Any operation carries some risk.
This is reduced by pre-operative appraisal of your
physical condition, by careful preparation of
instruments and facilities, and by the skill of the
The wound remaining after a tooth is
removed may be large, and healing may be delayed because
the body is unable to build normal tissue as with a
small wound. Fortunately, in the upper jaw, healing
usually proceeds uneventfully. In the lower jaw,
however, 80-90% of the tooth sockets will heal promptly
while 10-20% will take longer and might need some type
of dressing every few days. For this reason, it is not
wise for patients to leave at once on a long trip or go
where they could not secure good care by a dentist.
There is often some bleeding
afterward, but this will usually be slight.
Instructions will be given to tell you what to do if
more serious bleeding should occur.
Swelling is also a complication that
may occur. Instruction will also be given that explains
how to reduce swelling.
Lower teeth, especially molars, often
rest on the sensory nerve on the lower jaw. Sometimes,
in spite of all precautions, this nerve is bruised,
slightly tom, or even cut in two. The result will be
numbness of the lower lip, chin and all the teeth on
that side. This effect does not last more than a few
weeks in most cases, improving as the nerve repairs
itself and regenerates. Very rarely it may last
as long as two years or longer.
Upper molars lie against the wall of
the maxillary sinus. Occasionally during surgery, the
thin wall of bone cracks creating a hole into the
sinus. As a rule this requires little treatment for
Sometimes adjacent teeth are weakened
or damaged as a result of tooth removal; therefore, they
must be considered on probation for a period of three to
Small root tips and/or bone chips
might remain after tooth removal in spite of every
effort to fully remove them. They will either remain in
place with no complications or gradually work their way
to the gum surface at which time they can easily be
An extreme rare complication of tooth
removal is jaw fracture. If a fracture should occur
during tooth removal, all necessary procedures will be
accomplished in order to repair the fracture.
If you have any questions feel free to call our office
at (405) 455-2553.