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What are the complications associated with wisdom teeth removal?

The most common complications associated with wisdom teeth removal are dry socket and paresthesia. Dry socket happens when a tooth is removed and a blood clot doesn't form in the hole left in the jaw. This can expose the bone underneath and cause severe pain along with a bad odor or taste in the mouth. If a tooth is impacted (doesn't come all the way through the gum), as most wisdom teeth are, dry socket happens up to 30% of the time. Paresthesia is numbness in the area around the extraction or other parts of the mouth caused by nerve damage from the extraction. Other possible complications of removing wisdom teeth include damage to nearby teeth, jaw soreness, and infection.

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