What are possible complications of hemisection dental surgery?

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Possible complications of hemisection dental surgery include bleeding, infection and loss of the tooth. Hemisection dental surgery usually is performed because there is bone decay between the roots of a tooth, resulting from periodontal (gum) disease. If bone loss is extensive, and if enough bone doesn't grow back after the surgery, there may not be enough bone to support the tooth. In that case, the tooth could fracture or be too unstable to remain in the mouth.

Infection may develop if bacteria get into the wound during the procedure. Your dentist will probably prescribe antibiotics after the surgery; it's important that you complete the entire course and follow all of your dentist's instructions.

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