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What are the side effects of a wisdom tooth extraction?

I am a 28-year-old female and I will have a wisdom tooth extracted. What are the side effects of a wisdom tooth extraction?

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The typical side effects after a wisdom tooth extraction include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty opening the mouth. Some more serious side effects can include persistent bleeding or nerve paresthesia. One should personally speak with his or her own dentist to review any and all possible complications for any dental procedure.
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I believe that you may be asking about complications. Complications are when problems occur during or after the procedure. These may include the following.
· Infection of the tissues around the area where your wisdom tooth was removed.
· Accidental damage to teeth nearby.
· Dry socket. This is when the blood clot comes off your wound exposing the bone and nerves underneath. It can be painful and cause bad breath too. See FAQs for more information.
· Damage to nerves. This can cause pain, tingling, pins and needles and numbness. This can affect your lips, tongue, gums and teeth. It’s usually temporary, but there is a small chance it could be permanent.
· A broken jaw, though this is extremely rare.

Most people don't have any problems after having their wisdom teeth removed. But you should get medical advice if you have symptoms of any of the complications listed above.
The exact risks are specific to you and will differ for every person, so we haven’t included statistics here. Ask your dentist or oral surgeon to explain how these risks apply to you.
A wisdom tooth extraction like other extractions will need time to heal. You will expect to have pain, some swelling, bleeding of the site in the first day or so, and possibly some inability to open and close the mouth all the way depending on how impacted the wisdom teeth area. However, if you follow the protocol your dentist or oral surgeon will prescribe for how to keep the site healthy and clean, the healing process can move along faster.