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Older people do tend to have more complications associated with tooth removal and extraction. This is one of the major arguments by the proponents of wisdom tooth removal as a preventive measure when there are no symptoms of wisdom tooth problems. Complications include dry socket (improper healing of the extraction site); infection; or damage to the nerves, sinuses, or bones.
American Dental Association answeredThere are conditions with a high risk of infection and an antibiotic is recommended prior to some dental procedures. Some medications that seniors may take may also have side effects that affect oral health. Seniors can have additional problems from a tooth extraction, including increased healing times.
There are dentists who specialize in caring for the elderly and disabled. Be sure to discuss with him/her extractions for seniors and overall oral health care for seniors.