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What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are those teeth at the back of your mouth that come in at a later stage in your life. They are called third permanent molars and usually erupt after the age of 17. If they line up well with the other teeth, everything is all right and no further action is needed.
Why Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed when they don’t have enough room to grow or are positioned incorrectly. Sometimes they grow horizontally pushing into the neighbouring teeth. This can cause several issues. For starters, they will crowd the teeth and could even damage neighbouring teeth. Second, they may become trapped as they are not able to fully emerge (impacted wisdom teeth). And third, you will not be able to properly clean all the surfaces in your mouth.
Other reasons why you might need wisdom tooth surgery is gum disease, tooth decay that may affect surrounding teeth, sudden pain in one or more wisdom teeth, cysts, and repeated infection. If you think you might be dealing with an impacted tooth, the staff at our dental clinic will be more than happy to assist you.
Extraction tool (dental elevator)
How Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removed?
To have your wisdom teeth extracted, you will need to get a minor surgical procedure is used. To ensure patient comfort during wisdom tooth removal, dental providers administer some kind of anaesthesia prior to the treatment. In most cases, a local anaesthetic does the trick but in rare conditions, sedation and even general anaesthesia may be employed, depending on the complexity of the job.
The surgical removal begins by prepping the area. An incision in the gum tissue is used to uncover more of the tooth structure so it’s easy to pull out. If there is bone, that makes it impossible for the dentist to reach the tooth root, they will remove it as necessary. Sometimes the tooth is much easier to extract in chunks rather than all at once. Hence, the technician will divide it into sections and work on them one by one.
Once the tooth comes out, the site has to be cleaned of any remaining particles. The wound may be left as is or it will be stitched with sutures. The last step is to apply gauze over the treatment area to keep minor bleeding under control.
Wisdom Tooth Surgery and Extraction Cost
The cost of wisdom tooth extraction in Singapore falls within the range of $695 to $1,658 per tooth. The price is formed based on the complexity of the job, the facility you go to, plus the use of anaesthesia. Everyone charges differently for these procedures.
And just so you know, the cost of wisdom tooth surgery is fully or partially covered by Medisave, which means you can claim reimbursement for the surgical extraction from your insurance provider.
Wisdom Tooth Surgery Process
The process of wisdom tooth surgery is not very different from other dental procedures.
Before impacted wisdom tooth surgery
Before you even begin, you will need to have a dental checkup to confirm that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted. After that, you will schedule an appointment with your dentist.
It is advisable that you undergo wisdom tooth removal on a full stomach because you will need to abstain from food for a few hours after that. You don’t have to do anything special to prepare for the treatment unless your surgeon tells you so. All you have to do is show up for your appointment. The staff will do the rest. When you arrive, they will sit you down and give you anaesthesia.
What to expect after wisdom tooth surgery?
Wisdom teeth removal surgery will leave a wound in your mouth that will cause jaw stiffness, swelling and oozing out of blood every now and then during the first 24-48 hours. There will be a blood clot formation in the tooth socket, the purpose of which is to prevent excessive bleeding.
There will also be discomfort and pain. To minimise facial swelling, add more pillows on your bed as you go to sleep to keep your head elevated. If the pain becomes unbearable, even though you’ve used pain medicine, this is a red flag. Do not hesitate to contact your dentist or oral surgeon. As the first week goes by so should the pain and discomfort.
Aftercare and Recovery of Impacted Wisdom Tooth Surgery
What to do
Take your medication as prescribed. Since this is oral surgery, you may need antibiotic treatment to curb infection.
As you go home, you want to apply cold on the side of your face that was affected during the wisdom tooth extraction.
Wait for the local anaesthetic to fully wear off before you have a meal. On the first day you should stick with soft foods like Greek yoghurt, blended soups, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, mashed bananas, etc. You don’t want your mouth to be engaged with too much chewing. As time goes by, you will find that you get more and more comfortable eating.
Maintain good oral hygiene. You may not be able to use a toothbrush on the first day but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash your teeth after eating. In the next days, you should brush with a soft toothbrush.
You don’t have to postpone any activities after your treatment but you should consider getting more rest on the first day so that your body can use that energy to heal. Make sure you get enough quality sleep too. Sleep has been proven to affect the body’s abilities to repair. It has protective and restorative functions and is especially important for a fast wound healing process.
