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Wisdom tooth removal is a necessary treatment that needs to be taken seriously. If you don’t take it seriously, there are complications that can occur that cause pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. Some complications that can happen during or after wisdom tooth removal include:

Dry socket: Dry socket is a common complication that occurs when the blood clot is dislodged from the bone socket of the missing tooth. This generally happens when you use a straw, smoke, or treat the area poorly. When you suffer from dry socket, you will feel pain and smell a foul odor. Your dentist will treat the complication with oral medication.

Paresthesia: Paresthesia is a rare complication that occurs when your oral nerves are damaged or bruised during the tooth extraction. When this happens, your tongue, lips, or chin become numb. You might not be able to feel these parts of your body for days, weeks, or even months.

It’s best to avoid these complications as much as possible so you can recover properly and have the top-notch oral health you deserve. If you need help doing so or if you have any questions about wisdom tooth removal in Decatur, Illinois, then please call Central Illinois Smiles at 217.877.1742 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Amanda Lewis, if you have any concerns for your oral health. We are here to help you in any way we can!