What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are essentially the third molars . With most patients these third molars usually emerge in the mouth by late teens or early twenties. . For most adults, the mouth is too small to accommodate the wisdom teeth as a result most of them are impacted in bone and prevented from full eruptions.
How much is a wisdom tooth removal ?
Simple extraction $250, Surgical extraction $800 to $1400 depending on complexity.
Advance In- office CT Scan Imaging for Wisdom Teeth Surgery
In some impacted wisdom teeth , the roots are in close proximity to the dental nerve supplying the lower jaw. With the precise position of the inferior dental nerve map out by the Dental Conebeam CT Scan , our surgeons will be able to plan the wisdom teeth surgery in 3 dimension so as to minimize the risk of injury to the dental nerve.
Our In- office Cone Beam CT Scan enable our surgeons to view the jaw bone in 3 dimensional slices as small as 0.1 mm. With low radiation dosage compared to conventional full size medical CT Scan , thousands of 3 dimensional xray images of the jaw is available for our surgeon to plan the wisdom teeth surgery in a matter of few minutes.
The cone beam CT Scan on the left shows the close proximity of the dental nerve to the roots of the wisdom teeth . ( dental nerve marked in green) . With the location of the dental nerve fully located , our surgeons will be able to minimize dental nerve injury significantly.
Sedation for wisdom teeth removal
Some patients can be very anxious about wisdom teeth removal .In our clinic , our surgeons have several additional sedation techniques to help patients control their anxiety.
Nitrous oxide is also known as “laughing gas “. Nitrous oxide has a calming effect when the patients breath the gas . The effects is rapid onset when the patients breath in the gas and its effects disappear fairly rapidly when the patients stop breathing in the gas. As the level of sedation by nitrous oxide is relatively shallow , we used it for simpler cases of wisdom teeth removal.
I.V sedation will put you into a deeper and controlled state of sedation compared to nitrous oxide. It is safe as our clinic is fully equip with advance monitoring equipment for our anaesthesiologist to monitor all your vital signs throughout the surgical procedure. I.V sedation is suitable most difficult wisdom teeth surgery
General anaesthesia . In cases that are very difficult , the wisdom teeth surgery can be carried out under General Anaesthesia. Our surgeons are qualified specialist with admission privileges to all major private hospital in Singapore .
We are accredited by Ministry of Health as a Day Surgery Centre . As such for Singaporeans and permanent residents , it may be possible to claim part of the surgical fees from medisave.
Meet our Specialist Oral – Maxillo Facial Surgeon
Dr Loh Hong Sai
FDSRCPS ( Glasgow)
FDSRCS ( Edinburgh)
SDC Certified Specialist in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr Loh Hong Sai was Professor and Head of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery ,National University of Singapore from 1980 to 1998. He was also the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore from 1986 to 1995. He was also a Senior Consultant Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon at National University of Singapore.
His specialized skills ranges from wisdom teeth surgery to complex oral & maxillofacial surgery. He also teaches part time at the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Department , Faculty of Dentistry. He is also a well known local and international speaker on a wide range of oral surgery subjects.
Dr Shermin Lee
Area of Specialty: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
B.D.S. (Adelaide, Australia), 2001
M.D.S. Distinction in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (Hong Kong) 2006
F.R.A.C.D.S. (Australia), 2006
F.A.M.S. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2009
Ph.D. (Netherlands), 2009
Dr Shermin Lee is a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS). She obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2001 and graduated with distinction in Master of Dental Surgery (OMS) in the University of Hong Kong, 2006. She later obtained a PhD from the Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 2009. She worked at the National Dental Centre since graduating and as a consultant from 2010 to 2014, contributing to teaching and research. She was also the associate editor for the Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare involving with research and publications and was also appointed as a Clinical Lecturer for the National University of Singapore during this period.
She is an existing fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, a member of the Singapore Dental Association and the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. She contributed to presidency for the Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Singapore from 2009-2010. Her special interests are in dentoalveolar surgery and in dental implants. She loves her work and interacting with patients. Her hobbies are in photography and in appreciating nature and landscapes.