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Wisdom tooth extraction or wisdom tooth surgery are medical procedures to remove the third molars, teeth that typically erupt from the late teenage years into the early twenties.

What is wisdom tooth extraction?

Wisdom tooth extraction or wisdom tooth surgery are medical procedures to remove the third molars, teeth that typically erupt from the late teenage years into the early twenties.

Is wisdom tooth removal a major surgery?


Wisdom tooth removal can be performed as an extraction or as a surgery. When a tooth is completely erupted through the gum and forceps can remove it easily, a tooth extraction is enough. But if a tooth is not fully erupted or not erupted through the gum, an incision to remove gum or bone may be needed. This is a wisdom tooth surgical extraction. Sometimes, the dentist or dental specialist would need to break the tooth into a few parts before it can be completely removed from the gum and jaw.

Is wisdom tooth removal painful?



Because wisdom tooth removal without some form of anaesthesia would be painful, your dentist or dental specialist might recommend local anaesthesia, sedation, or general anaesthesia to help you undergo the procedure without pain. Your dentist or dental specialist will advise us on which pain relief option is most appropriate for your individual situation.

All partially erupted teeth are covered by a gum flap called an operculum. This loose flap of gum creates a pocket around the crown of the erupting tooth that can trap food debris and bacteria . As the tooth completes eruption into the mouth, the operculum moves downward ...
22 Oct 2019
Prevention of tooth decay starts from the basics: 1) Diet Limit how often you consume sweetened ( organic sugar is just as bad for your teeth as regular sugar!) food and beverages. Try to have a maximum of 4 sugar exposures a day , including your 3 main meals. False ...
17 Sep 2019
The problem with wisdom teeth is that often times there isn't enough room for the tooth to erupt properly so it erupts partially and traps food and bacteria . Due to its position being all the way back it is hard to clean it effectively, keeping impacted wisdom teeth risks damag...
14 Sep 2019
I can understand your concern as it may seem unnecessary to remove teeth that are not causing any trouble. Why mend what's not broken right? These are some of my thoughts about removing asymptomatic fully impacted wisdom teeth prior to wearing braces. Pros : Sometimes during b...
5 Sep 2019
Thank you for your question. Wisdom teeth also known as the third molars are the last teeth to erupt and usually erupts from age 18-25 years old . Generally speaking, most people do not have room for their wisdom teeth and it is quite common for wisdom teeth to be impacted o...
22 Jul 2019
No. Underbites are usually caused by a lower jaw that is disproportionately larger than the upper jaw. This can be seen clinically, by assessing the patient's profile . A lateral cephalogram (an xray of the skull in profile) will confirm this. Underbites ...
18 Jul 2019
See your general dentist for an initial clinical and radiographic evaluation. Your dentist will decide if the case falls within the scope of difficulty that they are comfortable managing. Different dentists have different levels of experience with removing wisdom teeth surgically...
15 Jul 2019
Singapore does not have national guidelines that dentists must follow when making a decision to remove wisdom teeth. Dentists make clinical recommendations based on their judgment, which is affected by: Experience Recent (the last 6-10) cases that they have en...
19 Jun 2019
If bony healing has truly completed (confirmed by an xray of the area) then your only options are: 1) Guided tissue regeneration with bone grafting 2) Surgical crown lengthening The option selected would depend on what the current gum and bone level is. Bone grafting done as part of guided t...
5 Apr 2019
Hi there, Thank you for your enquiry. In general, if one wisdom tooth has been removed, we do advise removal of the opposing wisdom tooth as it then becomes non-functional and does not serve a useful purpose. When teeth are not biting on one another, they will keep growing and erupting mor...
30 Mar 2019
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