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Wisdom teeth surgery like any other surgical procedure can have a number of unpleasant post-operative symptoms. The following list of symptoms may occur, but not always, and in varying degrees of severity, depending on the specific procedure and degree of difficulty involved in the operation. Also included are suggestions that will help you to minimize the symptoms that you may encounter. Most people will NOT have complications, but if you are concerned about the possibility, it is best to ask beforehand.

Swelling & limited opening: Your face may swell and be sore and you may have difficulty opening your mouth. The swelling subsides over 4 days and can be relieved by using a cold or ice pack at ½ hourly intervals for 2 days post-operatively. Limited movement of the jaw will improve over a week. Heat can be applied after 2 days to free up movement.

Pain: The pain you experience will vary depending on a number of factors, including underlying pain thresholds. Pain can be controlled with tablets such as Nurofen, Nurofen Plus, Panadiene or Mersyndol every 3 or 4 hours. Nurofen is also helpful in minimizing swelling. Mersyndol can make you drowsy and is good for night time use. If greater pain relief is required, Nurofen (not Nurofen Plus) and Panadiene taken at the same time is very effective. If further pain relief is required, the Dentist should be contacted.

Bleeding & bruising: Minor bleeding can occur for 24 to 48 hours after surgery. This can be controlled by biting on a rolled up gauze pack, over the surgery site. If bleeding continues or is excessive, contact your Dentist. It is also common to get bruising inside the mouth and on the face and neck but this will subside after a week.

Infection: Bone, Gum and or Facial infection may occur post-operatively. Mouth rinsing with Difflam-C or Curasept will help prevent this. If infection occurs, your Dentist will prescribe Antibiotics.

Numbness & Altered Taste: Roots of impacted wisdom teeth maybe close to (or even touch) nerves such as the inferior dental nerve and lingual nerve. When the tooth is removed the nerve may be bruised. This may lead to the possibility of altered sensation (numbness, burning, itchiness and altered taste) of the lips, teeth, chin, cheek or tongue. The exact duration may not be determinable but very commonly the recovery of sensation occurs in the 4 to 8 week range. In some cases it can take 6 to 18 months and may (in rare cases) be permanent.

Dry Socket: After wisdom teeth are removed a blood clot forms in the socket. This is important to protect the bone. Occasionally the clot can be lost (infection or aggressive rinsing). This will result in constant throbbing pain and discomfort. Contact the Dentist for treatment.

Dryness and Cracking and Ulceration: To lips and the corners of the mouth may occur and can be relieved by applying a lanolin type or paw-paw ointment to these areas post-operatively. Cleaning of the remaining teeth is essential. If necessary, use a child’s toothbrush.

Injury or Fracture: Wisdom teeth removal can result in trauma to neighboring teeth (especially if they are heavily filled) or bone. Remedial treatment will be provided.

Sinus: Penetration of roots into the sinus can occur in removal of upper teeth or upper jaw implant placement. A permanent hole between the sinus and mouth can occur. Retrieval of broken roots or sinus repair is essential and may need to be carried out at a subsequent appointment.

Delayed Healing:  Delayed and painful healing of sockets can occur. If your condition deteriorates after 3-5 days, see your Dentist immediately for prompt attention.

Allergy: Reactions to drugs, medication or anaesthetics can occur. If you feel or sense an adverse reaction, stop taking the medication and contact your Dentist.

These Expectations are to assist patients in making an informed consent prior to a procedure. If you have any queries on any of the above or wish to discuss them in greater detail do not hesitate to discuss them with your Dentist prior to your operation.

If any problems occur or you are concerned about your progress after treatment, please contact us.

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