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The naughtiest tooth in the mouth

A study done in Singapore in 2003 found that about 70% of patients aged 20-40 years old had at least 1 impacted wisdom tooth.

A wisdom tooth is the 3rd molar that generally erupts between 18-21 years of age. Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Symptom-free wisdom teeth that erupt straight out can be left alone and monitored.

However when wisdom teeth become impacted, decayed or cause infections of the surrounding gums, resulting in episodes of pain and swelling. It will need to be removed.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth?

  1. Recurrent infection of gums surrounding the wisdom tooth

  2. Decay

  3. Gum disease

  4. Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)

  5. Tumours

How do I care for the wound?


  • Soft diet

  • To avoid alcohol for 1 week


Activities/wound care: 

  • To bite on sterile guaze provided for 3-4 hours, changing every 30 minutes to control bleeding

  • Avoid strenuous exercise

  • Avoid smoking

  • Avoid excessive rinsing/spitting for first 24hours 

  • To keep area clean



  • Take medication as per your dentist’s instruction

How can I pay for my Wisdom Tooth surgery?

  1. Medisave

  2. Insurance

  3. Cash

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