Should I Always Remove My Wisdom Teeth

Some people think that the removal of wisdom teeth is a complete waste of time and money. Others believe that all wisdom teeth are a source of trouble and they must be removed. So, who is right? The simple answer is that not all teeth wisdom teeth require removal; only those wisdom teeth which may cause problems in the future should be extracted.

When to Get a Wisdom Tooth Removed?

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Now, we come to the next question. In what situations should wisdom teeth be removed? According to the National Health Service (NHS), wisdom teeth should be removed in case of the following clinical situations.

When a Wisdom Tooth Extraction May not be Necessary?

Removal of a wisdom tooth is not necessary, if:

What are the Possible Risks of Removing a Wisdom Tooth?

The vast majority of patients who undergo wisdom tooth removal recover fully without any problems. In rare cases, there are some complications that may also arise, as with any surgical procedure.

What Happens If You Avoid Wisdom Tooth Removal?

If your dentist has recommended the removal of one of your wisdom teeth, and you continue to avoid it, then there are higher chances of development of the following problems:

How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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First, your dentist will perform a detailed examination of the affected tooth. He or she will also look at the x-ray images of the tooth to assess the proximity to any structures such as the jaw nerve or nasal sinuses, as well as the anatomy of the tooth, so as to prepare a treatment plan.

Removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anaesthesia, which takes away the pain during the procedure. In cases where the wisdom teeth have fully erupted, dentists are able to remove wisdom teeth by conventional extraction.

However, if they are impacted or partially covered by the gum, a more advanced surgical procedure needs to be performed. A small incision in the gum and the bone is uncovered and if necessary, partially removed to gain sufficient access to the wisdom tooth. With a skilled surgeon, the wisdom tooth can then be split into pieces and removed in order to minimize bone removal. Once the tooth has been removed, the socket is cleaned and stitches to close up the gum. A small hole can be seen afterwards if the tooth has partially erupted in the mouth initially.

Medication, including painkillers, antibacterial mouth rinse and antibiotics should be taken according to the dentist’s instructions. You may expect some swelling afterwards with the healing process and solid food can be consumed on the same day or the next day depending on your comfort level.

If you wish, the wisdom teeth surgery can be performed under sedation or general anaesthesia, where you will be unconscious for the duration of the surgery. It will be significantly more expensive as there will need to be an anesthesiologist present and hospital fees.

The Final Word

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Instead, the decision to remove a wisdom tooth should be made after your dentist has examined the wisdom tooth position and X-rays. However, if your dentist has recommended that you remove one of your wisdom teeth, you should do so as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can lead to serious problems and complications.

Dental Designs Clinic is a Medisave Accredited Clinic approved by the Ministry of Health Singapore.

At Dental Designs Clinic, our dentists are trained in the latest techniques in dentistry to provide the best treatment available. Our clinic is equipped with high tech equipment from Germany, and we follow international European Sterilisation Standards to ensure a safe and clean environment for you and your family. Our dentists are friendly and gentle, as we understand any dental treatment and surgery is a stressful experience and we do our best to make it as painless and stress-free as possible.

You may use your Medisave to pay for the costs of your wisdom tooth surgery.

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