Wisdom Tooth Removal Singapore - Impacted Tooth Extraction
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically erupt between ages 18-25. Most adults have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth, although some may have fewer or none at all. A screening x-ray in the late teens is valuable.
While there are cases where wisdom teeth emerge without any issues and align with neighbouring teeth, more often they become impacted. This means they lack sufficient space to fully emerge or grow in the proper alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to various dental problems and may require extraction to prevent complications.
Consequence of Unremoved Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth become impacted, it can lead to complications as they are unable to fully emerge through the gums. If you suspect you have impacted wisdom teeth, please reach out to us. Our team will carefully evaluate your situation, determine the best course of action, and recommend wisdom tooth removal if necessary. This proactive approach aims to prevent potential complications and ensure optimal oral health. Some common issues associated with impacted wisdom teeth include:
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pockets to form around the gum tissue, making proper cleaning challenging. This can result in the development of gum infections such as pericoronitis, which is characterized by inflammation and swelling of the surrounding tissues.
Wisdom teeth that are partially erupted or impacted pose a greater challenge for effective cleaning, thereby increasing the risk of tooth decay (cavities).
Cysts or Tumours
In certain situations, impacted wisdom teeth may result in the development of cysts or benign tumours. If left untreated, these growths can potentially cause harm to the nearby teeth, bone, and nerves.
Jaw Joint Pain and Stiffness
When wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause jaw pain, discomfort, and stiffness. This is especially true when they become inflamed or exert pressure on the surrounding structures.
Signs and Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The signs and symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth can vary from person to person. It’s important to note that not everyone with impacted wisdom teeth will experience all of these symptoms. If you suspect that you might have impacted wisdom teeth or are experiencing any of these signs, we recommend scheduling a consultation with us. Our team will carefully evaluate your condition, conduct a thorough examination, and provide you with personalized treatment options that best suit your needs. Some common indicators of impacted wisdom teeth include:
Jaw Joint Pain
Pain or discomfort in the posterior region of the mouth or jaw often indicates the presence of impacted wisdom teeth. This pain may occur intermittently or persistently, and can intensify during chewing or when opening the mouth wide.
Swollen or Tender Gums
The gums surrounding impacted wisdom teeth can exhibit signs of redness, swelling, or tenderness. This inflammation may spread to neighbouring areas, resulting in discomfort and unease.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause jaw stiffness or restrict jaw movement, making it difficult to fully open the mouth or move the jaw comfortably.
Impacted wisdom teeth can create pockets of space around partially erupted teeth. These areas can accumulate bacteria, resulting in bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth.
Headaches can be caused by impacted wisdom teeth, especially in the temples or at the back of the head. These headaches may occur repeatedly and worsen gradually over time.
Difficulty or Pain while Chewing
When wisdom teeth become impacted, they can hinder proper chewing, resulting in discomfort or pain during meals. This occurs because the impacted teeth exert pressure on the surrounding tissues.
Swelling around the Jaw or Face
In certain instances, when wisdom teeth become impacted, they can lead to swelling in the jaw, face, or cheeks. This swelling may be accompanied by tenderness or discomfort.
Local Irritation or Ulcers
The presence of impacted wisdom teeth can cause irritation or ulcers in the nearby soft tissues, especially if they come into contact with the cheeks or tongue.
Importance of Wisdom Tooth Extraction and Removal
One of the primary reasons for extracting wisdom teeth is to prevent dental issues. They can increase the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and infections. By removing these problematic teeth, we can avoid potential complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth and preserve overall oral health.
Preparation for Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery
Proper preparation is crucial for a smooth and successful wisdom tooth surgery. Here are some essential factors to consider when getting ready for the procedure:
Follow Procedure Instructions
Prior to the surgery, we advise a light meal with a liquid diet of milk and smoothies planned after the surgery.
Administratively, the clinic would complete the financial counselling and request the necessary documentations from you to facilitate smooth payment if you are using medisave for your surgery.
Medications and Supplements
Please provide details of any medications, supplements, or herbal remedies you are presently using. We will assess whether any adjustments or temporary discontinuation of medications are necessary before the surgery.
Plan for The Recovery
Ensure you allocate time away from work or school to allow for adequate rest and recovery following the surgery. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and your individual healing process, a few days to a week may be necessary for a full recovery.
Get Ready For Soft Foods
To ensure a smooth recovery after the surgery, it’s advisable to pre-plan and have soft foods readily available. Consider stocking up on ice cream, smoothies and milk.
Recovery and After Care Following Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Proper recovery and aftercare are vital for optimal healing and to reduce the risk of complications after wisdom tooth extraction. Follow these important guidelines to ensure a smooth and successful recovery:
Rest and Limit Physical Activity
It is important to prioritize rest and limit physical activity in the initial days following surgery. Steer clear of strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, as these activities can potentially lead to increased bleeding and hinder the healing process.
Apply Ice Packs
To alleviate swelling and discomfort, gently place ice packs or cold compresses on the external area of your face where the surgery was performed. Follow a regimen of applying them for 20 minutes, then taking a 20-minute break, during the initial 24 hours post-surgery.
Take The Prescribed Medications
Ensure that you take any prescribed medications, such as pain relievers and antibiotics, exactly as instructed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Adhere to the recommended dosage and frequency to effectively manage pain and minimize the risk of infection.
Control The Bleeding
It is common to experience some bleeding following surgery. However there is nothing to worry, as a collagen sponge is inserted in each surgical site to accelerate the blood clotting process. Bite on the gauze firmly and change them every hour until minimal bleeding is seen
Chlorhexidine mouth rinses are prescribed after surgery to reduce the need for brushing near the surgical site while keeping them clean for better healing outcomes.
During the initial days after surgery, it is recommended to adhere to a soft diet. Ice cream, smooties and milk are recommended during the first 2 days after surgery.
Avoid Smoking and Alcohol
During the recovery period, it is advisable to abstain from smoking and drinking alcohol. These habits can hinder the healing process and raise the likelihood of complications.
Keep the Surgical Area Clean
Maintain cleanliness in the surgical area by brushing your teeth gently, taking care to avoid the extraction site. Refrain from using a toothbrush near the surgical area during the first few days. Once the initial healing phase is complete, you may resume gentle brushing in that specific area.
Follow Procedure Instructions
Be sure to follow any specific postoperative instructions given to you by your dentist or oral surgeon. These instructions might include additional guidelines for managing pain, dietary restrictions, and caring for any dissolvable stitches or surgical dressings.
Attend Follow-up Appointments
Please make sure to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with us. This will allow us to monitor your healing progress and ensure a proper recovery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Typically, wisdom tooth extraction is performed under local anaesthesia, which effectively numbs the area and prevents pain during the procedure. While some discomfort or swelling may occur after the removal, proper post-operative care and prescribed medications can effectively manage most pain.
The duration of the recovery period differs from individual to individual, usually spanning around one week. Throughout this time, it is crucial to adhere to the post-operative instructions given by the dentist. These instructions may involve consuming soft foods, refraining from vigorous rinsing, and maintaining proper oral hygiene practices.
Just like any surgical procedure, wisdom tooth surgery carries potential risks. These may include infection, bleeding, and damages to adjacent tissues. While nerve injury is rare, the impact is severe. As such, we will only advocate wisdom teeth surgery in circumstances where the benefits outweights the risks.
In most instances, it may be feasible to extract all four wisdom teeth in a single procedure. However, the intricacy of each extraction and individual circumstances can influence the suitability to do so. A in person consultation is necessary of us to better advise you on the best course of action.
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