex?

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  19. Ok! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. You should have just gone to National Dental Center @ SGH!!!!! Will save alot more! Plus if you go complain about toothache at polyclinic, you'll get subsidized consultation at NDC (orginal consultation price is arnd $90). I believe my mum paid max 1k for getting all three of my wisdom teeth removed at one go under GA. Trust me, just removed them all at a go so you won't have to go thru the same pain four times (well three i guess since you've alr removed one :/) plus go thru the healing process another three times! They are all very professional and will def guide you about the risks and healing process!

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  21. Oh and please don't smoke during these few weeks or you'll risk getting a dry socket! You don't have to approve this but i'm just being concerned :)

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  22. What is a dry socket?

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  23. Thank u!! :)

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  24. hi tammy, tot i cld share cuz i've plucked out all 4 of mine. A dry socket can happen after 2-3 days when the blood clot suddenly dislodges and the bone is exposed - smoking may increase chances of this + don't suck on any straws too. the 'sucking' action when drinking and/or smoking prevents effective healing :s 

    you can also opt for IV sedation through your vein vs. GA - read somewhere GA has risks? not sure but for all my wisdom teeth, i opted for IV sedation & did it at camden medical center too. price wise can't rmb exactly but i think the bottom is more ex than the top due to the complications involved. hope this helps!

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  25. Hey Tammy! I extracted 2 of my wisdom tooth at 1 go for only $350!! I know its cheap but the dentist is really good and friendly! 1 of my wisdom tooth took like 40 mins to be extracted! Cause my tooth grew in a very complicated way, thats why i was expecting my bill to be super expensive! But for 2 wisdom tooth it cost only $350. Super worth it! I went to them for root canal too (: 
    My dentist is at tanglin mall, near orchard there (:

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  26. Ops forgot to add that he is not those young dentist, he is old but stable, with a lot of experience! So its not those cheapo kind (:

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  27. I went to the polyclinic, told them I was suffering from painful aches due to my wisdom tooth.. they allowed me to wait for a gap between people's appointments (I waited for a few hrs).. then the dentist saw me, sent me to X-ray... and gave me a referral to Jurong Medical Centre.

    I went under GA for all 4 wisdom teeth and it only cost about $900. If you go thru polyclinic, the subsidy they give is very high.

    After I woke up from the GA.. they kept me there for observation for a while, asked if I felt any pain. I felt a little and they promptly gave me painkillers. I took them, they made sure my wounds stopped bleeding and "discharged" me. My mother came to fetch me (they advised me to get someone to fetch me) but I was feeling quite ok. Almost normal.. just a little tired.

    After the surgery, 'cept for swollen cheeks.. I did not feel much pain at all. 'Cept when I was rinsing my mouth and spitting the water out. Oh they also gave me a big syringe to wash my wounds after every meal.. it was painful when I was washing the trapped food out but only for a split second. I ate porridge for about a week.. 


    I think if you have some time to spare, you should get a referral thru the polyclinic.. so you won't have to spend so much and get unprofessional service. :)

    Take care!

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  28. I removed 4 wisdom teeth during Jan this year under GA (all at once) and it didn't hurt at all probably cuz I was given super strong painkillers, so I suggest u shd choose GA for the remaining three and request for painkillers. It's better to remove all 3 at once than to experience the whole process for more than one time yea..

    My swelling went down after like 5 days cuz I used an ice pack everyday so I suggest that u shd use one too :)  Try to eat more cold stuff, the more the better haha :)  Oh, my dentist also gave me anti-swelling medicine.. think it helped reduce the swelling too. Maybe u shd ask it from them.

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  29. I removed mine at KTPH under GA. All 4 teeth needs surgery so came up to about 2k + fully subsidised by medisave. If you get a referral from a polyclinic will be much cheaper. The experience was pretty alright. I was able to eat from that day of the surgery. 

    I study dentistry so this is what i recommend you for post extraction instructions!

