There are a number of complications that can arise from wisdom teeth removal. One of the more prominent wisdom teeth removal complications is dry socket. This problem generally arises a couple of days after the wisdom tooth has been extracted. Simply put, dry pocket is the inflammation in the area when the protective blood clot is gone too soon or when the clot does not form properly around the wound, therefore making the wound dry. This can result in severe pain for the patient.
The pain from the dry socket can spread from the specific area of the wisdom teeth removal and travel all the way up to the ears. Patients who suffer from dry socket complain of a constant bad taste in the mouth as well as develop a bad breath. For persons who are smokers, it is frequently experienced within 24 hours of extraction, especially if they do not adhere to the aftercare procedure as laid out by the dentist.
Anyone can suffer from these wisdom teeth removal complications. Due to persistent pain, patients suffering from dry socket may want to revisit their dentist, at which point the area will be washed of any debris that have accumulated and a dressing applied to the affected area to alleviate the pain and reduce any inflammation that has been formed.
As stated previously, dry socket is one of the more common wisdom teeth removal complications encountered after undergoing a wisdom teeth extraction surgery. Other complications may include excessive and extended bleeding after the procedure. The area around the extracted tooth is particularly sensitive. Given the type of procedure that had been performed on the area, bruising is inevitable.
Sensitivity in the area can be a direct symptom of nerve injury. This may be due to the needles or other equipment that were used during the removal of the wisdom teeth. Feeling in the lower and upper lip may be affected. This particular form of the many wisdom teeth removal complications is however short lived and feeling to that area will eventually return. Neighboring teeth can also be affected by the extraction process, particularly those teeth that have fillings.
It is recommended that when undertaking a surgery of this nature, ensure that you appoint an experienced and professional dentist to operate on you. In some instances due to negligence and lack of professionalism, the extraction is incomplete and as a result, the root of the tooth is left inside the jaw. If not removed in time, it can cause infection.
Ordinarily, your mouth would not be under immense pressure such that the extraction procedure results in a fractured jaw. Although uncommon, it is more likely to be seen in older people who suffer from osteoporosis of the jaw.
Typically after wisdom teeth removal, it is extremely difficult to open your jaw voluntarily. This is primarily due to the injections given and also the fact that during the procedure the mouth was open wide as well as constant pushing of the jaw. Most probably, your appetite will be affected due to the hassle of opening the jaw for ingestion and chewing.
Generally long term complications of wisdom teeth removal are uncommon. More severe complications include neural damage and this is based on where your wisdom tooth is located. Consultation should be done before a procedure of this nature is undertaken so as to inform the patient of all the possible wisdom teeth removal complications and mishaps that can take place.
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