I was officially 50% less wise a week ago. So taking into account how blonde I oredi was, now it’s even worse okay. So if I can’t comprehend you, take heart that it’s not communication skills that you are lacking.
Previous X-rays had shown that all my wisdom teeth were impacted. So imagine my joy when one of these elusive teeth cut through the gum to say hi. I figured that perhaps growing plus size after 2 kids made my jaws expanded too (evidence of being blonde again). So I waited patiently for it to grow nicely.
Then came the night before the eve of CNY. The area around the tooth was swollen and it hurt to brush / chew / whatever but I figured that it was due to the tooth erupting from the gum. And an eruption it was because by the first day of CNY, I already couldn’t eat properly and I needed the first of many paracetamol (in days to come) just to get through the day. I hardly take paracetamol even though it’s safe during breastfeeding because I didn’t want to risk affecting Lè meimei.
Why the extraction? I wanted to keep the tooth initially because
- It was already growing out above the surface of the gum.
- It’s gonna hurt like hell during extraction and the aftermath.
- I don’t like the dentist.
- I am freaking scared of sitting on the dentist’s chair.
- It’s not a good time (COVID-19) to go to a clinic of any kind because no one wears a mask at the dentist (okay turns out everyone including the recept wore one).
However, the pain soon got excruciating. To the point that even a bristle of my toothbrush could trigger a head-jaw-cheek numbing pain whenever I brushed. It remained a barely tolerant throbbing irritation at other times. I gargled with onguard and listerine, applied Bonjela and even sucked on Lè Meimei’s teething medicine (was really desperate at this point) but to no avail. By the time I finished an entire tab of paracetamol, I came to the conclusion that it had to go.
I chose a Q&M clinic despite it being poorly reviewed by everyone I asked simply because I know there’s not gonna be a huge crowd. But even then, I had to wait to get an available slot at an awkward timing. If you have a choice, perhaps you should think twice before putting yourself in that spot.
Please remember to request for your bill before payment and be sure to read through every item. I was billed for x-ray even though I didn’t do one that day. I had one done on a previous visit and my guess was that no one checked the image was current and still relevant. I only realized this after I got home. The clinic had since agreed to refund me the extra $80 but it would take 6 to 8 weeks for them to process and issue a cheque.
Take care of your teeth people. They are real gems and therefore a b*tch to remove.