Wisdom Teeth Complications

COMPLICATIONS OF WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL

As with any surgical procedure, there are some possible complications associated with the removal of the third molars. However, since the procedure has been very well tested, these complications (nerve injuries, fractures and injury to the joint) are very rare, and, if the surgery is performed at an early age, the risk is even less.

THE TROUBLE WITH WISDOM TEETH

Are you feeling unsure about getting your wisdom teeth extracted? Consider this: Wisdom teeth that are not removed can cause the following problems throughout your life:

Infection:

Your gums can become infected, a condition known as “pericoronitis”, due to the wisdom teeth unsuccessfully trying to push through the gum tissue. This condition, which causes pain, swelling and problems swallowing, can recur periodically.

Cysts and Benign Tumors:

Cysts are fluid-filled pockets that can form inside the jawbone when wisdom teeth are impacted. They can be very damaging and difficult to treat as they destroy jawbone and even neighboring teeth.

Crowding and Alignment Issues:

It should be no surprise that impacted wisdom teeth crowd your smile, causing misalignment issues, even if you have had braces.

Damage to Nearby Teeth:

Wisdom teeth are notorious for damaging their neighbors by making it difficult to practice good hygiene in the area. This often results in decay, gum disease and sometimes bone loss.

The best opportunity for our patients to get their questions answered is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons.  Each patient is unique.  Through an x-ray and consultation, our surgeons can give a more complete treatment plan.  Don’t wait too long and turn your third molar extraction into multiple issues.  Call one of our offices in Memorial, Cypress, or Katy.  You can also click here to request an appointment.