    Do not gargle excessively. If you want to rinse your mouth try to just tilt your head left and right then spit the water out. No exercising vigorously as it might affect formation of blood clot. No smoking. Try to avoid eating very hot food. Wait till its slightly warmer. Do not use fingers/ tongue to disturb the socket. Do not eat food like biscuits as crumbs may drop into the socket. Avoid brushing that area but rinse with anti bacterial mouthrinse if you're prescribed with one. If not you should buy an antibacterial (chlorhexidine) mouthrinse from NTUC and use it only for a week. Eat your antibiotics as prescribed. 

    Normally the dentist will ask you to go back for an review/ removal of stiches if applicable just to see how the socket is healing and if there is any signs of an infection a week after extraction. 

    You might want to visit the same dentist just for a review and if everything is fine just change to another dentist for the rest of the extraction.

    (& Normally if the roots are longer, you will normally experience more pressure around the area.)


    Good luck finding another dentist for the removal of the other 3 teeth! Hope the next one will be better :)

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  30. 800 is so over price for one wisdom tooth! Don't bite on hard food and dont take warm or hot food/ drinks! Best to take room temperature or take ice cream or ice cold drink! If you wanna go GA recommend NDC! It has better nurses and dentists... and its subsidised and medisave claimable too :)  Take care!!! 

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  31. Thanks for sharing! That's so much cheaper!

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  32. Thank u!!!

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  33. Eating ice cream every 2 hours! Hopefully that'll help the swelling go down? Only day 2 and I'm one pint down. I am so not kidding. Hahaha

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  34. Yes! Super ex right! I thought It was normal rate...but then I realised a lot of places charge cheaper after the surgery :( should've asked ppl which dentist to go to beforehand instead of just walking into a random one!

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  35. Yes! Super ex right! I thought It was normal rate...but then I realised a lot of places charge cheaper after the surgery :( should've asked ppl which dentist to go to beforehand instead of just walking into a random one!

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  36. hi tammy! 

    i too, had my wisdom tooth surgery last year and my doctor told me that it shouldn't swell as much as how you are now. Because though it might swell within the next few days after your surgery but it shouldn't be that much.. haha. but most importantly it must not be bleeding, if not, you really have to consult your dentist. 

    just like everyone has mentioned, must not take hot/warm stuff (they will make you wound rot, that was what i heard from my aunt), take more icecream!!!! and must not chew on hard stuff too (mostly liquid food would be good for the first few days). 

    haha i would recommend you to go to KTP's dental surgery because i did mine there and it's only $600+ for a tooth (for mine), their service are really good too (as in, after the surgery, the nurses would still call you up once or twice to make sure that you take your medication, make sure that there's no bleeding and remind you to take care of your wounds. haha). 

    take care, tammy! :)

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  37. Hi,

    I had mine when I was 20 and again at 21. Was pretty clueless back then (didn't knew why my jaw hurt bad at times). Even when I got on a plane, the pain was unbearable and what's worse is that my entire face was swollen by the time I landed at the airport. Totally gruesome.

    Luckily a friend of mine talked to me one day and told me about wisdom tooth removal. He went through all the pain and swelling before and after surgery, he felt much better. Listening to his advice, I booked an appointment and went through the minor oral surgery. I had to remove all 4 as they were like yours (growing horizontally and too close to my nerves!). That was why I face sweall up on the plane.

    You poor thing. Just one tooth and you had to go through so much pain. I did 2 at a go, my left side first and then my right. Couldn't  bear doing all four at a time. Crazy! Had to be admitted as well if I had done all 4. Hell no!

    Luckily my doctor was gentle and nice. It did hurt especially when drilling, but was so glad it's over and done with. But was scared straight during the surgery.

    A good thing did come out of all the pain and stuff. I ended up losing few kgs (I know I sound silly) mainly cause I survived the painful ordeal by just eating tau fu fa and drinking soup. 

    However, I would not want to go through it ever again. Especially the first night. All the blood in my mouth, the pain, the swelling. Gosh.

