Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Careful and precise wisdom tooth removal to stop pain!

What is wisdom tooth?

Wisdom tooth is the third molar right at the back of your mouth and is usually the last to erupt in the mouth around the age of 17 to 25.

The most common problem with lower wisdom teeth is that they get impacted and do not grow out straight. Being partially hidden beneath the gums in most cases, they are hard to brush, and a good place for food to be trapped.

This may eventually result in the gums getting infected and swollen, or may even cause decay of the second molar tooth next to it due to the inability to maintain good hygiene at that region.

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Wisdom Tooth Removal Process

During the consultation, our dentist will take a full mouth panoramic X-ray to determine if your wisdom tooth can be extracted or requires surgery.

In some complex cases where the root of the wisdom tooth is near the nerve area, a 3D CBCT scan may be required, and these can all be done conveniently in our clinic!

If your wisdom tooth is growing out straight and not blocked by any bone or gums, it may be possible to be removed by a standard extraction procedure. This is most common for your upper wisdom teeth.

During this procedure, local anaesthesia will be given to numb up the area so that you will not experience any pain.

Surgery may be required for wisdom teeth that are not growing out straight or being blocked from erupting.

Wisdom tooth surgery is not as scary as it sounds. It is just a minor surgery that involves the lifting of overlying gums to expose the tooth hidden beneath. The wisdom tooth may then be sectioned into smaller pieces to be removed.

After the surgery, the gums will be stitched back to its original position. With local anaesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the procedure.

After the extraction or surgery, you may experience minor bleeding at the site.

This is entirely normal and can be easily stopped by biting tight onto a piece of sterile gauze for about half an hour. For surgery cases, painkillers, antibiotics, and an antiseptic mouthwash are usually prescribed to help you cope better over the next few days. An ice pack will be given to you immediately after the surgery to minimize facial swelling over the next few days.

You will be given up to 5 days of medical leave to rest well after the surgery. A follow-up appointment will be arranged for you to come back seven days later for review and remove stitches.

Things to avoid after removal of wisdom teeth
Be it extraction or surgery, here are some things to avoid immediately after the wisdom tooth removal to aid faster recovery:

  • Sucking through a straw
  • Spitting
  • Rinsing your mouth
  • Smoking
  • Strenuous activities
  • Hot/ hard food


Blood clot will form in the tooth socket, where the wisdom tooth was removed to speed up the healing process. These activities above may cause the newly formed blood clot to dislodge, exposing the bone and tissues beneath, causing a painful condition called dry socket!

Comfortable cozy experience with our friendly and experienced team!

After-care services to ensure your speedy recovery

Reasonable price which are fully Medisave claimable

X-ray and 3D CBCT system for better treatment planning

Specialist available for complex cases

FAQ

When you start to feel pain or discomfort, it is a must for you to remove the wisdom tooth.

However, you do not always have to wait for this stage before you remove them. During a routine check-up, once we notice that your wisdom tooth is not growing out well or hard to maintain the cleanliness, it is advisable to remove them before any complications occur.

  • Some common signs that you should consider removing them soon are when:
    Recurring swollen gum or even gum pain (pericoronitis) around the wisdom tooth area
  • Regular food trap around the wisdom teeth area

Medisave can only be used for surgical procedures.

Hence, Yes, it can be used for Wisdom tooth surgery if you are Singaporean and PR.

However, Medisave cannot be used for a normal extraction.

Swelling for the initial few days after the surgery is normal. It can be easily managed by following our post-op advice.

Dry socket can occur when those newly formed blood clot gets dislodged from the extraction site. This may expose the wound and causes poor healing, resulting in pain and an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Speak to your dentist if your pain worsens the day after the surgery!

Nerve injury may occur during the surgery, especially for cases where the wisdom tooth is located deep and near the nerve canal. Theses nerves are in charge of supplying sensation to your tongue and lips, hence injuring them may cause numbness around those regions. Fortunately, the risk of nerve injury is relatively low, and in most cases, even if it does occur, the effects are temporary.

Wisdom tooth extraction usually takes only around 20 minutes to complete.
For Wisdom tooth surgery, it generally takes around 30 – 60 minutes.

For normal extraction, you will be given 1-2 days of MC.
For surgery, you will be given 5-7 days of MC.

During this procedure, local anaesthesia will be given to numb up the area so that you will not experience any pain.

After the procedure, painkillers, antibiotics, and an antiseptic mouthwash are usually prescribed to help you cope better over the next few days. An ice pack will be given to you immediately after surgery cases to minimize facial swelling over the next few days.

For normal extraction, it will be between $100-$200.

For surgery, it will be between $650 – $2150, depending on the complexity of the case.

Nonetheless, our charges will be fully claimable under Medisave. The exact quote can be determined after the full mouth x-ray is taken.

Still have questions about wisdom tooth removal?

Don’t hesitate to contact us!