Most wisdom tooth extractions don't result in long-term complications. Problems that can occur include:

  • Dry socket, or exposure of bone when the post-surgical blood clot is dislodged from the site of the surgical wound (socket) — a complication that delays healing and causes pain
  • Infection in the socket from bacteria or trapped food particles
  • Damage to sinuses near the upper wisdom teeth
  • Weakening of the lower jawbone
  • Damage to nerves that results in altered sensation in the lower lip, tongue or chin
Apr. 11, 2012