Wisdom tooth extraction is a common dental procedure to remove one or more of your full-sized wisdom molars. These teeth are the last to emerge in your mouth, typically appearing in your late teens or early twenties. However, they can be a valuable asset to your mouth when healthy and properly aligned; problems that necessitate their removal often arise.
Wisdom teeth, or the third set of molars, are the last to develop in your jawbone. While these teeth can be a regular part of your dental health, they are often problematic. Many people experience issues with wisdom teeth because there’s insufficient room in their mouth for these teeth to emerge properly.
Wisdom tooth removal is often necessary to prevent or address oral disease, tooth decay, gum disease, and the development of cysts. Impacted wisdom teeth, which fail to emerge fully or properly, can also harm adjacent teeth and may require removal.
Removing problematic wisdom teeth can prevent serious complications like infection and damage to adjacent teeth. It can also alleviate pain and discomfort associated with impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth.
There are two main types of extraction procedures: simple extraction and surgical extraction. A simple extraction involves removing a wisdom tooth that has fully emerged from the gum line. In contrast, a surgical extraction is necessary for teeth that are impacted or have not fully emerged.
Preparation for a wisdom tooth extraction involves a thorough examination, possibly including X-rays. You’ll discuss the extraction procedure, anaesthesia options, and any health conditions you have with your dentist or oral surgeon.
At Vivid Dental Surgeons, located conveniently in Tiong Bahru, one mrt station away from Tanjong Pagar, we offer both minimally invasive procedures and traditional surgical options for wisdom tooth extraction. Our skilled surgeons use the modern techniques to safely and effectively remove the wisdom tooth.
Post-extraction, you may experience swelling, mild discomfort, and bleeding. It’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions for care, which might include taking prescribed pain medication, applying ice packs, and eating soft foods.
Pain management includes:
Avoid strenuous activities for a few days after the procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, damage to adjacent teeth, prolonged bleeding, or dry socket. At Vivid Dental Surgeons, we take every precaution to minimize these risks.
The price for a standard wisdom tooth extraction in Singapore typically ranges from SGD 150 to SGD 350 per tooth.
More complex wisdom tooth surgeries can cost more, necessitating advanced expertise and specialized equipment for a seamless extraction process. These intricate procedures can range between SGD 950 and SGD 1,250 per tooth, contingent on the complexity of the surgical extraction.
It’s important to note that wisdom tooth surgeries are eligible for Medisave claims.
Additionally, most dental clinics in Singapore, including ours, accept insurance claims for these procedures.
At Vivid Dental Surgeons, we accept Medisave for wisdom tooth extraction, ensuring that our patients can use their Medisave funds to cover part or all of the cost of the procedure.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common and often necessary dental procedure. At Vivid Dental Surgeons, we ensure a comfortable and safe experience for our patients, using modern techniques for both simple and surgical extractions.
Recovery time varies but typically takes a few days to a week.
Once your wisdom tooth extraction is complete, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and pain medication to ease any discomfort following the surgery.
We advise refraining from smoking, engaging in forceful chewing, and consuming hard foods during the recovery phase. To avoid irritation, a gentle diet consisting of soft foods like porridge or congee is recommended for approximately a week.
An external application of an ice pack can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
Subsequently, a follow-up appointment is crucial for multiple reasons, including removing surgical stitches and addressing any concerns or complications that may have arisen post-surgery.
The pain usually subsides within a few days.
Common side effects include swelling, discomfort, and temporary difficulty opening your mouth.
Yes, removing all four wisdom teeth in a single appointment is possible. The decision to do so largely depends on the patient’s oral health condition, the teeth’ position, and the oral surgeon’s or dentist’s recommendation. In cases where all four wisdom teeth are impacted or causing issues, removing them simultaneously can be more efficient and reduce the overall recovery time instead of having separate surgeries. However, this approach also depends on the patient’s medical history and ability to undergo a more extended procedure. Your dentist will assess your situation and advise the best action.
The ideal age for wisdom tooth extraction is typically in the late teens to early twenties, generally between the ages of 17 and 25. At this age, the wisdom teeth roots are not fully developed, and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense, making the extraction process simpler and the recovery faster. Additionally, removing wisdom teeth at a younger age can prevent future problems such as misalignment, pain, or infection. It’s important to have regular dental check-ups during these years so that your dentist can monitor the development of your wisdom teeth and advise if and when extraction might be necessary.
After wisdom tooth surgery, oral hygiene is crucial, but you need to be gentle around the surgical site. It would help if you started brushing your teeth the day after Surgery, but avoid the extraction site for the first few days to prevent irritation or dislodging of the blood clot. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush your teeth, being careful not to rinse your mouth vigorously. Avoid using any mouthwash containing alcohol, as it can irritate the wound. After a few days, you can start cleaning gently around the extraction site, and as healing progresses, you can gradually return to your regular brushing routine. Always follow the specific instructions provided by your dentist or oral surgeon.