Wisdom Teeth Removal
Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed and Save While You Holiday in Vietnam
If you have been told you need to have your wisdom teeth removed and have been delaying it, well there might be a solution if you happen to be coming to Vietnam. We happen to treat many patients over the past 15 years who said the fee and hospitalization was too high in their home country and therefore have put off surgery. Having to postpone any necessary treatment due to the hefty fees is becoming a common problem for those in Western countries that are uninsured.
We have offer a safe and reputable solution. Why not combine your travel to Vietnam with having your wisdom teeth removed? If you happen to be planning a trip to Vietnam. Wisdom teeth removal can be done at one of our Westcoast International Dental Clinics.
You may be one of five people we see in a month who:
- Happen to be traveling in Vietnam
- Been advised to have their wisdom teeth removed soon
- Couldn’t afford advised extraction and sedation fee
- Been looking for the right opportunistic time to have it done (i.e. on no school or work and have time to just heal and relax)
- Happen to get some pain in last few days or weeks
We have had the pleasure to meet many young people traveling to Vietnam, who have had their wisdom teeth removed without issues. You might feel that this is odd. Why go to a foreign country to have surgery. In fact, people are to Singapore for heart surgery, India for hip replacement and Vietnam for wisdom teeth surgery. The world and the internet has made it easier for people to do appropriate research to know how qualified and reputable any clinic and any prospective surgeon is. Westcoast is very proud to have been told what a great experience people have felt. And at the fee which is about 1/4 to 1/2 of the cost in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, or Australia. A typical anesthesia fee in Vancouver or Sydney is about 1000 CAN or AUD. Here’s the bonus… you can travel Vietnam while you heal and the savings often pay for your trip.
One young tourist, John McKinney from New York informed us: “I had several infections with my wisdom teeth but I couldn’t afford the 5000 US dollar estimate my surgeon gave me”. He had all 4 removed in Vietnam going under, for a fraction of the fee. John noted “It was the best experience I ever had. I recovered and went to Nha Trang to party at the Sailing Club the next day”. Not that we condone this behavior…
Another tourist, Rebecca Finley wanted to share her story. “While I was on holiday in Vietnam, my bottom wisdom tooth flared up. My entire face swelled up and I went to Westcoast to have it removed. In thirty minutes it was out. I was very happy to get an appointment so quickly.”
But Will Surgery Spoil My Trip?
If you are healthy, young and have a normal or better healing capacity, then you shouldn’t have any issue. Whether you heal in your home country or here in Vietnam, it really doesn’t matter. We have seen hundreds of tourists for surgery and then leaving for the beach or other adventure the next day. Dr. Andrew Tsang, a dentist with Westcoast practicing for 15 years in Vietnam, observes “I think patients actually might heal better when they are on holiday. Over the years I have noticed very few complaints following oral surgery from tourists. It is the combination of a cortical free experience, rich cognitive experience when traveling and the general adrenaline rush from visiting a new place and meeting new people that allows the body to heal remarkably.” Perhaps it’s also the fact that you can rest whenever you want and eat remarkably healthy Vietnamese food that assists one in healing.
What to expect after surgery
Recovery takes approximately two to seven days, with the socket area being fully closed in approximately three to four weeks.
Once you have undergone the surgical extraction procedure, there are several steps to take to ensure proper healing and recovery from the procedure.
During the first 24 hours after your wisdom teeth removal, you can expect some bleeding. To control bleeding, a moist, clean piece of gauze can be placed over the extraction site. Biting pressure applied for 45 minutes should stop the bleeding.
A teabag also is an effective alternative to gauze to prevent bleeding, with the added benefit of tannic acid, which assists in clot formation. If heavy bleeding occurs for an extended time, contact your oral surgeon or dentist.
Stitches may be used during your procedure if the wisdom tooth is impacted and must be removed from under the surface of the gum line. Most likely we use only self-dissolving ones so that you don’t need to see someone postoperatively. We will discuss with you whether or not you need to return to the dental office to have them removed.
Facial swelling may be expected after extraction. To relieve swelling, we give you an ice pack to apply to the face even before swelling occurs. This ice pack should be applied for 10 minutes and removed for 20 minutes, then repeated. This cycle can be repeated as often as necessary during the first 24 hours following removal and works well to control swelling.
For pain and discomfort, over the counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used. We also use codeine and other prescription pain relievers, if necessary. Antibiotics also may be prescribed prior to the procedure to clear any infections of the tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth. After extraction, it is important to continue taking the medication to prevent any infection.
Post-extraction, it also is necessary to maintain proper oral hygiene, as well as follow these recommendations:
- Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours immediately following a tooth extraction.
- Stick to a soft or liquid diet (milk, ice cream, mashed potatoes, pudding) the day of and the day after a tooth extraction, gradually progressing to eating other easy-to-chew foods. Chew with teeth that are far from the extraction site.
- Brush and floss the other teeth as usual, but avoid the teeth and gum next to the extraction socket.
- After the first 24 hours, gently rinse the socket with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water) after meals and before bed. Repeat this process for at least five days following extraction.
What do you do to support me while I’m in Vietnam?
Firstly we make sure your surgery is properly prepared and you are aware of what to expect. This includes the use of proper cone-beam CT scanning, for wisdom teeth with deep impactions and sleep sedation for patients who can’t open wide enough or prefer a gentle way of removal. We provide all medications and ice packs needed following the procedure Free of charge. We give detailed verbal and written instructions to help you get through the first few days with flying colors. Finally, we have daily support even on Sundays and Holidays. Our team routinely contacts you by email or SMS to ensure your first post surgery day is going well. We have clinics in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi so if you are traveling up or down the country, we can see you at either end. Often our doctor even gives you his phone number in case you need to ask him anything.
Will I be unable to eat anything in Vietnam?
Generally, we advise eating softer food because you may be more restricted in opening following the first day of surgery. But this will wear off. Most Vietnamese foods tend to be soup based such as Pho, Bun Bo Hue, Banh Canh and the country serves chewable and soft fish, seafood, pork and plenty of tofu. Beef might be the one exception that might be a little tough for the first few days.
On top of the abundance of delicious Vietnamese cuisine, you will find a plethora of other Asian and Western restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi! You will be able to find many foods to still enjoy after extraction.
What Can I Expect at Westcoast?
You should expect professionalism and quality care. We pride ourselves in making wisdom teeth surgery the best experience possible in a very modern environment.
At Westcoast we provide the type of care you would expect in your home country including:
- Informed consent and discussion about the procedure
- Piezotome surgery and non invasive surgery techniques
- Cone beam CT scanning for exact and precise surgery with prevention of complications
- Minimally invasive surgery that doesn’t open big wounds and do not excise away the jawbone (noted by Dr. Andrew Tsang)
- All medications are given no charge following the procedure