The wisdom teeth may not have enough room in the jaw for full eruption. In some cases, they can be misaligned or possibly positioned horizontally or angled towards or away from the front molars. If left intact, impacted wisdom teeth can potentially harm the adjacent tooth, the jaw bone and the nerves.
Eastwood Dentalcare is Medisave accredited by MOH and CPF for wisdom tooth/teeth surgery. It may be used towards partial payment of the surgical procedures allowable by the CPF Board.
How it is done
The initial visit will include an examination of the mouth and X-rays to determine the position of the wisdom tooth, the condition and the status of the adjacent tooth and bone.
To prevent problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth, it is advisable to remove them early. The best time to remove them would be the time they erupt, in the teenage years. Healing is also better during this period, with less risk of complications.
Dr Ang will numb the area and the procedure involves uncovering the tooth by lifting the overlying gums aside to expose the tooth and bone. You will feel some pressure and vibration but you will not feel any pain. The tooth may need to be sectioned in order for it to be removed. There may be crack sounds and after complete removal, the gums are stitched back.
There will be minor bleeding from the wound. It can be controlled by asserting pressure on a gauze patch”. Facial swelling and discolouration of the overlying skin may develop, increasing for the first 72 hours and subsiding thereafter. It is normal not to be able to open your mouth fully for a few days.
Medication will be prescribed after the procedure and you will be advised to maintain good oral hygiene and to keep to a soft diet for a few days.
Wisdom tooth surgery is commonly performed and generally safe. There may be facial swelling, pain, jaw stiffness and minor bleeding for up to 2 weeks. These symptoms are usually at their worst for the first 2-3 days and will gradually improve.
- Accidental damage to other teeth and jaw during surgery
- Dry socket
- Nerve damage can result in numbness in the lower lip, tongue or surrounding tissues and there is a small risk that this could be permanent.
- Jaw stiffness – the mouth may not be able to open fully when the wound is healing