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The Wisdom Teeth Removal Complications

Removing the molars at the back of your teeth is a common surgical procedure. Most of the time, the procedure is successful. Although, it is important to guard against any potential wisdom teeth complications that may occur as part of wisdom tooth removal recovery. This doesn’t necessarily suggest that these complications will occur, but it is important to be aware of them all the same.

After the procedure, the dentist is likely to make you aware of the potential wisdom teeth complications to guard against. The dentist will also provide oral care instructions so that if any complications occur, you know exactly what to do next.

Here are some of the potential complications that come with wisdom teeth removal:

Dentist remove the bad tooth with the pliers from the patient

Dry Socket

After the procedure, the extracted area will likely form a blood clot, which is part of natural healing. When the blood clot becomes dislodged, you’re in danger of dry socket hen the nerve under the gum becomes exposed. Those who smoke after wisdom tooth removal are more likely to develop dry socket. With a dislodged blood clot, you’ll experience throbbing and sharp pain at regular intervals. Without adequate rest and due care to the extracted, this can increase chances of dry mouth.

Limited Mouth Functioning

Immediately after treatment, you’re naturally expected to experience some discomfort within the extracted area. A potential complication is jaw stiffness and restriction in opening your mouth. Mouth functioning should be limited as much as possible during the first few days of recovery. Although, if this continues beyond 5 to 7 days, consult the dentist for further treatment.

Excessive Bleeding

Bleeding after extraction is natural as part of the procedure. The blood clot will take some time to develop over the extracted area. The dentist will provide a gauze pad to bite down on to stem the bleeding. As part of recovery instructions, the dentist will request you to avoid smoking and limit talking and chewing. Although, if you experience excessive bleeding, minimize activity, prolong your rest and eat softer foods. These steps are necessary to speed up the formation of the blood clot.

Fractured Jaw

A fractured usually occurs through osteoporosis of the jaw. Although, during extraction treatment, jaw fractures may occur owing to the pressure put on the jaw during treatment. It is a rare complication and often occurs when extracting the third molar.

Girl had pain in her teeth while she is putting her hand to her mouth


An infection may develop and cause swelling, pain and fever. An infection can cause flu-like symptoms and fatigue as well. The dentist would perform an x-ray to determine the severity of the infection and likely prescribe antibiotics. These are common signs of an infection, but the dentist will outline recovery steps.

If you have a wisdom tooth and are seeking for it to be extracted, these potential wisdom teeth complications are something to guard against, although these are not symptoms post-extraction treatment as there is a chance that these side effects may not occur if extraction treatment is completed smoothly, which is very common.

Consult your dentist about these wisdom teeth complications for more information before treatment.

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