    Anyway, do feel better! It's really good you're researching on how to take care.  Try not to eat chicken or other food that can eaasily break down and get stuck in your gum (the hole havent close up properly yet). And washing it off is super ma fan. You'll be fine. It's be over soon, tak care! *winks*

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  38. Hi, just to share with you my experience. :) Had mine done at vivo dental on the bay, but you can also consider hospital too, heard that it was pretty painless! Removed 1 at a time (2) coz i was super scared of it, but turned out i should have just removed both at the same time! dentist was SUPERRR friendly and comforted me the whole time, and also ask if i want to listen to my ipod hahaas! what i did before the extraction is that i tried to 'cool' my body down by taking lots of water (cold better!) or liang cha so that my body wont so heaty, coz i believe the swelling is coz by excess heat. after surgery, pop extra strong panadol or painkillers and go straight to bed, usually by next day not too pain already. other than ice-cream, can drink barley water, chestnut, whichever drink you prefer. hope it helps! :)

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  39. Hey babe, $800 is too much! I've checked with NDC before and it's about $400+ for LA, $800+ for GA. You could have done a GA with what you've paid! The other time I removed one of my wisdom tooth, I was told to avoid hot and cold food. Eat on one side, and clean the hole regularly after the stitches are removed. It'll take quite some time for the hole to cover up too, so you wouldn't want those food to cause decay in the teeth near it. Take care! (:

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  40. hello tammy, you bought your shoes from nastygal right? did you opt for the <span>USPS First Class Airmail without tracking at $15 or </span><span>USPS Priority Airmail at $35? ^^</span>

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  41. i just removed 4 impacted wisdom tooth this morning under GA at KTPH. minimum discomfort now and no swelling at all. the nurses and doc is very assuring and it only came up to 2600++ covered by medisave.

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  42. Hey! I remove all 4 at once under GA. && the dentist is good and friendly. You can try doing at KTP hospital. Can use CPF to pay the bills if not wrong :)

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  43. Hey! I remove all 4 at once under GA. && the dentist is good and friendly. You can try doing at KTP hospital. Can use CPF to pay the bills if not wrong :)

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  44. Medisave i mean **

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  45. Medisave i mean **

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  46. hey dear, where did you get your creative eyebrow done at? ((:
    mind telling me the address & price? 

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  47. don't worry. it's normal for your face to swell after the extraction. and i know how painful it can get. so rest well before you start to work :)

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  48. I had GA Last year July to remove 3 wisdom teeth and 4 for braces at one time. You can actually use medisave to pay the amount if you go hospital? :)

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  49. Sophia brow house:) at marine parade. U can find my tweet! I tweeted the add. :-D

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  50. Quite a few ppl told me to go to a hospital! I shall for my other 3! :)

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  51. $15 one:)

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  52. Thank u for sharing!

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  53. Thank u for sharing! Wow that place is pretty popular huh! A lot of ppl recommended that!

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  54. Thank u for sharing!

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  55. Thank u for sharing! :)

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  56. My gosh. I wish I had iPod on man! The sounds were scaring me like hell! Thanks for sharing!

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  57. i was told u need to rest well for abt 5 days. if not might hv bruising all. n go to another dentist tis is too ex n doesn seem to be a gd one. get well soon :)

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  58. Hi, you can try my dentist at Poon & Phay Dental Surgeons. Its pricey but it doesnt hurt a bit and the dentist keeps soothing and comforting you throughout the whole procedure. i pulled at 4 wisdom tooth, two at once, under local anesthesia. Its also cheaper than GA, but my face din swell, and stitches din hurt :)

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  59. Hey babe, that's crazy! One tooth for 800? I used medisave to undergo an operation for 4 molars and two wisdom extraction, and I was given the jab to sleep, and cost me only $1000 plus

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  60. And the dentist is super friendly and located at orchard!

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  61. i think lee and lee is good! 

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  62. Hi Tammy! Could you explain to me the terms for LA & GA? What's the difference between them?
    Thanks a lot!!

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  63. Next time just check out places before choosing one :)  hope the swelling isn't that bad! If you pain still doesn't go away you can walk into NDC for emergency service! :)  Take care! :)  

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  64. I dont really recommend going under GA for wisdom tooth extraction. Although it may seem less painful, the risk of going under GA is a lot higher than just local anesthesia. 

    I recommend my dentist, VERY GOOD, gentle and caring. haha i extracted all 4 wisdom teeth there, and the surgery was not painful at all. just discomfort, but not pain. The surgeries are quite expensive, especially if the tooth is very stuck inside. But i rather pay more for good service and less pain!!
    Its along east coast road, near 112 Katong. check out the website! http://www.lemintsdental.com/ 

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  65. Hi Tammy cn u blog more in details about ur experience with wisdom tooth extraction? I'm going to do mine. Wishing u a very speedy recovery! Love ur clothes!! Btw can u tell us more about what kinda skin care products u use cos it's rly nice!!!

