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Wisdom Tooth Surgery In Singapore

More often than not at Nuffield Dental, our patients have been advised to remove their impacted wisdom teeth that are present. An impacted wisdom tooth is when the tooth has not enough room to come out like it should. Wisdom tooth extraction in Singapore is done under a local anaesthesia.

What are Wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth, sometimes also called your third molars, are the very last teeth at the back of your mouth. They usually come in much later than any of your other teethwhen you are older, between ages 18 to 24 years.  Most adults have a total of 4 wisdom teeth in total, with two at the top and two at the bottom. 

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What is Wisdom Tooth Surgery?


What is Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

Sometimes wisdom teeth erupt in a way that affects your other teeth or gums, or if there is no space for them to come out, they get trapped within your jaw causing oral problems. 


If they are in a position that is difficult to reach when brushing, chances are food particles get trapped here. This causes plaque and bacteria build-up, leading to decay. 


Sometimes wisdom teeth do not cause any problems and can be left as they are. Other times, they cause minor problems. However, when they start to cause more major problems such as becoming infected, affecting surrounding teeth or causing other dental problems, a wisdom teeth removal surgery would need to be performed. 

Do I Need Wisdom Tooth Surgery In Singapore?

You may need a wisdom tooth surgery if you exhibit the following symptoms:
  • Red or swollen gums or bleeding gums;
  • Swelling around the jaw;
  • Bad breath;
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • Difficulty opening your mouth.

Do I Need Wisdom Tooth Surgery In Singapore?


Why Remove Your Wisdom Tooth?

Not removing your impacted wisdom teeth may cause you severe discomfort or even cause problems to your other teeth. This can cause an array of problems listed as follows:
  • Tooth Decay

As your wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, they are often difficult to keep clean, accumulating plaque and food particles. If this occurs for a prolonged period, both your wisdom tooth and surrounding teeth can start decaying.


This is especially unfortunate as it can ultimately result in you having to lose both these teeth. Therefore it is advisable to remove your wisdom teeth sooner rather than later to prevent this from happening.


  • Gum Disease

The gums surrounding your wisdom teeth may also become inflamed due to the same reason of prolonged plaque and food particle accumulation. This is especially the case in improperly-erupted wisdom teeth. 


As a result, pain, bad breath, and swelling can follow. In severe cases, this can be accompanied by gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. These are serious issues that may require immediate medical attention.

  • Teeth Crowding

If your wisdom teeth erupt in a misaligned manner, they can push the rest of your other teeth in front into disarray. This causes them to be malpositioned, which can negatively impact your appearance, bite, speech and oral hygiene.


For patients who have invested in orthodontics treatment, the work done can be reversed, causing teeth to shift or crowd again.


  • Cysts

In a minority of cases, cysts or tumours can form around an impacted wisdom tooth. If these are left to fester, they can destroy your surrounding jaw bone and infect neighbouring teeth, rendering the need for more complex and extensive treatment.


Why Remove Your Wisdom Tooth?


What Does the Procedure Involve?

Stage 1: Consultation

  • Exploration of Concerns

When you attend your wisdom tooth removal consultation, our team of specialists will discuss all of your individual concerns, taking your health, dental and financial circumstances into account.

  • Full Dental Assessment

Your general health condition, as well as the condition of your wisdom teeth and gums, will be thoroughly assessed, which may include having to take some necessary X-rays or CBCT scans, to determine the exact position of your wisdom teeth and their surrounding structures.

  • Individualised Treatment Plan

Our specialists will then thoroughly explain the benefits and risks of removal of wisdom teeth, the procedure involved, and tailor a plan that is specific to you, leaving you with no doubts.

Stage 3: Post-Operative Care

After the procedure is completed, the healing process may take a few days of care for proper recovery. 


  • Some minor bleeding from the wound can be expected. This can be controlled by biting down firmly on a piece of gauze. 
  • Facial swelling and discolouration of the overlying skin may also develop, increasing for the first three days after the procedure and subsiding after that. You also may not be able to open your mouth as wide as usual for a few days. You can use ice packs on your face to reduce the swelling.
  • Painkillers, antibiotics, and an antiseptic mouthwash will usually be prescribed to prevent any post-operative complications. 
  • You should maintain good oral hygiene and brush and floss, avoid vigorous rinsing, eat soft foods, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol and avoid strenuous activities for at least a few days after the procedure to minimise the risk of any complications.

Stage 2: Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

  • Local or General Anesthesia

Before your wisdom tooth is removed, the relevant area will be entirely numbed with general or local anesthesia, ensuring that you will not feel any pain at all during the whole procedure.

You may additionally be placed under prior sedation or general anaesthesia depending on your agreed individualised treatment plan. 

  • Wisdom Tooth Removal

A minor surgical procedure may be involved depending on the position of your wisdom tooth and surrounding bone, in which case a small area of your overlying gum will be lifted to gain access to your wisdom tooth. 

Your tooth may then need to be sectioned for its removal. You may feel some pressure and vibrations and hear some cracking noises, but you should not feel any pain throughout. 

Once the tooth is removed, the area will be well sterilised, and your gums will be stitched back together.

What Are the Risks Involved?

Wisdom tooth extraction is a commonly performed procedure and is generally safe, but the following may be some risks associated with this procedure:
  • Due to the nature of the procedure, there may be facial swelling, discolouration of the overlying skin, pain, and jaw stiffness for up to 2 weeks after, so there may be a need to take time off from work or school. The symptoms are usually worse for the first three days and will gradually improve.
  • During the surgery, there is a small risk of accidental damage to your adjacent teeth and jaw. However, this is very unlikely under the meticulous hands of our specialists.
  • In some cases, after the procedure, the area may become infected or inflamed. The risk of this can be significantly reduced with strict adherence to the post-operative care instructions we provide.
  • There may be a possible risk of temporary or permanent altered sensations to your lower lip, cheek, or tongue from the removal of lower wisdom teeth. This risk varies according to the proximity of your wisdom tooth to your nerves. Your dentist will discuss this thoroughly with you during your initial consultation, with the help of an X-ray or Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scan.

What Are the Risks Involved?

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Why Choose Nuffield Dental?

Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre in Singapore. At Nuffield, we put you first. We believe in providing personalised service for each patient.

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Nuffield Dental is a one-stop, multi-disciplinary dental care centre. Here at Nuffield Dental, we pride ourselves of our personalised oral care for each and every one of our patients. We need to make sure you get all the help you need to make your dental procedures more comfortable, accessible and seamless.

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Our dentists have specialised in wisdom tooth and oral surgery for more than 20 years. We have accredited dental specialists who are skilled in the area of dental implant surgery.

Wisdom Tooth Surgery Costs in Singapore?

Please call one of our Nuffield Dental clinics in Singapore for pricing details.

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