The Painful (and Costly) Removal of my Wisdom Teeth


My dearest blog,
Forgive me if I have neglected you. Trust me, not a day had passed that I didn't stress myself to finally update you. There's just so many things that have occupied my time and energy these past few weeks, including my oral surgery and the search for the perfect apartment. Okay, I'll probably start with the painful (and expensive!) oral surgery to remove my 2 impacted wisdom teeth.



Last year, I felt something strange in my mouth. There are 2 teeth which are starting to come out of my gums. There isn't really any pain at all but since it was strange, I googled it and right away I knew they were impacted wisdom teeth. Of course I went to my lady dentist and have her checked my set of teeth. The panoramic xray result confirmed they were impacted and they needed to be removed. If not, these teeth may cause extreme tooth decay and bad breath. On some unlucky and hardcore cases, these could cause cyst and tumor.

I got so scared! (ang gaga ko kasi, nanood pa ako ng madaming videos sa youtube kung pano ang oral surgery procedure). To make the story short, I postponed it. First, Im not ready to spend P10,000 for this operation. Second, Im flying to Singapore and Indonesia- and obviously I wont enjoy this trip if I've undergone a surgery. Third, Im scared (ulet-ulet?). Fourth, I dont have much Sick Leave to use after the operation. (convertible to cash ang SL namin, sayang naman.)

A year has passed and Im beginning to feel extreme toothache. Another not so good thing, my front teeth began to compress because the impacted teeth are pushing their way out. I know I don't have the perfect set of teeth, but at least they were aligned. Now, it became semi-crooked. Great. Now I needed to wear braces after the surgery to have my teeth aligned again. Ang gastos.

That's the time when I finally decided to have them removed. I really wished to have this surgery done in a fine dental clinic at The Fort, but the dentist quoted me P8,000 per tooth. Okay, that's just very steep for me. Too bad, health cards dont cover oral surgeries like this. So as always, I googled for some recommended (and reasonably-priced) dentists. I can't just risk any dentist to perform the surgery. One minor mistake could make my tongue numb forever.

panoramic xray of impacted wisdom teeth.
not mine, this lucky guy has 4 problematic teeth. ^_^


Based on recommendations, I chose Dr. Charlston Uy. Contact number is 708.8782 / 546.7841. His clinic is located at Celestial Marie Bldg., 950 AH Lacson Ave Sampaloc, Manila. It's just across UST.
I went to his clinic and had my panoramic xray done. Dr. Uy explained to me the condition of my teeth. I told him I wanted the two wisdom teeth removed on that same day. He said it's fine but it really depends on my pain tolerance. Oh well, pain is all is the mind- or so I thought.

The dentist sprayed something on my tooth. The 4-5 injections came next. It is a bit painful but very tolerable. Afterall, the anesthesia is beginning to take effect. I was watching the tv while the dentist proceeded with the extraction. In less than 10 mins, he had removed my 1st tooth and he began to stitch my gums. Bloody and gross!

He then asked me if he shall proceed with the next tooth. Oh dear, my whole mouth is so numb and swollen I cant even close my lips. However, I really wanted to have both of my teeth removed that day. Besides Im not even sure if I wanted to experience this pain again so might as well do it now. Isang sakit nalang for both teeth. After another 15 mins passed, both my impacted wisdom teeth were removed.

a fake and numb smile after the oral surgery
photo stolen from my brother's instagram

The operation went well and smooth, thank God. It was such a relief. I was advised to take 3-5 days of rest and mentioned the things I need to do for the post surgery recovery.

The cost: Dr. Uy charged me P500 for the panoramic xray and P8,000 for both teeth. The prescription drugs amounted to P2,000++. My P10,000 is gone in 1 day. Ouch.

