Other than the normal risks of having minor surgery or an extraction, there are some specific risks that may occur.
Upper Wisdom Teeth:
The roots of the upper wisdom teeth may be close to the sinuses. After these teeth are removed there can be an opening between the sinus and the mouth. It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions particularly if advised not to blow your nose for a period of time after the extraction.
Lower Wisdom Teeth:
The lower wisdom teeth may be situated very close to nerves in the lower jaw. Your dentist will advise you as to the specific risk of nerve injury which, if it occurs, can result in numbness or tingling to the tongue, lip and chin area. Sometimes taste can also be disturbed.
Whilst it is not always possible to predict whether these risks will occur, your dentist is likely to take x-rays of the teeth. Your dentist will advise you if your wisdom teeth are close to the nerves and also whether an injury is likely to occur. Please ensure that you have discussed this with your dentist before you make a decision to have your wisdom teeth extracted.