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Can There Be Any Complications After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?

Whether performed in a dental office or at a hospital, extraction of wisdom teeth is a common surgical procedure in family dentistry. Risks exist with any surgery – such as chance of allergic reaction to anesthetic or excessive bleeding.

The medical professionals at Miami Modern Dental utilize training and experience to manage those risks by carefully analyzing your medical history, and monitoring your well-being throughout the surgery. We also observe the ethics to only recommend a procedure when benefits outweigh potential hazards.

We use state-of-the art anesthesia and extraction techniques to ensure the comfort of our patients. However, following the removal of one or more wisdom teeth, you may expect some bleeding at the socket, and a bit of pain at the opening and injection sites. Some patients have swelling at the gum, and the cheek may be a little puffy or bruised. You may also experience some soreness or stiffness in the jaw joint. These side effects are all normal, usually last no more than 72 hours, and may be effectively treated with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medication. A condition called dry socket is unusual but can occur when a blood clot does not form at the socket or is lost too soon, exposing pain receptors in the jaw bone. If you experience a sudden increase in pain or inflammation, or develop an earache, please call us right away.

Fragments of bone or tooth root may work through the gum tissue over time. We can easily remove these for you.

Serious complications associated with extraction of wisdom teeth are rare, due in large part to our experience and controlled environment. However, potential acute situations include:

  • Persistent bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Mouth-sinus hole
  • Secondary infection
  • Harm to other teeth or existing dental work
  • Jaw fracture
  • Fistula (a boil at the base of the root)
  • Gum recession (periodontal pocketing)
  • Bone healing disease


Our follow-up care helps to control these risks.

Dr. Marion Pasquier and Dr. Pasquier, Jr. have performed thousands of successful wisdom tooth extractions. While the procedure may be routine to us, we know how important it is to you. We are available to answer your questions and address your concerns – before, during, and after an extraction.


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