Dr. Charlston uY
Oral Surgery, Orthodonthics, and Esthetic Dentistry
Celestial Marie Bldg., 950 AH Lacson Ave Sampaloc, Manila
tel 708.8782 / 546.7841
mobile 0917.596.6808
Clinic Hours: Mon-Sat (10am-6pm) Sun (9am-12:30 by appointment)

Two hours after, the anesthesia wore off. I hardly noticed that my tears started to fall. Haha. I began to feel the cuts and stitches in my gums. Ang sakit sobra. I immediately took pain killers and my mother prepared hot and cold compress bags for me. Other say I should've removed 1 tooth instead, but actually I dont regret it. I would never want to experience that kind of pain again so might as well just do it for once and it's over. Isa pa, ang mahal ng antibiotics! Mas tipid kung sabayan na ang paggamot. =)

Im a self confessed carnivore, and one of the hardest thing to do is not to eat meat for 3 weeks. Both sides of my gums cant be used for chewing so for 3 weeks I only ate mashed potato and macaroni soup. Ang lungkot ng buhay ko.

On the brighter side,

3 weeks of no rice and no meat = unintentional weigh loss ♥


Braces? I have plans, but Ive got no budget for that as of now. Mas mahalaga ang hefty bank certificate for the S.Korea visa application. ^_^

I still miss you blog.
Chyng

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45 responses:

Chyng said...

muntik na matapos ang August na hindi man lang ako nakaisang blog entry. haaay

Gracie said...

Ouch, get well soon. Sa tingin ko mas masakit sa bulsa magpadentista hehe. Happy trip idol!

Milet Miranda said...

Uy like ko yung hefty bank cert for S.Korea :)

michi said...

I feel you, I've experienced that and I don't want to experience it again. P7k per tooth sa kin, 5 years ago. so ok na yung charge sayo. =D

KUMAGCOW said...

Saken chyng 10K per tooth wala nakong magawa LOL

icohgnito said...

Now I'm scared. My dentist told me that if my wisdom teeth will become a hindrance to the alignment of my teeth by braces, she had to remove them. Now I wish they won't.

Vash Lingan said...

Aww, pero un nga magiging maganda naman benefits ng pagtanggal nun ate chyng! God Bless and Happy trip sa S.Korea mo. can't wait.

Photo Cache said...

painful experience, both physically and financially. ang mahal pala. wala bang dental insurance coverage jan?

michymichymoo said...

Scary!!!!!!!!!

http://www.dekaphobe.com/

Chasing Philippines said...

Nagkaron din ako ng minor operation like that... 4 na wisdom teeth yung tinanggal... kaya feeling ko wala na akong wisdom ngayon :p

Kaloka! 10k kagad!

KULAPITOT said...

chyng namiss kong magblog ka at magpost :)

Nicole said...

grabe teh! Nararamdaman ko ang sakit.:(( namiss kita! :)

khantotantra said...

isang ipin pa nga lang ang tanggalin, masakit na, uncomfy pa, tapos sa iyo 2. tapos dun sa isang nagcomment, apats... scary ang ganyang proseso

Milka Bago said...

oh my god. parang ganito rin ung sa ngipin ko. hindi ko pa napapacheck up.

madie said...

saken naman, abnormal yung growth nya,nasa labas sya kasi maliit daw jaw ko (as what i understood from my dentist). i was also advised to undergo operation which will last 2HOURS on ONE TOOTH alone kaloka pero it's not root canal daw. and hindi din nya inadvise na sabay bunutin yung 2 wisdom teeth ko (btw, all four are growing na kakaloka lang ang ngilo!) kasi baka daw hindi na ko totally makakain. she's quoting me 6k per tooth ouch. pero double ouch ung operation kaya hindi ko pa din sya pinapatangal

mojita_yanipot said...

Sis! Nabuhay ka! Hehehe. I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed early last year... (Or was it the other year pa?). It cost me roughly 17k coz I was too chicken. T'was originally 10k for the surgery, but I paid the extra 7k for an anesthesiologist. LOL!

Had mine removed at Friendly Care in SM Taytay. Didn't wanna travel far. Hehe.

chyngreyes.com said...

^ whoa grabe ang mahal ng sayo. 17K per tooth. hehe

well id rather pay more kesa hindi magaling na surgeon ang gumawa at pumalya pa.. mas magastos ang infections.

Manong Unyol said...

grabe ang mahal na pala ngayon.. masakit na nga masakit pa sa bulsa... lahat masakit sayang pang trravel din yun hehehe hehehe

witsandnuts said...

