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My First Tooth Extraction Experience

I had my tooth extracted last Friday. It was my first ever experience. *I secretly hope there will be no more but I doubt it. I have 1 more bad tooth, now with filling. Not sure how long that can last. Gulps (forever I hope haha)*

So how do you think it went?

To tell you the truth, I was more nervous on Tuesday (the day I went to see the dentist for the toothache) than on Friday, THE extraction day itself. I must thank these women for sharing their tooth extraction stories with me. So THANK YOU Grandma, Mom, Dawn & Swee San.

On Friday, I arrived at the dentist a couple of minutes before 8.30pm. There was no patient and I was ushered in immediately. I was quite calm. I managed to block my mind off about the extraction the whole day and previous day… kind of. I did think about it but I didn’t make it worse. Wednesday was the hardest. My whole Wednesday was tensed and anxious… like I was floating.

First I tried to con my mind that I’m going to bungee jump instead of ‘cabut gigi’ haha. From there I think how the bungee jump adventure will be once in a lifetime experience! So why fret about it? I tried to get my mind focus on the Now. You know how a worrier mind works? They’ll jump to the past and future… thinking what if this happens, what if that happens, why didn’t I brush my teeth correctly, imagine what if the extraction process gone wrong and so on. So I must say this time I’m quite successful. I managed to get my mind thinking about NOW which is the present. Just do it. Think of it as the adventure of a lifetime. Wohooo!

Ok so back to the dentist. He sedated my upper right gum twice with I guess is anesthetic. Time was 8.30pm. I make sure I check the duration of the extraction so that I can blog about it. Haha The injection is painless. Having your arm injected is more painful. Seriously.

He left me for few minutes for the anesthetic to take effect. Slowly I can feel the numbness at my upper right gum. And then the dentist came back and began the pulling. A nurse held my head and then I ‘uuuhhhhh’. The dentist stopped.

I asked “Okay already?”

“Not yet” said the dentist.

I said “I can still feel some pain”

“Okay I inject another one (third)” said the dentist.

And very quickly began pulling again. And before 3 second past, it was over.

“Okay already?” I asked the second time.

“Yup” said the dentist. He added “You don’t need the 3rd injection actually.”

And he showed me the extracted tooth.

Do you wanna see it? If yes, please scroll down… hehe
If you don’t wanna see it, please also scroll down hahaha

My upper right wisdom tooth. πŸ™‚ Not very clear.
Nearly half the tooth is decayed. Eeeee

There was no pain during the extraction (of course) but I can feel my tooth being pulled as if weeds being pulled from the soil. I didn’t see the tools used by the dentist though as I was spectacle-less. I imagine it would be something like a pliers?

Oh btw the extraction was completed at 8.37pm. Fast right? haha

I walked out of the clinic very proud of myself. πŸ™‚ *pat pat*

The bleeding continued until the very next afternoon. No serious bleeding. Even after the anesthetic has worn off, I didn’t feel any pain from the now ‘bald’ gum. The only pain is the gum area that was pricked by the needle. 2 days after the extraction, my gum developed a white sore… at the area the needle being pricked (I guess). Is this normal?

Today 4 days later, I still chew on the left side. The white sore is still there.

So ahem Xin, time to go to the dentist?

p/s: I’m not that brave actually. I had my mom talking to me the whole of the extraction process. Soothing mother’s voice. Haha

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  • Reply kitkat November 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    you are brave…not many dare to go to the dentist g=to get their teeth pulled out like that..darn..that teeth is seriously rotten…

  • Reply Benghui November 24, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    i an scared of dentist

  • Reply Dawn November 25, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Bravo, missy!! Your’s was darn quick. I saw the tools the dentists used for both my tooth extraction…yes, they look like pliers…..very shiny ones!

  • Reply tekkaus November 25, 2009 at 8:44 am

    War…what happened to your teeth? Too many sugar is it? :p You are really brave. I am afraid at the sight of the dentist. πŸ™‚

  • Reply xin November 25, 2009 at 9:38 am

    *clap clap clap* omg u are so brave!!! but the injection part is totally a turn off πŸ™ and i have to break the tooth to extract it from underneath the gum…..bah!!! but i have decided to do it next year πŸ˜€ maybe in january

  • Reply Bryan November 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

    This post reminds me one of my wisdom teeth also need to be extracted. :p

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Kitkat, I have to pull it. I don’t want to suffer and eat only at 1 side of the mouth. Can’t enjoy food with one side. Food taste doesn’t the same eating at one side only. Really.

    Benghui, it’s all in the head only.

    Dawn, thanks to you. Hehe Shiny pliers? oh thank god I didn’t have to see it. Haha

    Tekkaus, I didn’t brush the innermost teeth properly. I didn’t know there are teeth on both side of the upper mouth (paling dalam one)… didn’t explore with my hand… that’s the only way to find out ma.

    Xin, injection part no pain wor. Extract the tooth root from underneath the gum is what I wanted to avoid. That’s why I had it now… before the whole tooth are rotten.

    Bryan, yours… scary experience?

  • Reply foongpc November 25, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    OK, I hope I’ll never have to visit the dentist for any kind of tooth extraction!

  • Reply foongpc November 25, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    But you are good eh? Practising the technique of Eckhart Tolle? Haha!

  • Reply foongpc November 25, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    So must see your teeth is it? Whether want to or not, still got to scroll down and see it! LOL!

    Alamak! I thought you so brave, actually your mom is there by your side! Haha

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 25, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Foongpc, surely you won’t la. You rajin gosok gigi lo. Hehe
    Yes the Eckhart Tolle way. Love it.
    Even if you don’t want to see my tooth you also need to scroll down to comment right? πŸ˜› My mom is my antidote. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jason November 26, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Wah, that is one decayed tooth. >.<

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Jason, hehe yeah. Thank God the toothache nightmare is over.

  • Reply jam November 29, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Aiyo! Bring mother along for tooth extraction? Why not bringing Chester along?

  • Reply Swee December 3, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    your first tooth extraction is the wisdom tooth!! I think I will still freak out if u ask me to go for extraction even after I’ve done it 5 times T___T

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 5, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Swee, yeah wisdom tooth… a useless one as said by the doctor because this tooth serve no purpose at all. I will still freak out if I were to go for my second one. It’s all in the head ya. Haha

  • Reply Mazu December 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    “but I can feel my tooth being pulled as if weeds being pulled from the soil. I didn’t see the tools used by the dentist though as I was spectacle-less. I imagine it would be something like a pliers?”

    -Agreed with u- like weeds being pulled from the soil….still remember ….of course there was no pain but for me, after the extraction, i felt my mouth “ternganga” for hours, seems like my jaw got loose…huhuh….

  • Reply Che-Cheh December 17, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Mazu, haha I didn’t ternganga. Every time I think about the ‘weed pulling’ thing… geli.

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