Westlake Dental / Ti Rakau OMS / Queenstown OMS

We specialise in Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Risks of removing wisdom teeth?

There are some risks in removing wisdom teeth: 

  • For this reason it is best to have surgery with someone experienced in the removal of wisdom teeth. You will hear more about these risks at your consultation but they are summarised below.
  • Tingling or numbness of the lip, chin or tongue due to the proximity of two nerves occurs in less than 1 percent of patients after removal of lower wisdom teeth. Usually this is temporary lasting days or weeks. Problems that can result from permanent tingling or numbness include lip-biting, reduced ability to feel food on lip, tongue-biting, altered taste and possibly alteration to speech. All patients will experience numbness in the first 24 hours after surgery due to the local anaesthetic injections given at time of surgery.
  • Infection is uncommon. Antibiotics and mouthwash are routinely given to try and prevent this outcome.
  • Excessive bleeding. Uncommon.
  • Dry socket. Occurs after less than 10% of lower wisdom tooth removals. The blood clot falls out early causing the socket to become dry and painful. Occurs a few days after surgery and the socket can become painful. Normally easily treated. Please return to the surgery.
  • Jaw joint problems. Uncommon and usually last a few weeks.