It's costly. Sana covered sya ng insurance.

Anonymous said...

katakot tuloy.parang mas masakit root canal :-( dinedelay ko lang

kim buenafe said...

i can relate! magastos talaga ang surgery. had the same problem before and i shed 10k++ actually half of my earnings go to my ortho. saklap lang dba? nwy, hope you'll go back to blogging na. i miss your travel stories!

p.s.
when are you going to s.korea? :)

ASC said...

you were awake for it? i had 3 taken on the same day, but i was completely knocked out. the pain was terrible and the pain killers can make you kinda loopy. it's better to get it done sooner rather than later. =D

SunnyToast said...

hope everything is okay with you now:)

Anonymous said...

nice to see u back! you're one brave lady not to mention mayaman! ;D looking forward to your apartment 101 post! that's my problem e! ;P god bless chyng!

Overthinker Palaboy said...

syempe natakot ako. tatlo yung wisdom teeth ko na tumutubo. At sa sabado nako magpapacheck up. hindi naman impacted pero nasisira ang alignment ng ngipin ko. Natatakot na tuloy ako. Haha.

bertN said...

Ang mahal palang magpabunot ng ngipin sa atin ngayon!

pusang kalye said...

so pinaka-effective to for losing weight kung ganun!hahaha

Cotz said...

omg nakakatakot, parang ansakit talaga pala. i've worn braces for almost 5yrs and it was removed last april, with findings that 1 wisdom tooth came out. they say they need extract it asap or it may cause newly aligned teeth to become crooked once again. that was in april, hanggang ngayon di pa ko bumabalik sa dentist ko. :D

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this blog. I actually have impacted teeth although la pa ko mararamdaman kaya d ko pa pinatatanggal. Hope you are well now. my cousin actually had his teeth extracted lat yr but tool late coz he got his cheeks affected. now, my dinples na sya ( nadamay cheeks nya sa sweeling ng gum, ouch ). Makapag ipon na nga for this, scared din ako!

Anonymous said...

*last , *dimples, * swelling sorry puro typo

Kat said...

Two years na yata ako nag-pprocrastinate sa pag-papatanggal ng 2 wisdom tooth ko kasi bukod sa mahal nga, takot ako sa mga medical procedure nyaha at never pa ko nabunutan ng teeth in my life kaya di ko alam kung kakayanin ko ang impacted tooth extraction. yikes!

Christeen said...

geez...I am planning to havve my wisdom teeth removed by november, after reading your blog - baka next year nalang haha ;)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

wahhhhhh! sobrang hirap talaga ng impacted tooth... i had one... parehas tayo, pinatanggal ko lang nung hindi ko na kaya ang sakit... hahaha! i had it delayed hanggat kaya ko kc ang mahal mahal talaga... ahahaha! pero masaya talaga kapag natanggal na, just have to bear the pain... congrats for losing 5 pounds! sexiness! woohoo! :)

Dentists in Grand Rapids said...

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Anonymous said...

hi po... may braces po ako at 2 years na e2 d ako regular na bumabalik sa dentista ko style nya kc apoint ako ngayun xempre bayad ako and then pinababalik ako kinabukasan eh kc d daw natapus tapus pinababayad ako ulit hehe and the this time she dcided na ipa bunot ang ngipin ko and then eh refer nya lang ako. when naka upo na ako sa chair ng refered dctor ko and atmpting na bunutin d nya matanggal grabe na yung force na gnawa nya hanggang sumakit na yung jaw ko my God she said i really need a new x-ray kc matggal na to eh kaya uwi ako after the next day. layo pa ng pina x-rayhan ko i was sufferig from that pain then.. d pa nabunot parang mamatay na ako tapus nagyun d pa natanngga my gums was totaly damage call daw xa after she understand the situation of my teeth

Jerick Palacio said...

Sakin 5k isang ngipin, kahapon lng yung surgery ko. Ngayong magang-maga pa yung panga ko and I have 4 stitches inside. Sobrang ouch and the operation took 2hrs to remove the impacted tooth out. HIRAP!!!! but at least now it is removed.

Melo said...

