Wisdom Tooth Surgery
Dentalplus is Medisave accredited by MOH & CPF for wisdom teeth surgery.
Clients are able to use Medisave to pay for most or all their dental treatment charges for this procedure. It is also possible to use a parent’s or spouse’s Medisave to pay. Please call 6270 6800 or email us to enquire about our direct deduction process, no upfront cash payment required.
Surgeries at DentalPlus are performed by Doctor Aiden Yeo.
Problems Caused by Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Bacteria and food particles can gather around the partially erupted wisdom tooth, causing it or the nearby tooth to rot.
Gum Pain and Swelling
Improperly erupted wisdom teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and may cause tooth infection of the overlying gums. This can cause infection, bad breath, pain, limited jaw movement and swelling.
Crowding of teeth
Erupting wisdom teeth can push adjacent teeth out of alignment, causing crowding of teeth, also known as malocclusion.
Formulation of cysts or tumours around an impacted tooth can occur, leading to destruction of surrounding jawbone and neighbouring teeth. These conditions may require complex and extensive treatment.
As problems can develop silently, regular dental checkups are advisable.
Why does it hurt during eruption of wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth may not have enough room in the jaw to fully erupt. In some cases, they can be misaligned; possibly positioned horizontally or angled towards or away from the other molars.
If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can potentially harm adjacent teeth, the jawbone and the nerves.
Check-up and Consultation
The initial visit to the dentist would include an examination of the mouth and x-rays to determine the position of the wisdom teeth, their condition and the status of the adjacent teeth and bone.
To prevent problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth, it is advisable to remove them early. The best time to remove them would be during the teenage years, before the roots of the teeth are fully formed and firmly embedded in the jawbone. Healing is also better during this period, with less risk of complications.
Wisdom Tooth Surgery
This is a minor surgical procedure that can usually be performed under local anesthesia.The surgery involves uncovering the tooth by lifting the overlying gums aside to expose the tooth and bone. The tooth may need to be sectioned in order to remove it. The gums are then stitched back.
After the Surgery
After surgery, some minor bleeding from the wound can be expected. This can be controlled by biting on a piece of gauze. Facial swelling and discolouration of the overlying skin will also develop, increasing for the first 72 hours and subsiding thereafter. You may not be able to open your mouth as wide as usual for a few days.Painkillers, antibiotics and an antiseptic mouthwash are usually prescribed after the surgery. You will be advised to maintain good oral hygiene and also to keep to a soft diet for a few days following surgery.
What do I need to do after dental extraction?
- Bite hard on the gauze for at least an hour.
- Do not rinse too vigorously or change the gauze too frequently (keep gauze for at least 20min) as it prevents effective clotting.
- Have a good rest at home.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, hot foods & drinks for the rest of the day to minimize bleeding.
- If bleeding occurs, apply clean gauze to wound area and bite firmly.
- If profuse bleeding persists, please call us at 6270 6800.
Is a lot of strength required for wisdom teeth extraction?
In a simple extraction, the dentist will grasp the tooth with forceps and try to loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth. Generally if the correct technique is employed, minimal strength is required. On the contrary, if too much force is exerted, the chances of tooth breakage are high.
Do not worry as a local anesthetic injection will be given to numb the tooth. Patients will only experience some pressure being exerted.
What are the risks of wisdom teeth surgery?
Wisdom teeth surgery is commonly performed and generally safe. There may be facial swelling, pain, jaw stiffness and some bleeding for up to 2 weeks. These symptoms are usually at their worst for the first 2 or 3 days and will gradually improve.
Specific complications of having wisdom teeth removed are uncommon but may include:
- Accidental damage to other teeth and jaw during surgery
- Severe pain caused by infection (dry socket) – this is when the blood clot breaks away from the wound
- Numbness in the lower lip or tongue – this can be caused by nerve damage and there is a small chance that this could be permanent
- Jaw stiffness – the mouth may not be able to open fully when the wound is healing