The vast majority of wisdom teeth removal procedures go without a hitch. Third-molar extractions are a common treatment or preventive procedure that oral surgeons handle nearly every day. At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, you can trust you are in experienced hands.
While proper planning, preparation and expertise are key to an uneventful and smooth procedure and recovery, it is important to note that there is always a risk of complications. Everyone’s body responds differently to oral surgery, and you should be watchful, especially in the first week after wisdom teeth removal.
Below are the top five signs you may have complications and you should call your doctor, dentist or oral surgeon.
A high fever is an indication that you have an infection. While it’s not entirely out of the ordinary to have a low-grade fever directly after surgery, any fever over 100 degrees should be reported to your doctor. They may prescribe an antibiotic to fight infection.
After wisdom teeth removal, a clot is supposed to form within the first day which slows the bleeding substantially. If this does not happen and you continue to have to hold gauze in your mouth, call the doctor. If a clot forms but then dislodges and the bleeding picks up again, call your oral surgeon right away. They may have to re-stitch the area to protect against infection.
Swelling That Does Not Recede
It’s a well-known fact that wisdom teeth removal causes substantial swelling — the “chipmunk-cheek” look. Keep in mind that while this is normal, it’s not normal for your face to stay swollen for more than three days. If the swelling doesn’t recede after the fourth or fifth day, call your oral surgeon and explain.
Pus or Blood Oozing from the Socket
Pus is a definite sign of infection. Oozing blood from the surgical site could also be, but at the very least it could indicate a dry socket — a condition in which the blood clot dislodges and causes pain. This is dangerous because it opens you up for an infection. Whenever you have fluids discharging from the surgical site, talk to your doctor.
You may feel a brief numbness after surgery, but it should quickly recede as you heal. If you have no feeling in your cheek or jaw, it’s important to talk to your doctor.
At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we monitor our patients closely and provide detailed information for every post-op discharge. You can call us anytime with questions and concerns. We want to make sure your wisdom teeth removal goes smoothly and uneventfully, and we’re here for you if it doesn’t.