What are the risks of hemisection dental surgery?

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The main risk of hemisection dental surgery is that the procedure will fail and the tooth will need to be removed at a later time. Surgery is performed because of bone loss or decay between the tooth roots. When there is too little bone supporting the tooth after surgery, the tooth may be unstable. If adequate bone doesn't regrow, the tooth could require extraction.

As with any dental surgery, there also are risks of infection, bleeding and swelling. While local anesthesia is quite safe, it’s possible to get a hematoma--a blood-filled blister--from hitting a blood vessel during injection.

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