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Wisdom Tooth Surgery

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Wisdom Tooth Surgery

Our wisdom teeth, which are the third set of molars, helped our early ancestors’ to grind plant tissues, a part of their diet that were difficult to chew and break down. It is thought that the skulls of our early ancestors had bigger jaws with more teeth, which compensated for the inability to efficiently break down and digest their plant tissue diet. Over the years, as human diets changed, small jaws gradually evolved as well. However, wisdom teeth continue to develop in human mouths, and is now regarded as a painful hindrance for most as the jaw becomes crowded.

Here are some of the common reasons for wisdom tooth removal: 

(i) Impacted wisdom tooth – Tooth grows in a tilted manner and is impeded by neighbouring tooth. As the tooth is only partially out of the gums, the gums can become swollen and painful.

(ii) Tooth decay

(iii) Cyst growing around the wisdom tooth

At some point in time, 60% to 85% of us will have to remove at least one of our wisdom teeth due to the above complications. Fortunately, dental technology has drastically improved to minimise the discomfort a patient will experience during the removal of the wisdom tooth. For wisdom tooth that grows normally, it is possible to remove it by extraction. If it is impacted, surgery is required.

How is the wisdom tooth surgical process done?
As local anaesthesia will be given, you should feel no pain during the process. During the surgery, the dentist will open up the gum tissue above the tooth, and remove any bone that may conceal the tooth. On certain occasions, the tooth may be cut into smaller pieces to aid in the removal process. Following the removal of the tooth, your dentist will stitch up the gums to close the wound to facilitate healing.

After the surgery, you are advised to avoid food that are crunchy, chewy, spicy or acidic, in order to prevent disruption to the healing process. The recovery process will take from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery.

Treatment Charges
Wisdom Tooth Surgery
$350 – $1340 (Medisave claimable)
If you have any further questions regarding the treatment, please feel free to call 8684 1000 to speak to our patient care associate. Alternatively, you may also e-mail us at

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