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Problems Associated With Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Problems Associated With Wisdom Tooth Removal?

Risks and potential complications associated with wisdom tooth removal procedure are very few, but just like any surgical procedure, wisdom teeth extraction oral surgery procedures carry certain potential complications that you need to be aware of:

Nerve Damage

Although extremely rare, removing a lower wisdom tooth may result in nerve damage. There is a sensory nerve that supplies sensation to the lower lip, chin, and tongue, running close to the roots of the lower wisdom teeth.

As the third molars develop, their roots lengthen, increasing the risk of contact with this nerve. Most patients’ third molars are fully developed by age 18. Therefore, removing wisdom teeth before full development is crucial to reduce the risk of nerve damage. Generally, the likelihood of permanent nerve damage, leading to permanent numbness in the lower lip and chin area for teenage patients, is typically less than 1.0%.

However, depending on the position of the wisdom tooth and its relation to the underlying nerve, the chance of permanent numbness in adult patients can be as high as 10 to 12%. It is advisable to remove these teeth, if necessary, while young and healthy, for quicker and more predictable healing and to minimize the risk of nerve damage.

At the emergency wisdom tooth removal office at Sunnyvale Dental Care, we utilize a Panorex X-ray to visualize the position and development of wisdom teeth and their proximity to the underlying nerve, enabling us to make appropriate recommendations and address all your concerns.

Sinus Exposure

The roots of upper wisdom teeth are often close to the maxillary sinuses, located behind the cheekbones. Extracting upper wisdom teeth may create an opening between the mouth and the sinus. Again, if teeth are removed early, before complete root formation, this complication is unlikely.

Even in adults, this complication is rare, and if it does occur, the opening typically closes spontaneously without further treatment. If the opening persists, additional surgery may be necessary to close it permanently. If a sinus exposure is detected during surgery, we may provide special post-operative instructions to facilitate healing.

Additionally, even without sinus exposure, the tissue between the tooth extraction socket and the sinus is often thin and porous, allowing blood to pass from the socket site into the sinus, which may result in minor nosebleeds in the days following upper wisdom tooth removal.

Dry sockets

Dry sockets, although not true complications, are a common issue following dental surgery. When a tooth is extracted, the socket initially fills with a blood clot, initiating the healing process. If the blood clot is dislodged prematurely, the socket walls are left exposed, causing discomfort.

Dry sockets tend to occur more frequently in smokers and those taking birth control pills. While both jaws can be affected, dry sockets are more common in the lower jaw and typically arise on the third to fifth day after surgery.

Treatment involves placing a medicated dressing in the socket to alleviate pain and protect the area from further irritation, although it does not aid in the healing process. The dressing usually provides relief for 3 to 7 days, after which a follow-up appointment may be necessary for evaluation and replacement if needed.


Post-operative infections occasionally occur, necessitating an office visit and clinical examination. In many cases, a week-long course of antibiotics resolves the infection. Sometimes, drainage along with antibiotic therapy may be required, but hospitalization is very rarely necessary.

Learn more when you visit Sunnyvale Dental Care Clinic. Call Sunnyvale Dentist Dr. Gupta at 408-720-0900 to schedule a consultation today!

FAQs related to Problems Associated With Wisdom Tooth Removal

What is the cost of wisdom teeth removal near me?
Sunnyvale Dental Care, a wisdom teeth removal clinic offers competitive and affordable rates for wisdom tooth extraction. Contact us for personalized cost estimates.

Is emergency wisdom tooth removal available?
Yes, at Sunnyvale Dental Care, we provide emergency services for infected wisdom tooth extraction and urgent dental needs.

What factors affect teeth removal cost?
The complexity of the extraction, insurance coverage, and additional treatments required can affect teeth removal costs. Schedule a FREE consultation for detailed pricing information.

How can I find a reliable teeth removal clinic near me?
Conduct thorough research, read reviews, and consider recommendations from trusted sources to locate a reputable teeth removal clinic in your vicinity.

What should I expect during wisdom teeth removal surgery?
Our experienced dental team ensures a comfortable experience during wisdom teeth removal surgery. We prioritize patient safety and effective pain management throughout the procedure.

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