Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow into the back of your mouth typically during your teenage years. Because these molars often misalign and cause complications, you may have decided to have a dentist or oral surgeon extract them.
While pulling wisdom teeth is a common procedure, dental professionals occasionally make mistakes. Dentists and oral surgeons owe you a duty of care when removing your wisdom teeth. If a dental professional breaches this duty, you may experience a lifetime of consequences. If you sustain an injury during the extraction, you may be able to pursue compensation to help you recover from the effects of medical malpractice.
After a routine molar extraction, you may expect a few days of discomfort. You should not, however, have serious medical complications from this type of oral surgery. If you notice any of the following symptoms, your dental professional’s actions may be to blame:
- Excessive bleeding at the extraction site
- Discharge at the extraction site or through the nose
- Prolonged tingling or numbness in your mouth
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Loss of taste or smell
- Severe pain
Because of the location of the surgical site, those who have had a wisdom tooth extraction are vulnerable to infection. While many infections are treatable with antibiotics, some can be life-threatening. Accordingly, if you have signs of infection, such as inflammation or fever, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Your mouth has hundreds of nerves and nerve endings that allow you to speak, eat, drink and experience pain. During a wisdom tooth extraction, dental professionals regularly use a numbing agent, such as Novocain, to deaden these nerves. Within a few hours of the procedure, your numbness should subside. If it does not, you may have sustained nerve damage during your extraction. This damage may be due to a surgical error or an anesthesia-related one.