Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom tooth, also known as the third molar, begins to erupt at around the ages of 16 to 20 years old. In many cases, there is insufficient space in the jaw to accommodate the wisdom teeth. This results in the tooth erupting at an odd angle (known as impaction) and seen to emerge only partially through the gums.
This may result in food being trapped between the tooth and gums, leading to dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Removal of an impacted wisdom tooth requires surgery to section the tooth and to remove it in several parts.
Wisdom tooth removal is a simple, routine surgical procedure that can be performed comfortably in one office visit.
It can be removed either via simple wisdom tooth extraction or in the case of an impacted wisdom tooth it can be removed via a wisdom tooth surgery. In the case of simple wisdom tooth extraction, the wisdom tooth is extracted without any need for surgery and the procedure is done under local anesthesia.
In an impacted wisdom tooth or difficult wisdom tooth extraction, wisdom tooth surgery is performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. In local anesthesia, the surgeon will administer local anesthetic and proceed with the surgery once the surgical site is numb. An incision will be made at the surgical site and the bone and tooth exposed. The bone may need to be removed in some cases to enable the wisdom tooth to be elevated and the wisdom tooth may need to be sectioned or cut to facilitate the removal. Once the impacted wisdom tooth is successfully delivered, the surgical site will be irrigated and cleansed.
||Medisave Withdrawal Limit (S$)
|Without tooth division
||Up to $350
|With tooth division
||Up to $950
|Deep & with tooth division
||Up to $1,250