The most common questions are,
" Is it necessary to remove my wisdom teeth ", and
" Is removal of wisdom teeth very painful? "
Our dentists have performed numerous surgical removal of wisdom teeth, and will strive to minimise the discomfort felt during the surgery. In addition to that, you will be given pain killers and our clinic will also follow up to ensure that your wisdom teeth removal is as comfortable as possible.
With the use of a local anaesthesia, patients don't feel any pain during the surgery, but some patients opt for IV sedation for a more comfortable experience. Pain killers are prescribed for after surgery, and usually, within a week or two, the wound heals and the chance of infection caused by impacted wisdom teeth is eradicated.
The removal of wisdom teeth has become so commonplace that it is almost a rite of passage for young adults. Wisdom teeth are a type of molar that is found in the very back of your mouth. There are four wisdom teeth: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. These teeth usually appear in the late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry.
The most common type of impacted wisdom tooth is “mesial,” meaning that the tooth is angled forward toward the front of your mouth. When a tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.
Each patient’s situation is unique, and your dentist will take x-rays and discuss your particular needs with you. If the dentist recommends removal of your wisdom teeth, it is best to have them removed sooner rather than later. As a general rule, wisdom teeth are removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed, and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier.
In order to remove a wisdom tooth, the dentist first needs access to it. To make this process most comfortable, your dentist will numb the area with a local anaesthetic. The dentist can even use additional medication to safely sedate you during the extraction if you are feeling nervous about the procedure.
Because the impacted tooth is frequently under the gums and still encased in the jaw bone, your dentist will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. To minimize the amount of bone that must be removed, the dentist will often “section” the wisdom tooth so that each section can be removed through a small opening in the bone.
Once the teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Healing time varies depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction.
MINIMALLY-INVASIVE | MINIMUM DOWNTIME | COMFORT-ORIENTATED EXPERIENCE
These are the hallmarks of the MMC technique
Dr LOH HONG SAI
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr Loh was the Professor and Head of Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, National University of Singapore from 1980-1998. He was also the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore from 1986-1995. Professor Loh's skills range from wisdom teeth surgery to complex oral & maxillofacial reconstruction.
BDS (Singapore), MDS (Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery) Singapore, FDSRCPS (Glasgow), FDSRCS (Edinburgh), FAMS (Singapore)
Dr Melvin Chia
With experience accumulated since 2002, Dr Melvin Mark Chia is continuously improving the technique of wisdom tooth removal to lessen the discomfort of patients - striving for less pain, less swelling and a shorter healing time; providing patients a comfortable experience and a pleasant recovery.
DR. YIM POH LENG
Senior Dental Surgeon
Dr Yim Poh Leng was conferred her Bachelor of Dental Surgery by the National University of Singapore in 1986. After serving her stint with the Ministry of Health, Dr Yim began her career as a private practitioner in Singapore for 34 years.
Armed with years of hands-on experience and regular attendance of professional courses both locally and abroad, Dr Yim aims to provide her patients with the care they seek.
Minimising pain during dental procedures is her primary concern, so that patients feel comfortable and will be encouraged to return for future preventive treatment.
The Wisdom Tooth Clinic's sole focus is perfecting the art of removing wisdom teeth.
Our Dentist who is trained in intravenous sedation may be provided to allow you to comfortably sleep through the procedure upon request.
We further reinforce our pain-free philosophy by using a layered-step technique combined with ultra-fine injection syringes to provide the most comfortable local anesthetic experience.
State of the Art Equipment
Using the most advanced dental imaging equipment, we ensure that even the most complicated surgeries can be done safely.
Minimally Invasive Techniques
Utilizing the smallest surgical access, post surgery pain and swelling is significantly reduced.
Advanced Suturing Techniques
With advanced suturing technique using self-dissolving threads, we greatly reduce bleeding and discomfort after surgery, and this improves healing time.
Our minimally invasive techniques also reduces healing time and make your wisdom tooth surgery feel almost like a normal extraction.