Risks of wisdom teeth extraction

Risks and Complications

As with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with tooth extraction. Expect to experience delayed healing, or infection when, for example, you smoke during recovery.

With a dry socket, the blood clot will not form or have dislodged which leave the bones and nerves exposed.

What is a Dry Socket?

When your wisdom tooth gets extracted, the blood will flow through the extracted site until it starts to clot. Blood clot will help heal the removed site and protect it. When the clot does not form, gets dislodged, dissolves too early or it does not form at all this will leave the nerve endings exposed causing a dry socket.

It is not very common, but there are things that you do that can put you at risk to remove wisdom teeth. It usually occurs during the first few weeks after the extraction.

What Complications can Develop from a Dry Socket?

The most common complication is delayed healing. Infections will occur, but it is not that common as dentists take the necessary precautions to prevent the infection from occurring. If you have symptoms of infection, you need to call your physician immediately.

Complications include:

  • swelling
  • fever and chills
  • pus or discharge from the extraction site
  • redness

Who is at Risk?

Doctors do not yet fully understand what causes the complications to occur. However, it is likely to happen to certain people under certain conditions:

  • Not following post-surgery instructions
  • Removing the gauze inside the mouth too early.
  • Smoking after the surgery.
  • Having denser jawbones.

There’s a small risk that it can cause tingling sensation in your gums, tongue, lower lip, and teeth. This complication is temporary and will eventually be done in a few days.

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