My Braces Review – Part 3 – Extractions
Review on my Condition
My appointment with Dr. Wee from The Oral Maxillofacial Practice was at 1.00pm, so I had to fast from 9.00am onwards for four hours as I opted for sedation. Had a heavy breakfast so that I could last until afternoon.
Dr. Wee inspected my teeth and commented that since I was to remove my bottom right wisdom tooth, the top right wisdom tooth will have to go too. He explained that teeth work in pairs, and if I were to remove only the bottom tooth, the top one will grow longer and cut into my cheek. So in total, I had to remove six teeth – two wisdom teeth and four pre-molars. SIX!!! Even though I appeared super calm and simply nodded my head, lots of thoughts were swimming around, such as…
“How am I going to eat with six teeth less?”
“Will I bleed excessively?”
“Will it be very painful?”
“Can I even speak properly?”
“How do I go out with so many gaps in my teeth looking like a bo geh?”
I know I can’t back out now because I’ve already paid $535 at Alfred Cheng Orthodontic Clinic. I do want my perfect pearlies so I have to get this done no matter what! And next, Dr. Wee began to clarify the costs of the procedure (more info at end of post) so I had to pay attention to the calculations. He also explained that it’s good for me to do this while I’m still (relatively) young, since the risks increase along with age. I signed a declaration form and we’re ready for the extractions!
Inside the Surgery Room
I was led to the surgery room for the procedure. Sat down and the nurse began dressing me up with a disposable gown and tucked my hair into a disposable cap. It sure felt like I was undergoing some major operation and didn’t help in calming my nerves. The anesthetist came and introduced himself. Then they started poking needles in preparation for my anesthesia. After the drug was administered, I was knocked out in three breaths.
After the Surgery
I woke up about 1.5 hours later and found myself lying on a recliner with curtains drawn around me. I was still very groggy and decided I should just lay there for a while more.
Looked around and found my hand with this. It’s for the anesthesia. I was biting on to gauze in my mouth and it was overflowing with both blood and saliva. Some blood dripped down onto my top and I had to soak it with Dynamo for two nights before the stubborn stain would budge. Hence, I would strongly advise wearing black so you wouldn’t need to worry about blood stains. I dug around my bag for tissue and ended up finding the item below. Warning: It’s not a pleasant sight so please be prepared.
My six teeth! The bottom wisdom tooth was all smashed up so it’s just bits and pieces left. Imagine the shock I had when I found this in my bag. Yes, they dropped this packet of teeth into my bag and I wasn’t informed about it. Eww…
I laid there for a while more until a nurse came to remove the thing on my hand and changed the gauze in my mouth. She offered a mask and I gladly wore it. Went out to the reception area where Marcus was patiently waiting for me. You’ll need to have someone bring you home for safety reasons.
After Surgery Care
I was given painkillers, antibiotics and medicine for swelling. I took the painkillers only on the day of surgery after heading home and finished both the antibiotics and medicine for swelling. Fortunately, I didn’t experience much pain nor swelling. I am very thankful for this!
I bought a small toothbrush and brushed my teeth gently, taking care to avoid the gaps. I also rinsed my mouth gently with the mouthwash the clinic gave me (picture above). Anyway, I got the mouthwash from the clinic at $12 and found the exact same mouthwash at Watsons for only $5.50! Heart pain. I could have gotten two bottles and still have $1 left to buy McDonald’s ice cream.
The bill came up to a hefty $2,000. $800 was covered by Medisave and I paid for the remaining $1,200. Another $300 would be covered by Medisave as well but that would require a few weeks to process and I will receive a cheque for it.
I was given one week MC and will need to return for a review appointment one week after the surgery.
Thank goodness, I SURVIVED!!! Can’t wait to put on braces and begin tidying up my teeth.
UPDATE (Nov 2013):
I have received several queries on how did my extractions bill come up to $2,000, so here’s the approximate breakdown of the bill.
• General anesthesia: $700
• Professional fee for surgery: $1,150
• Medication: $50
• Mouthwash: $12
• 7% GST
Please don’t be alarmed by my bill as the amount would vary according to the type and number of teeth you are extracting. The bulk of my bill goes to general anesthesia and surgery fee, which is due to the wisdom tooth extraction. If you’re going for just normal extraction of pre-molars, it would be only $60 per tooth. Hope this helps! 😉