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  66. Hi Sarah what's the risk of GA ? and mind sharing ur post surgery experience?

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  67. U can read the experiences in the comment box! :) mine was terrible man...u hear alr u don't wanna do!

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  68. The swelling will be the worst at day 4. After day 4 it usually starts subsiding and the blood most likely already settled in a nice clot and then within 2 weeks you can barely feel any discomfort. I took out 7 teeth by GA for braces. And I can say I spent $1250 on everything in the hospital (KTPH). 4 by pulling 3 by cutting the gum and breaking the wisdom teeth out. The risk is the same as LC, that they will tell you there might be nerve damage because the teeth are near the nerves at the jaw and the sinus or the top palate. Another one they tell you is lip numbness. It took 35 minutes and I was out of the OR. They keep you for 6-7 hours depending on the blood flow..... You can use your medisave or your parent's medisave to pay for the entire cost of the procedure.

    If you do not like being awake while they pull, then you can opt to take out the rest at one go. Better to finish and get over with.. IMO. You go to the hospital after having fasted since 10pm then they put a needle into your vein in your hand then you change out of your clothes, enter the OR and then they jab you with numbing.... and inhale sleeping gas... ask you to count to 10. by 3-4 you will get knocked out.

    BTW must not wear make up or nail polish so they can check on your oxygen level/colour during the procedure

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  69. Hi thanks it's rly informative! Btw is it rly painful after op? Any specific dentist to recommend at ktph!? My job nature needs me to communicate face to face to tbhe client and convince them to buy products, so by which day I can go to work or talk? Thanks ally in advance :))

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  70. hello tammy i know this is way out of topic but do you know when will the H&M agaisnt aids campaign end?

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  71. im guessing mid-end april?

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  72. you shud have gone all 4 at once under GA. It is painless but you'll wake up swollen as hell but it'll be fine after a few days! good luck!!

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  73. wow you're not afraid that it'll be lost??

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  74. Hey babe, actually you should go to the polyclinic and get a referral letter for the extractions. It's gonna save you lotsa money but you have to be prepared to join the waiting list at the hospital. Got my referral letter in late Jan and my extraction is early April. Have to extract all 4 - 2 by normal extractions and the other 2 by surgery. Doing it via NA and it should only cost be total of $800 and below for all 4! Go check it out.

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  75. Hi Tammy, had you done a double eyelid surgery before? :)

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  76. HELLLOOOOO. i'm gonna extract my wisdom tooth under GA tmr! 3 teeth which adds up to a total amount about 1k. i guess because i'm doing it at SGH. Im guessing you did yours at a private dental, but 800bucks is a tad too much cos my private dentistt offered me 500bucks for a tooth.

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  77. awwwh! i'm sorry to hear your experience wasn't that great! :(
    i was pretty apprehensive about my extraction too, but my dentist was awesome and did it with the least pain and horror. it didn't even take 30 minutes to remove both my upper and lower wisdom tooth on the right!
    my dentist is still him...Dr Anthony Goh at Mount A
    http://infosheet.angloinfo.com/mtalverniadentalcentredranthonygoh/?AF=20-11319
    get better soon! (:

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  78. Dr lim k.a does a really good job at this, he knows what he's doing and told me literally everything i had to take note of and is really assuring and funny.  http://www.limkaoms.com.sg/  :)

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  79. Hello You!You are receiving this e-mail as Tammy is currently on a vacation and wouldn't be able to reply you till Thur (5 April). She will be on a cruise and there wouldn't be internet connection on board.Hope you girls would be patient and understand!Sorry for any inconvenience caused.www.ohsofickle.com.sg

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  80. I went for GA for my extraction of wisdom tooth. Don't eat any food after 12 the day before your operation. It's really bearable. Even after the medicine wears off, you won't feel the pain. It's pretty normal for your cheeks to get even swollen the following days. I plucked two of wisdom tooth str. It's about a 1k plus. :-)

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