What are some possible complications of tooth extractions?

Tooth ExtractionThere are times when a dentist will need to extract an adult tooth. Perhaps it has been damaged and is no longer savable. Maybe the patient is preparing for orthodontic treatment and needs to make room when overcrowding exists. In other situations, patients may need to have their wisdom teeth removed due to impaction or increased risk of cavities and periodontal disease. Whatever the reason, the team at Taylor Street Dental in Springfield, MA can help. Our team of professionals will educate patients on the purpose of tooth extraction, while educating them on aftercare instructions. It is important that patients follow their postoperative care instructions to reduce the risks of complication. Possible complications of tooth extraction include:

  • Dry socket – the most common complication seen from tooth extractions is dry socket. This is when the blood clot that forms in the pocket of the gums is dislodged one to three days following surgery. This exposes the bone of the jaw and the nerves and can result in intense pain and slowed healing.
  • Infection – as with any surgical procedure, infection is always a concern. It is important that patients take great care to eliminate food or bacteria from entering into the socket left behind from the extracted tooth.
  • Bone damage – damage to the bone is often caused by poor extraction procedure and is never the fault of the patient. This may include damage to the sinus area during removal.
  • Nerve damage – patients who experience numbing and loss of feeling anywhere in the mouth after their procedure may have experienced nerve damage. This should be addressed by a dental professional as soon as possible to avoid any further complications.

Call Taylor Street Dental of Springfield, MA to schedule your extraction

Drs. David Peck, Zachary Grillo, Stefan Filip, and Pablo Valestegui of Taylor Street Dental offer both simple and surgical extractions for patients in the community. Learn more about the care and attention needed following extraction to ensure proper healing by calling (413) 781-7645 to schedule a consultation. Our practice is located at 41 Taylor Street on the 4th floor and accepts new patients and families.

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