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Scaling -- procedure in which a dentist or dental hygienist removes plaque, calculus, and stains from teeth by scraping it off, usually with a hand scaler and/or an ultrasonic scaler. This process helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
source : http://www.ahealthyme.com/topic/dentalprocedures

Friday 21 March- There was a speaking test for Mandarin Language I which required me to perform a 3 pages dialog and performing a song 'Xiao Wei' with my colleagues. After Friday prayer, i remembered about UiTM Dental Clinic which offers free dental services..Yup..free(Dental Faculty will provide a free service to those who brave enough to be their lab rats..i mean patients)..My friends brags about their teeth being cleaned. Proudly showed their 'Cleaned Teeth' but i don't remember about them telling me about PAIN RELATED consequences due to SCALING PROCEDURE. I do remember them showing their bloody gum soon after the procedure finished but none about PAIN mentioned.

I admit that i am traumatized by my childhood experience on dental clinics. You know, the one that came to your school and stay there for weeks to settle any dental related problems in every students in your schools. Unfriendly nurses and attendants. Each time your friend came back from their lair with green cards in their hands, you would pray so that the card wasn't belongs to you. But if your name came up, you would pretend to be brave but deep in your heart, you are afraid because the one that brings your card to your class is bitting blood soaked gauss in his/her mouth.

Hmmm..i do remember the time that i kicked a nurse who is trying to hold my feet still on 'The Chair'. 5 person holding my body to keep my head still and that unlucky nurse is just unlucky to be kicked by me. Don't blame me. The other nurse wanted to inject anesthetics on the gum and i said "TAKMAU!"(that syringe was larger than the biggest needle i ever saw that time). Wearing prefects uniforms (All White), it does not lend me enough courage to pretend to be brave that time due to the size of the syringe. The girls who were waiting for their turns giggles while watching the 'drama'. I was in Standard 5. That was the first time my tooth being pulled out for an unknown reason.(No Explanation Given)


The nightmare regarding dental related encountering experience continues when i was in UTM. A tooth has to be pulled out because it causes too much pain. The dentist was a very beautiful women(seriously) but failed to encourage me to be braver. She tried to calm me down after i freaked out when she hammered the neighboring tooth (which is healthy and does not cause any pain. She asked whether it was painful but i replied that i am not sure if that was painful or not). She prescribe some medications (antibiotics) because she could not conclude whether the neighboring tooth was healthy enough before she could perform the procedure. I was scheduled for the next 2 weeks but i did not showed up. The pain came back a month later and again, i came back to her to seek treatment. I freaked out AGAIN (in front of this beautiful dentist) and given just 3 days to finish another batch of antibiotics(more powerful than the previous one). The fourth day, i surrendered my tooth to be pulled out. Seeing the same size syringe that would channeled anesthetics in to my gum freaked me out again but i decided to close my eyes and pray so that i would not feel any pain. WRONG.. I opened my eyes because i was in pain. It was so painful but you can not scream or run from it. I had to endure it to earn the respect of this beautiful dentist. But the painful chapter does not end there. The problematic tooth broken in to 2 pieces. The smaller pieces pierced through my gum. Instead of bleeding for 6-12 hours, my gum bleed for about 36 hours. It stopped for a while around the 24th hours but it continue to bleed again during the midnight.

Here in UiTM, i sensed butterfly in my stomach. I tried to put my brave face on(pretty girls were around) but my body languages tells the truth. The guy who was with me waiting for turns asked whether i am ok or not. "Of course I am OK. Why?" "You look tensed." Thank you for telling me things that I already know.

It was painful. There was not too much deposits to be removed but it was my 1st scaling procedure. It successfully cleaned out the inner part of my teeth(I thought that i can never be removed). I can not describe how painful it was. For certain people it doesn't cause as much pain as I had encountered. Depends on how often and how effective a person can cleaned up their teeth. Owh...Depends on their DENTAL PHOBIA level also i guess.

The gum massage procedure were comfortable. I began to relax a bit while listening to the dentist lecture on how should i treat my teeth after the procedure. Gargled some water and puked saliva mixed with blood.

I walked out from the room like nothing happened. I wonder if some other patients (most concern about the girls) heard me writhing in pain while in there. The pain short lived. The joy of seeing the new look of my teeth defies all. It is my turn to brag my new cleaned teeth to others and telling them that only true man would perform the procedure.

Please go and check your teeth every 6 month. Perform anything necessary to make sure that each of them stays with you until you die. I lost one already.

Owh..don't be bothered about the pictures of infected tooth and how dental procedures performed that hanging in most of Dental Clinics. Try not to think about it or you may find yourself the way out before anything done.

Regards,
MOHD HAFIZ SAFWAN MD RIJANI
UiTM SHAH ALAM

2 people wrote something:

baru sikit je sakit tu....
tu lah lain kali berus lah gigi tu selalu baru tak sakit kena buat rawatan ok......

 

uitm shah alam? where's the dental fac? kalau servis macam braces tu, ada orang buat ke kat situ? :P

 
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