The risks of wisdom tooth removal are generally minor and most people experience no complications. However, there are some risks that you should be aware of, including:

  • Bleeding: This is the most common complication after wisdom tooth removal. It is usually mild and stops on its own, but you may need to bite on gauze to help control the bleeding.
  • Infection: This is a less common complication, but it can be serious if it is not treated. Signs of infection include fever, pain, swelling, and redness around the extraction site.
  • Dry socket: This is a painful condition that occurs when the blood clot that forms in the extraction site is dislodged. It can cause severe pain and sensitivity, and it may require further treatment.
  • Nerve damage: This is a rare complication that can cause numbness or tingling in the tongue, lip, or chin. The damage is usually temporary, but it can be permanent in some cases.
  • Damage to other teeth: This is a rare complication that can occur if the wisdom teeth are removed incorrectly. It can cause damage to the roots of other teeth, or it can even cause the teeth to shift out of alignment.

If you are concerned about the risks of wisdom tooth removal, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon. They can explain the risks in more detail and help you decide if wisdom tooth removal is the right choice for you.

Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of complications after wisdom tooth removal:

  • Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth regularly.
  • Eat soft foods that are easy to chew.
  • Get plenty of rest.

If you experience any pain, bleeding, or swelling after wisdom tooth removal, be sure to contact your dentist or oral surgeon right away.