Aesthetic Reconstructive Jaw Surgery and Dental Implants Blog / Wisdom teeth

Loss of tongue sensation after wisdom tooth surgery


Recently, an article in The Straits Times featured a case of a chef suing a dentist for causing him to lose sensation of his tongue after a wisdom tooth surgery. Certainly, for a chef, such a complication can be a career-ending event. So, how does a wisdom tooth surgery lead to numbne …

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Wisdom tooth surgery ; General Dentist or Specialist?


Continuing the story of debate on “Better Competency Development for Safe and Quality Dental Care”, this blog discusses the other oft-cited “higher risk” procedure, wisdom tooth surgery. So how complicated is wisdom tooth surgery? What kind of training do dentists need to perform this …

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Wisdom tooth surgery – a walk in the park or a trek up Everest?


Today, I removed the four wisdom teeth of the son of my first ever wisdom tooth patient. His father was my first ever wisdom tooth surgery patient thirty years ago. I was in final year dental school then and removal of that one tooth took two hours. It was a most traumatic experience, …

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Is it normal to do prophylactic wisdom teeth surgery  in Singapore?


I came across this article about vestigial body parts today and it struck a chord with me. I just reviewed an old patient who has been working deep in the Kalimantan forest for the past year. Before he left, we checked his oral condition thoroughly and did everything that needed to be …

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction- is it necessary when it’s not giving problem?

Wisdom tooth extraction in Singapore has become a rite of passage amongst teenagers and young adults. To a certain extent, this is related to a higher rate of orthodontic treatment in this segment of the population. However, should wisdom teeth, aka third molars, be routinely extracte …

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What to do when your wisdom tooth is touching the nerve in the jaw?

The wisdom tooth removal is probably the most commonly removed anatomical part of the body. No doubt it is a rudimentary structure that does not serve much function. In fact, more often than not, it fails to erupt properly and ends up causing trouble to the adjacent teeth. As such, no …

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Wisdom tooth extraction- Risks and Complications

Wisdom tooth surgery is probably the most common surgery done by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Almost every teenager experiences some degree of discomfort from their wisdom teeth. Some will promptly seek treatment and the most expedient option is to remove the offending tooth. Afte …

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Can we "grow" wisdom teeth in old age?

I came across this article in a Luxembourg newspaper which really seems odd. Is it possible to "grow" a wisdom tooth at 92? The article did not elaborate further, only talking about getting into the Guinness World Records. Checking up the Guinness website yielded the following: "The o …

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Why do I have wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. They typically erupt through the gum at about age 18, behind the second molars, which is why they are also called third molars. Why are they called wisdom teeth? Because at the age of 18, a child grows into a mature and wise adult …

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Can I use Medisave for wisdom tooth surgery?

Wisdom tooth surgery is a common surgical procedure that many young patients have to undergo. Older patients may also need to have their wisdom teeth removed if they did not do it when they were younger. Cost of wisdom tooth surgery in Singapore can varying quite a fair bit, depending …

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