Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Use Your Medisave for Wisdom Tooth Surgery

The wisdom tooth is the third last molars. Most people have one in each quadrant of the mouth. However, it is not uncommon to find individuals with less than 4 wisdom teeth.Because this tooth usually erupts when the person is about 18-21 years of age, it is called the wisdom tooth. In reality, the tooth is often non-functional or even problematic.

When there is insufficient space in the jaw for the tooth to emerge fully, the wisdom tooth may get trapped under the gum and bone. Partial eruption makes the tooth susceptible to gum infection which may result in recurrent bouts of pain and swelling. Left alone for long periods, chronic gum infection can lead to fibrous growths or cyst formation.

In certain cases, the tooth may be slanted against the next tooth – the second molar. The resulting gap between the two teeth traps food and promotes bad breath as well as decay

Wisdom tooth surgery is usually carried out to save the second molar or stop the recurrence of gum swelling. In some individuals, the eruption of their wisdom teeth coincides with the appearance of their front teeth being pushed together. Wisdom tooth surgery is also performed to allay fears of crowding/overlapping front teeth, though there is no strong evidence to prove that the crowding front teeth is the direct result of pressure from erupting wisdom teeth.

Payment For Dental Surgery With Medisave

Medisave audits have been driving many dental clinics crazy. Almost no clinic can escape without refunding money due to “over claiming”. It has been and will always be our clinic’s policy to help our patients claim the maximum amount that MOH and CPF Board allow. We are not in the position to dictate or even advise our patients on what to do with their own money.

On the other hand, organisations which regulate the use of Medisave funds have the duty of protecting our patients’ Medisave reserves. The maximum claimable amounts stipulated by MOH are not meant to cover 100% of the bill. As private practitioners, however, we always try our best to charge and claim in a way that results in no cash payment on the part of our patients. Nevertheless, this is not always possible. MOH has very rigid guidelines on the maximum claimable amount for a particular type of wisdom tooth condition. At the MOH side, the evaluation is based purely in x-rays.

After Wisdom Tooth Surgery

You will get Swelling and difficulty when you are open your mouth .
bite firmly on the gauze provided for at least half an hour. Take your painkillers before the numbness wears out. Do not keep spitting or rinsing your mouth. Swallow your saliva. Put the Ice/cold packs are very effective in controlling swelling when applied immediately after surgery. Remember to apply it outside your cheek. Never put ice inside your mouth or apply for more than 20 mins at one time. Allow 10 min intervals between ice applications. Please do not smoke, drink very hot drinks or alcohol and do not exercise , exert yourself. Get plenty of rest at home and take care not to bite your lip when it is numb. And last one when bleeding has stopped, eat soft food and keep the wound clean. Remember to see your dentist for the follow up.

MOST IMPORTANT you must take the antibiotics prescribed to you to prevent infection. We will also prescribe and dispense drugs for pain and swelling for you.

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