Oral Surgery: 3 Potential Complications And How They're Treated

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If you have a dental treatment procedure schedule in the near future, you need to be educated on what you should expect from the recovery period. Though it is true that complications are not common, there is always that chance that one can occur. Therefore, you need to be able to recognize symptoms of common complications so that you can get the medical treatment that you require to avoid further problems. Here is a look at three potential complications that you may have after oral surgery and how they are most often treated.

Dry Socket

Dry socket is probably the most common complication following a tooth extraction. This particular problem occurs when blood is unable to clot in the socket or becomes dislodged, which leaves the nerves and bone exposed to air. Dry socket increases your overall risk of infection and creates persistent pain. If you experience symptoms like an unpleasant taste or odor from the extraction site, you need to call your dentist immediately so that the socket can be treated.

Usually, your dentist will clean the wound and insert a special dressing in the socket. You may be required to perform medicated dressings at home, depending on how severe the dry socket is. A medicated gel or pain medication may be prescribed to help with the pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can be used to reduce swelling. You may also need to perform a salt water rinse at home, or your dentist may prescribe a prescription rinse to use.

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

This particular condition is when the jawbone tissue dies after being exposed through the gum tissue. This is a complication that often occurs following a tooth extraction. Some symptoms that you may experience with this condition are a heavy feeling in the jaw, loose teeth, and visible bone inside the mouth. Talk to your dentist immediately if you experience these symptoms and feel like something is wrong. Treatment generally includes scraping away the bone that is damaged and the prescription of antibiotics.

Nerve Damage

If there are any nerves close to your oral surgical site, which is likely, then it is possible to experience nerve damage following the surgery. This may be likely after having your lower wisdom teeth removed. Though the injury is temporary, you may find it difficult to taste or chew. You may also experience a speech impairment temporarily. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, your dentist can prescribe a pain medication.

If you experience any of the aforementioned complications following a dental treatment procedure, contact your dentist so that the issue can be diagnosed and a treatment plan can be formulated.


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