Dental Surgery in Singapore, Wisdom Tooth, Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Tooth

What is a Wisdom Tooth?

They are the third permanent molars and the last teeth to develope. They erupt or come up into the mouth in our late teens or early twenties. We can have up to four wisdom teeth, two in the upper jaw and two in the lower.

Why should they be removed?

For those of us whose jaws are to small to accommodate these wisdom teeth, problems may arise:

Often, the lower wisdom tooth maybe prevented from erupting when it is blocked by the tooth in front. In such a case, the tooth is called an impacted wisdom tooth. Such a tooth sometimes give an unpleasant sensation of pressure at the back of the jaw.

The gum around the impacted wisdom tooth may trap food debris which can cause infection of the gums. The infection would be felt as a swelling and pain of the gum.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Further discomfort may be caused if the upper wisdom tooth bites down on the swollen gum below.

Tooth decay may develop on the wisdom tooth and infront of it.

The decay can often go undetected and may only be discovered when there is a toothache. In severe cases, both teeth may need to be removed.

What can be done about an infected wisdom tooth?

Your dentists may clean the infected area and apply some local antiseptic agent if necessary.

Antibiotices and painkillers may be prescribed to reduce the infection.

If the upper wisdom tooth is biting on the swollen gum, the tooth maybe be trimmed out of the way. If it is judge that the upper wisdom tooth is not functional, then, in the long run it would be better to extract the tooth.

At a later visit, when the infection is under control, the lower wisdom tooth can be removed. Very often, before the removal, an X-ray would be taken to assess the position and shapre of the tooth.

How is the wisdom tooth removed?

In many cases, the wisdom tooth is removed by your dentists in an operation done under local anaesthesia. The anaesthesia will prevent any feeling of pain during the operation though there may be some sensation of pressure while the dentists is working on the tooth.

During the opreation, when the anaesthetic has worn off, you may need to take painkillers. Antibiotics may also be given tp prevent infection of the wound. There is usually some swelling of the cheek which may last about 5 days. The swelling may also cause some stiffness of the jaw.

Your dentists will check on your condition about 5 days later. At this time, the stiches will be removed.

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