You probably won't need a follow-up appointment after a wisdom tooth extraction if:
- You don't need stitches removed
- No complications arose during the procedure
- You don't experience persistent problems, such as pain, swelling, numbness or bleeding — complications that might indicate infection, nerve damage or other problems
If complications develop, your dentist or oral surgeon will discuss appropriate treatment options with you.
Apr. 11, 2012
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