Lakas ng loob, dalawa agad. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Awww, I was planning to have my impacted wisdom tooth extracted, which was suggested by my dentist, pero pinostpone ko lang dahil sa takot, ngek. The more I researched about it, the more I get nervous. Yung sinabi mo na "ang sakit, sobra...." sabi ko wag na lang, try ko tiisin huhu, pero I am feeling the pain na, kelangan na talaga i-surgery...

Thiago daLuz said...

Well, it's certainly a big deal. I wouldn't trust anything short of a full-service, board certified impacted tooth extraction in Mechanicsburg PA. My son had no problems with his wisdom teeth, but when I was his age they were a huge problem.

Anonymous said...

Had mine extracted for 10,200.00 for 1 tooth. :( Ang mahal pero the operation lasted for 2 hours. Mukhang nahirapan yung doctora ko. Sobrang ngalay na yung panga ko. After ng operation parang 15 mins nawala na effect ng anesthesia, super saket tlga. Ramdam mo yung cut sa gums mo. huhu. Kakapabunot ko palang almost 1 month ago. :/

Anonymous said...

At 51, I felt the pain of my wisdom tooth unbearable. 25 years ago, my dentist recommended surgery to remove my wisdom tooth which cannot come out due to limited space. I haven't had any permanent tooth extracted. I was thinking that as I age, this tooth will just "shrink" and won't give me any trouble.

But last May 8, 2014 the pain started and I have to go to the dentist after 4 days of bearing the extreme pain which gave me sleepless nights. He recommended surgery after the swelling is gone. His price is P15,000 minimum. I'm in Batangas. I asked one of my officemates and she told me that she paid P175,000 for 4 teeth extracted from her daughter at Asian Hospital last year. Price is P30,000 per tooth plus other charges- too exorbitant!

So, I started searching the internet and found Dr. Charlston Uy. I already got his number and I am now setting an appointment with him.

Thanks for this blog. I'm quite afraid but from your experience, I got the assurance that everything will be okay.

Anonymous said...

I just had my wisdom tooth extracted yesterday by Dr Uy.Sobrang happy naman ako kasi wala talagang pain at di ko nga namalayan natangal na pala ang ipin ko.
I had my xray done april last year and was advised na may sira na ang upper left wisdom tooth ko at kailangan ng matangal.Sabi nung unang dentist w/c is accredited ng HMO ko e medyo delikado daw kasi mukhang malapit na nerve. Takot pa naman akong magpabunot so I hold off for a year coz I have to muster some strength and to make ipon for the surgery 7k - 8k kasi ang singil.Good thing I stumbled upon forums and blogs like this won mentioned Dr Uy and most of them are very happy with the results. Finally, I decided na talaga ipabunot wala na akong mahanap na rason to hold it off.
I am very happy with the result.Sabi nya simple extraction lang daw and from the initial 7k-8k I only paid 500php. It's been a day pero wala talagang paid after the anesthesia worn off. Hindi nga ako uminom ni isang pain reliever.. antibiotic lang talaga.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog. I was also able to have my lower left wisdom tooth extracted last May 17, 2014 by Dr. Uy. I paid P6000 instead of the P15k required by my dentist in Batangas. I did not mind traveling from Batangas to Pasay, because I want a specialist to do the operation. Besides, I'll be paying less.

The operation lasted only for about 30 minutes; thanks to the proficiency of Dr. Uy. But I cannot deny that it was a very painful and nerve-wracking experience. Until now, 10 days after, some pain is still here and I'm still on soft diet. Anyway, I think the main reason is that I'm already 51 years old and recovery at my age is quite slow. According to Dr. Uy, mine is a rare case, because wisdom tooth problems usually occur in the 20's.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Thanks for this post. Recently, I found the best clinic(for me) named Estetico Manila. They take care my teeth for almost half a year. Thanks to my Makati dentist, if you are in Makati, I recommended them. I guarantee you wll get a better smile.

Claire Santiago said...

Just had my upper wisdom teeth extracted today. What's very amazing was the answered prayer we said before the operation. The Dentist is so good that she encourages you to trust God and leave your fears to him. It was really a relief. Visit Doc Yao in MCY Dental. She's very approchable

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