Things to avoid
You should limit vigorous physical activities and let your body do its job.
Keep your hands off the treatment site and do not stick anything in it. Foreign objects might contaminate the surgical wound causing gum infection.
Do not rinse your mouth too aggressively. Simply place some rinsing solution in your mouth and move it gently around. It’s best to opt for salt water since it’s not as strong as commercial mouth rinses.
Steer clear of alcohol. The last thing your body needs right now is something that will prohibit the healing process. Alcohol is known to kill bacteria - and we’re talking about the good bacteria here - so do yourself a favour and put down the glass of wine for at least a week after your surgical extraction.
You can easily manage pain episodes with some over-the-counter medication. Your dentist will probably prescribe you something but if they don’t, you can opt for Ibuprofen.
Do not apply pressure to the wound site
A cold compress (ice pack) may provide some pain relief but don’t overdo it
Why Choose Pristine Dentalworks for Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Surgery?
Pristine Dentalworks helps patients to walk all the way from damaged teeth to a beautiful smile. We can plan the entire journey and predict the results with confidence. While you are comfortably seated on the dental chair, we will perform all the tooth extraction steps in a careful and professional manner. We are equipped with a variety of tools and machines to provide a painless wisdom tooth extraction process with. Thanks to our equipment, we know where exactly to use our instruments so as not to cause nerve damage to the affected tissue or adjacent teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions about wisdom teeth surgery in Singapore
How long does wisdom teeth surgery take?
In most cases, the procedure lasts around 45 minutes or less depending on the complexity of the job. Upper wisdom teeth are much easier to extract, hence they take less time to remove. Wisdom teeth with irregular root shapes are more challenging to take out.
Is impacted wisdom tooth surgery painful?
Removing an impacted wisdom tooth is not painful since the site is desensitised with local anaesthesia. You will barely feel any discomfort as the dentist is working. Once the numbing substance wears off, you will likely experience some discomfort and even pain that can be managed with OTC drugs. This will go on for several days and will be most intense the first couple of days. As time goes by, you will notice gradual improvement in your condition.
How long does it take to recover from impacted wisdom teeth surgery?
Initial recovery is 4-5 days. This is when the pain and discomfort will go away and you will be able to eat like you normally would. The wound will take months to heal.
Is wisdom tooth extraction covered by Medisave?
Wisdom tooth extraction is Medisave claimable alongside other surgical procedures like gum surgery and dental implants. You can also make a Medisave claim for other members of your family.
What are the risks of wisdom tooth extractions?
The risks of wisdom teeth removal include infection, exposure of surrounding bone, painful dry socket (if the blood clot is lost), as well as damage to adjacent nerves, teeth, and jawbone.
Can I wear braces or Invisalign, what happens if my wisdom teeth erupt after orthodontic treatment?
You don’t have to wait for your wisdom teeth to come in to straighten your teeth. Whether you want to get braces or invisible aligners, you can absolutely proceed with the treatment. In rare cases, fully or partially erupted wisdom teeth can affect past orthodontic work by shifting the teeth.
What happens if I don't get my wisdom teeth removed?
Not all wisdom teeth should be removed. If they fit properly in your mouth and do not disturb the other teeth, you can keep them. But if you have impacted wisdom teeth, it’s important that you have them extracted or else it could lead to infection. Another problem that may occur is a cyst forming in the affected area and damaging the gum tissue.
Is it normal to experience bleeding after the surgery?
After your wisdom tooth removal, it is normal to have small amounts of bleeding seeping out of the incision site. But if they get heavier or prolonged, that’s a cause for concern. You should get in touch with your dentist immediately.
How long will the pain last after the procedure?
The pain and discomfort following wisdom tooth removal linger on for 3-4 days overall after which you should start to feel like your normal self again.
Should I brush my teeth after the surgery?
Right after the procedure, you want to stay away from brushing your teeth. In the first 24 hours, it is vital to avoid excessive spitting or rinsing your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash. On the second day, you can brush but you should do so very carefully and not run the toothbrush too close to the extraction site.
Do I need days off work to get wisdom teeth removal?
You should take a day or two off from work to get on the recovery bandwagon. If you can, arrange for your wisdom teeth extractions to take place on the last workday of the week, which will allow you to rest more and let the body do its thing. This way you won’t need time off.