What Are the Risks of Nerve Damage After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Nerve damage is a rare but possible complication of wisdom tooth extraction. If nerve damage occurs, the patient may experience tingling, numbness, or other sensations in areas controlled by the damaged nerve. While this complication is infrequent, it is important to be aware of the risks associated with wisdom teeth removal. Removing wisdom teeth is a common dental procedure with a low risk of complications.

If your dentist or oral surgeon recommends that you have your wisdom teeth removed, it is best to have the surgery as soon as possible. In most cases, any nerve damage caused by wisdom teeth removal is a normal reaction to dental surgery and will resolve on its own within a few days. In rare cases, however, removing wisdom teeth can cause tingling or numbness in the area due to damage to the sensory nerves. We also offer sedation dentistry, which is a great option if you are anxious about having your wisdom teeth removed.

Even if your wisdom teeth don't cause discomfort or dental problems, it may be beneficial to have them removed. Alveolitis sicca occurs in approximately 10 percent of patients who undergo wisdom tooth extraction surgery; however, this complication is easy to treat and resolves quickly. The lower alveolar and mental nerves may be affected during wisdom tooth extraction, particularly if the teeth are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth should usually be removed, as they often cause pain, swelling, and other issues.

As for the removal of the third molar, some people may start to feel symptoms of nerve damage after the extraction of the wisdom teeth three hours after the operation. However, other patients have their wisdom teeth proactively removed to help prevent problems in the future. Removing wisdom teeth has a relatively low risk, and while nerve damage is a possibility, it is highly unlikely, especially compared to other possible complications such as dry alveolitis.

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