What Are Some of The Complications with Removing Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom teeth are more prone to developing severe problems and their difficult-to-reach location makes the extraction of these vestigial molars more complicated, too. The removal of wisdom teeth also comes with a higher risk of developing complications as well – here are some common ones:

  • Dry socket – when a tooth is extracted, the gap left by the removed tooth develops a blood clot that protects it and promotes the healing. Unfortunately, the blood clot can fall out easily, especially in the case of wisdom teeth extracted from the upper row. When that happens, the soft tissue and the jawbone in the gap becomes exposed and they might become infected, causing severe pain. The problem is usually treated with irrigations in the doctor’s office and antibiotics;
  • Damage to the tissue surrounding the extraction site – if the wisdom tooth is severely impacted or it has very large roots, the tissue around it might become damaged either before or during the surgery. The issue might slow down the healing after the extraction and it might also require further visits to the Park Ridge wisdom tooth extraction oral surgeon and an antibiotics treatment to prevent any infection from spreading to the nearby teeth, the jawbone or the sinuses.