No need for wisdom

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  • He looked suspicious as I pointed my camera at him while he sold fruit from his little cart on the street. I asked him if I could take the picture, but I don’t think he understood. He just looked at me, then went back to cutting the fruit. I bought some of course, a little bowl for 20 Rupees (about 30 cents US, or 20 Pence UK).

    Actually, a small bowl of fruit was pretty much all I could eat today because in the morning I decided to visit a local dentist to get a wisdom tooth removed. It hadn’t been causing me any issues but a couple of years ago a dentist, who was working on my teeth, said that at some point it would need to be removed. So, with that in mind, I decided to take the opportunity of cheap dental care here in India, and have the work done today.

    Now, I’m not at all squeamish about visiting the dentist, but with only a local anesthetic I was aware that the tooth was putting up quite a fight as the dentist gripped my head and really pulled hard on the belligerent tooth. There was quite a bit of twisting and pulling but it didn’t take long until I was walking out of the dental surgery with less wisdom and a little less money than before.

    The dentist kindly gave me a bit of cotton wool to bleed onto and a bag of assorted nondescript drugs that I’m supposed to take in a complicated order at specific intervals. Of course, I forgot all those instructions within moments of leaving the dental surgery. That could be a problem, but I’m sure it’ll be fine if I just mix’n’match the medication with fruit chunks and chai bought from a dirty cart on the side of a dusty street in Delhi. I mean come on, what could possibly go wrong?

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    1. How much did the dental work cost? I’ve always been tempted by Indian liposuction to shift my stubborn belly fat.

      • LOL! Funny. As for the dental work, it cost 40,000 rupees (£40) which in Indian terms was a fortune. But that also included a full check up, a really thorough clean, and a brown bag full of drugs and toothpaste! 🙂

        I negotiated that from his first and second prices he asked for, and I could have pushed a lot harder, but to be fair I was really happy with his work and I’m not kidding, I had zero pain when the anesthetic wore off a couple of hours later.

        In the UK when I had some dental work done a single anesthetic injection cost £13! So that puts it in some perspective for you. In the USA when I had a dental abcess, the cost for treating that was staggering – we’re talking potentially thousands! In the end I treated that myself with Amoxicillin which I carry with me in my emergency medical supplies (which I re-stocked next time I was in Asia).

        At the same time another friend had a wisdom tooth removed in Europe under full anesthesia. She was in a great deal of pain for a week! I was back on the motorbike tearing around Delhi the moment I walked out of his (very clean) surgery.

        Now, Nitin, my CS host, said there were FAR cheaper options available. But I told him I wanted the best. Would I have gotten it somewhere cheaper? I don’t think so!

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