Oral / Wisdom Tooth Surgery
Wisdom teeth are the 3rd permanent molars found at the back of the mouth. They usually come out at the age of 18. It’s common to find them impacted (unable to come out fully) due to insufficient space available.
Wisdom teeth can either be extracted normally if they are fully erupted, or surgically removed if they are impacted.
When is Treatment Necessary?
Removal of wisdom tooth can aid in maintaining overall oral health. It is generally recommended when the following conditions occur:
- Partially-Erupted Wisdom Teeth: This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. This can result in pain, swelling, jaw stiffness and fever.
- Fully Impacted Wisdom Teeth:
- These may continue growing without enough room, damaging adjacent teeth.
- A fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth may form and destroy surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.
Your doctor or oral surgeon may use 1 of 3 types of anesthesia. The appropriate anesthesia for you depends on the expected complexity of the wisdom tooth extraction and your own comfort level. During wisdom tooth extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon:
- Makes an incision in the gum
- Removes any bone blocking access to the tooth
- Divides the tooth into sections if it’s easier to remove in pieces
- Removes the tooth
- Cleans the site of the removed tooth of any debris from the tooth or bone
- Stitches the wound closed to promote healing, when necessary
- Places gauze over the extraction site to control bleeding and help a blood clot form
Starting from $600 (Medisave Claimable)
Q – Does Everyone have Wisdom Teeth?
No, some people have all four wisdom teeth, some have one, two or three and some even have none.
Q – Are Wisdom Teeth Difficult to take out?
It all depends on the position and the shape of the roots. Our dentist will tell you how easy or difficult each tooth will be to remove after looking at the X-rays. Upper wisdom teeth are usually easier to remove than lower ones, which are more likely to be impacted. Our dentist will say whether the tooth should be taken out at the dental practice, or whether you should be referred to a specialist (oral surgeon). At times there is a possibility of some numbness of the lip after the removal of a lower tooth – our dentist will tell you if it is possible in your case.
Q – Will it make any Difference to my Face or Mouth?
Removing wisdom teeth may cause some swelling for a few days. However, as soon as the area is healed, your face or appearance will be back to the usual. Your mouth will feel more comfortable and less crowded, especially if the teeth were impacted.
Q – How much does it Cost to remove Wisdom Teeth?
The cost of removal of wisdom teeth will vary according to the difficulty of the procedure, and whether it is being carried out in a dental practice or hospital. Please speak to one of our team members to get an estimated cost. Surgical cost is subsidised or can even be fully claimed under Medisave (selected cases).
What to Expect after Treatment
While healing from the surgery, follow your doctor’s instructions on:
- Activity: After your surgery, plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Do not exercise vigorously or do heavy work for at least 48 hours.
- Beverages: Drink lots of water after the surgery. Don’t drink alcoholic, caffeinated, carbonated or hot beverages during the first 24 hours. Keep to a soft diet and chew using teeth on the opposite side.
- Food: Eat only soft foods for the first 24 hours. Start eating semisoft foods when you can tolerate them. Avoid hard, chewy, hot or spicy foods that might get stuck in the socket or irritate the wound.
- Pain management: You can manage pain with a prescription pain medication — given by your doctor or oral surgeon. Holding a cold pack against your jaw also may relieve pain.
- Bleeding: Some oozing of blood may occur the first day after wisdom tooth removal. Try to avoid excessive spitting or vigorous rinsing so that you don’t dislodge the blood clot from the socket. Bleeding can be stopped by biting on a piece of gauze for at least 30mins and swallowing instead of spitting your saliva.
- Swelling & Bruising: Swelling and bruising of your cheeks usually improves in two or three days. Use an ice pack as directed by your dentist or surgeon.
- Tobacco use: Avoid smoking as this increases the risk of infection and can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
- Stitches: You may have stitches that dissolve within a few weeks or no stitches at all. If your stitches need to be removed, schedule an appointment to have them taken out.