Are you hitting your mid twenties and thinking about the wonders of wisdom teeth surgery and whether it’s necessary for you? Are you starting to experience pain at the back of your mouth, due to the aching of your wisdom teeth? As a first timer approaching the subject of wisdom teeth removal, you may be intimidated by the overwhelming information provided to you online.
Well, fret not as there is nothing much to worry about! In this article, you will learn 4 things you need to know about wisdom teeth surgery and wisdom teeth removal cost, to heighten your knowledge and allow you to conduct any preparation needed.
What is wisdom teeth surgery and why do people need it?
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to grow and they usually surface at the back of the mouth from ages 17 to 25 and are usually spotted on X-rays for some, while never surface at all for others. They usually grow when there is finally enough space in the mouth for them to surface.
Now you may be wondering, why is there a need for surgery when it’s just a growth of a tooth? Well, the growth of wisdom teeth can create problems and pain when they grow inwards, are blocked by other teeth or grow at a wrong angle. Impacted wisdom teeth can also result in food debris being stuck in your teeth which can affect your oral hygiene, tooth decay and potential infection or gum disease.
In order to prevent any of these from happening, wisdom teeth surgery comes in to deal with inflammation, throbbing and ache and also enhance the oral hygiene of the patient. It is an extraction that removes one or more wisdom teeth, which are the four adult teeth growing at the back of your mouth at the top and bottom.
Sometimes when the wisdom teeth are not causing any inflammation or pain, dentists still recommend patients to undergo the extraction. This is due to the fact that there may be potential problems that may arise and it is better to conduct wisdom teeth surgery early than later.
Wisdom teeth surgery procedure
Before going for your wisdom teeth surgery, you will usually meet your dentist to discuss if wisdom teeth surgery is really necessary for you. You should also discuss the wisdom teeth surgery cost and mention any health issues or any medication/drugs you have been taking lately with your dentist, to ensure that your surgery goes smoothly.
It is also important to discuss the type of anesthesia you would be using during the surgery, which varies from person to person. Make sure you are comfortable and that there are no potential problems that will arise, before going forth with the extraction. During the extraction, there are 3 kinds of anesthesia that can be used, namely Local, IV Sedation and General.
Local anesthesia :
You will experience a substance being rubbed at your gums before receiving injections at the gum of each of your wisdom teeth that are about to be extracted. You will be awake during the surgery but will not feel any pain.
Sedation anesthesia :
You will receive this through a intravenous (IV) line in your arm. This anesthesia will leave you mostly unconscious and suppress your memory of the surgery.
General anesthesia :
Medication is inhaled nasally or through an IV in your arm. This will result in the patient losing consciousness and he/she will not have any memory of the wisdom teeth surgery. This is usually for patients with postoperative discomfort.
During the procedure, the dentist operates and cuts open the gum tissue, exposing the tooth and bone. Following that, the dentist removes bone that blocks access to the tooth root and splits the tooth into several parts, for greater ease to remove in pieces. The wisdom tooth is then removed and cleansing begins. Stitching and the controlling of bleeding with the use of gauze follows.
Potential wisdom teeth complications
Despite being a very common surgery that almost everyone has to experience, there are still chances and likely complications that may occur.
Such complications include :
- Dry Socket
- Pain, Swelling & Restricted Mouth Opening
- Excessive Bleeding
These wisdom tooth removal complications may result in you being afraid to go forth with the wisdom teeth surgery and procedure. But here is where Dr Ryan and team step in to help and provide you with some tips on how to deal with these complications, to heal and recover well from your surgery. Do check out our other article focusing on how to heal and recovery from wisdom teeth surgery quickly and well.
Wisdom teeth removal costs
An essential part to wisdom teeth removal is the cost that is involved. Now, let us break down the cost of extracting your wisdom teeth in Singapore. According to the Ministry of Health Singapore website, impacted wisdom tooth surgery ranges from about $400 to $1000 in public institutions. The wisdom teeth removal cost depends on several factors, defining how complex the removal surgery is.
These factors include:
- Age : bones get stronger with age, meaning to say it is easier to conduct the surgery on younger patients.
- Gum tissue position : It is easier to extract a wisdom tooth that has completely emerged, instead of being underneath your gum tissue.
- Wisdom tooth : If a wisdom tooth is completely submerged, it might require drilling into the jaw that complicates the surgery.
- Nerves proximity : Extraction may be more complicated and risky if wisdom teeth are very close to surrounding nerves.
Additionally, cost may depend on the type of anesthesia used. It is most common to use local anesthesia. However, in the case where general anesthesia is required, the wisdom teeth removal cost will definitely be higher. Medisave claims can be made for wisdom teeth extraction, while the amount differs between individuals. This may be due to the discrepancy in complexity of the surgery as well as the number of wisdom teeth extracted.
To conclude on Wisdom teeth surgery and its costs
Wisdom teeth surgery is a very common procedure despite how daunting it may sound, as people often worry about the pain and wisdom teeth removal costs involved. As long as you are able to discuss thoroughly with your dentist, the process should be as painless as possible.
Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate and raise awareness for matters and issues regarding oral and dental hygiene. Especially during this COVID-19 period, we believe that it is highly essential that everyone maintains good oral hygiene and be safe. If you are interested in learning more, click here to read other related articles on our blog. Dr Ryan is also open to answering any questions you have regarding oral health matters, drop him a message here.
Dr Ryan and the Vivid Dental Team wishes everyone well and that you remain safe and virus-free! 🙂