Tooth extraction refers to the removal of a tooth from the mouth. The need for extraction arises when a tooth is severely decayed or beyond repair.
What are the two types of extractions?
$70 – $165
(Blue CHAS, Merdeka & Pioneer generation subsidies applicable)
This involves the removal of teeth that are visible in the mouth. A local anesthetic will first be administered, before using a dental forceps to loosen the tooth and finally to remove it.
$350 – $1340
This involves the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed. This is a more complicated procedure that almost always requires an incision. Your doctor may recommend this if your tooth is severely broken or if it is impacted (stuck) behind bone or another tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long will an extraction take?
Depending on the complexity of the extraction, the duration varies between 15 and 60 minutes.
2. Can I choose general anesthesia/sedation for the tooth extraction?
These methods will require anesthetist, which we do not have in our dental group. Moreover, local anesthesia will suffice. If you have any concerns, you may let our dentists know during consultation and they are able to provide you with professional advice.
3. Will I get an medical certificate (MC) after my tooth extraction?
Generally, 5 days of MC will be given for surgical removal of wisdom tooth.
For all other types of extraction, kindly raise your concern to your treating doctor and he/she will assess your condition to see if you require medical leave.
Home Care Instructions
Before the procedure, you were given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. This anesthetic typically leaves your lips, teeth and tongue feeling numb after the appointment. For this reason, you should avoid chewing for 2 hours following the surgery, or until the numbness has completely worn off. In some cases, you may also experience numbness on one side of the face, and it will take about 3 hours to regain your muscles control.
If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your treatment, please ensure that you complete the course.
You may experience pain, swelling, or discomfort for several days, which can be treated with painkillers. There is also a risk of an infection following the treatment, which can be treated with antibiotics. Should the symptoms persist or worsen, please contact the clinic immediately. If the symptoms worsen on the second day with severe pain and fever occurring concurrently, please contact our clinic immediately.
It is common to have blood oozing from the extraction site for 24 – 48 hours after surgery. Replace the gauze on the bleeding area as needed every 30 – 45 minutes and bite on the gauze firmly. Keeping your head elevated with pillows can also help to control bleeding. However, if bleeding continues or increases, please call our clinic immediately.
Blood clot formation is necessary to stop bleeding, thus avoid touching the extraction site with your tongue or fingers. DO NOT drink liquids through a straw, spit vigorously, and/or rinse your mouth on the day of the extraction/surgery.
Some discomfort after the extraction/surgery is normal. We have prescribed pain reliever to take if needed. To avoid nausea, take pain medication after food or with gastric-protective medicine. You can also decrease pain and swelling by applying an ice pack – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off – for the first 6 hours following the extraction/surgery.
Once the numbness has worn off, you should be eating, as nourishment is important to the healing process. Eat soft foods like yogurt, puddings, soups and cool porridge for the first 48 hours. Do not eat hot (high temperature) food as this will aggravate bleeding. Please also refrain from smoking as it will affect the healing process.
Relax as much as possible and avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours following the extraction of tooth.
Be sure to brush and floss the other areas of your mouth as you would normally. The space left by the tooth will feel a bit strange to you at first. Eventually, new bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap left by the extraction.
My jaw movement seems to have been affected and it feels stiff after my tooth extraction, is this normal?
Stiff jaw muscles may cause a limitation in opening the mouth wide for a few days after surgery. This usually resolves during the week after surgery.