Wisdom Teeth Removal

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What are wisdom teeth?

 

Wisdom teeth are back molars on the top and bottom of both sides that are the last adult teeth to emerge in your mouth. Most people do not have enough room in their jaws to accommodate wisdom teeth without resulting in the shifting of their other teeth, leading to a variety of complications. Hence, it is common for dentists to recommend wisdom teeth removal surgery.

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WHY SHOULD YOU GO FOR WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL?

  • Prevent damages to nearby teeth

    The growth of wisdom tooth can weaken and even loose the roots of nearby teeth, leaving neighbouring teeth vulnerable to cavities and bone loss.

  • Prevent Gum Inflammation and Infection

    Wisdom teeth are very difficult to reach and kept clean. This can lead to inflammation and infections of the gums, which will affect the nerves under the gums, causing serious issues in the oral cavity.

  • Prevent bad breath

    Food trapped between the wisdom tooth and its adjacent tooth can create a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to more cavities and bad breath.

  • Prevent formation of cysts

    Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to tiny tumors or cysts in the jawbone, which can lead to serious joint pain in your jaw joint also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

REMOVAL OF IMPACTED WISDOM TEETH

Not all wisdom teeth require removal. Some wisdom teeth are non-impacted, which means that they erupt normally and are still properly aligned with the rest of our teeth. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth impactions are more commonly experienced.

Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are unable to erupt completely due to a lack of jaw space. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth impaction often causes problems such as pain, swelling, infection, overcrowding, and damage to the surrounding teeth.

Mesial impactions are the most common type of wisdom teeth impactions, where a wisdom tooth is partially erupted and angled towards the front of the mouth. Mesial impactions may or may not cause complications, so they must be closely monitored before making any major decisions to remove them.

Distal impactions are the most uncommon type of wisdom teeth impactions. Similar to a mesial impaction, teeth with a distal impaction are angled; however, the difference is that they are angled towards the back of the mouth and may be partially or fully impacted. Wisdom teeth removal hence depends on the degree of the tooth angle and whether it is a full or partial impaction.

Horizontal impactions are full impactions where the tooth lies completely horizontally underneath the gums. This orientation of the tooth causes it to move sideways into the tooth next to it. Hence, horizontal impactions are considered to be the most painful type of wisdom tooth impaction. To reduce pain and prevent damage to adjacent teeth, horizontal impactions must be removed through surgical extraction. 

Vertical impactions are considered as full impactions where the wisdom tooth is correctly positioned for eruption, but still hides below the gums. Wisdom teeth removal is usually not required in these cases, unless the erupted tooth is expected to cause overcrowding, or if it is exerting too much pressure on the tooth root beside it.

WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL PROCESS

When they do not erupt properly, wisdom teeth can cause pain and infection.
This is when the removal of these wisdom teeth becomes necessary.

  • Consultation

    A thorough examination of your oral health condition. Our dentist's proposal of a customised treatment plan for you. Undergo an x-ray test to visualise your tooth position.

  • Wisdom Tooth Extraction

    Wisdom tooth extraction will be done under local anaesthesia. You may experience a slight pressure as your tooth is loosened and removed.

  • Review and Removal of Stiches

    One week after your wisdom teeth removal, your stitches (if required) will be removed by our dentist.

POST-TREATMENT CARE FOR WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

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Monitor Your Bleeding

Remember to continuously bite gently on your gauze pad, and change pads as they become soaked with blood. Consult our dentists if you still experience bleeding 24 hours after your surgery.

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Eat Soft Foods

Eat soft foods such as porridge, pudding or soup, and avoid using straws. You can try gradually adding more solid foods to your diet as you continue to recover.

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Avoid Physical Activity

Make sure to relax after your wisdom teeth removal as intense physical activity can delay healing and prolong bleeding.

FAQs

Depending on your oral condition and health, your wisdom teeth may or may not require extraction. However, if you are experiencing toothaches or soreness at the back of your jaw, we recommend booking a consultation with a dentist as soon as possible to assess whether wisdom teeth removal is required.

In some cases, delaying wisdom teeth removal can lead to more serious complications which can be avoided with early treatment.

The wisdom teeth removal surgery itself is known to be quick and relatively painless, since local anaesthesia is applied to the treatment areas. 

However, you may experience some slight pressure when your dentist loosens your tooth for removal.

Wisdom tooth removal usually is effective in preventing:

  • Crowding of the back teeth
  • Sore and painful gums caused by a flap of skin around a wisdom tooth that has only partially emerged
  • Gum disease and tooth decay in the wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth removal is relatively low-risk. However, there are few possible side effects, but most of these typically wear off after some time:

  • Bleeding that won't stop for about 24 hours
  • Difficulty with opening your jaw
  • Slow healing gums
  • Numbness in your mouth after the local anesthetic wears off, due to an inflammation of nerves in the jaw

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