Tooth Extraction Singapore

Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that permanently removes a tooth that is beyond recovery.

Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

 Tooth extraction is necessary to prevent pain and swelling, or to remove severely infected or decayed tooth. If a tooth is too loose, extraction may be the only option. Orthodontic treatment may also require extractions of certain teeth, usually the premolars and wisdom teeth.

Is Tooth Extraction Painful?

Tooth extraction can be painful, but it is usually not excruciating. The amount of pain you experience will depend on the type of extraction and your overall health. If you have a simple extraction, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. This will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. You may still feel some pressure or discomfort, but it should not be severe.

If you have a more complex extraction, your dentist may use a general anesthetic. This will put you to sleep during the procedure, so you will not feel any pain at all.

After the extraction, you may experience some pain and swelling. This is normal and should go away within a few days. Your dentist will prescribe pain medication to help you manage the pain.

Cost of Tooth Extraction in Singapore


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(w/o GST)

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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This is a fee estimate & subject to change. Please check with your clinician for an exact fee based on your unique clinical condition.

Causes & Symptoms


Most common reasons for tooth extraction: 

Tooth decay/ Gum disease/ Overcrowding/ Impaction/ Trauma

Signs you might need a tooth extraction:

  • Bad toothache
  • Chewing or biting the tooth worsens the pain
  • Jaw pain/stiffness
  • Tooth-related gum swelling
  • Fever with dental symptoms (infection)

Tooth Extraction Procedure in Singapore

1. Consultation

Our dentist will take an X-ray of the patient’s tooth to evaluate the curvature and angle of the tooth’s root.

2. Extraction

Local anesthetic is applied. Once it has numbed the area, the surgeon will begin the extraction. The tooth may be removed in several pieces.

3. Post-extraction

The wound will be stitched up. A thick layer of gauze will then be placed over the extracted area. The patient should bite down on the gauze to absorb the blood and start the clotting process.

Benefits & Side Effects

Problems solved by Tooth Extraction

  • Pain reduction: Damaged and decaying teeth can cause excruciating pain. Tooth extraction can help to relieve this pain and allow the patient to heal.
  • A lower risk of future issues: If a tooth is damaged or decayed, it is more likely to develop an infection or other problems. Tooth extraction can help to reduce the risk of these problems.
  • Removing the infection: If a tooth has an infection, the infection can spread to the surrounding bone and tissues. Tooth extraction can help to remove the infected tooth and the root, which can help to prevent the infection from spreading.
  • Making room for orthodontics: If a person needs orthodontic treatment, such as braces, tooth extraction may be necessary to make room for the teeth to move into their correct positions.
  • Making room for a stronger smile: If a person has missing teeth, their smile may be weaker and less attractive. Tooth extraction can help to make room for dental implants or other restorations, which can improve the appearance of the smile.

Most common side effects of tooth extractions

  • Pain: Tooth extraction can cause pain, which is usually mild to moderate and can be managed with pain medication.
  • Swelling: Tooth extraction can cause swelling, which is usually mild and goes away within a few days.
  • Bruising: Tooth extraction can cause bruising, which is usually mild and goes away within a week.
  • Bleeding: Tooth extraction can cause bleeding, which is usually mild and stops within a few hours.
  • Infection: Tooth extraction can cause infection, which is rare. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact your dentist immediately:
    • Severe pain
    • Swelling that gets worse
    • Fever
    • Pus or discharge from the extraction site
    • Numbness in your lip, tongue, or cheek

Tooth Removal Aftercare

Controlling pain

The numbness from the local anesthetic should wear off after a few hours. If the numbness persists, please contact us. We will also prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication after the procedure.

Controlling swelling

Mild facial swelling in the area of the extraction is a normal side effect. To reduce the swelling, you may apply ice to the face.

Changing dental gauze

After the extraction, the gauze must remain in place for at least 20–30 minutes to exert pressure on the wound and stop bleeding. Replace the gauze whenever it becomes soaked with blood. The bleeding will likely last for 1–2 hours after the extraction.


It is important to drink plenty of fluids and consume soft foods. You can chew on the side opposite from the extraction site until the wound has fully healed.

Avoiding agitating the extraction area

To ensure that the wound heals properly, it is important to avoid agitating the area. This means avoiding the following:

  • Sucking or touching the extraction area with your tongue.
  • Using a straw.
  • Eating solid (especially crunchy) food.
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages or using mouthwash containing alcohol.
  • Rinsing your mouth vigorously.
  • Smoking

Oral hygiene

It is important to continue to brush and floss as per normal, but be careful not to agitate the extraction area. Following the surgery, you can rinse with warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of water) every few hours.

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