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How Does an Extraction Become Complicated?

Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
How Does an Extraction Become Complicated?Everyone is familiar with tooth extractions. For one reason or the other, we have had one or more of our teeth removed. While removing milk teeth doesn't require any assistance from the dentist, the permanent ones require a bit more finesse and skill to extract. As such, a dental surgeon is the one usually doing the job.

People choose to extract their teeth because of issues such as tooth decay, trauma, injuries, gum diseases or even malocclusion. When a tooth is extracted, there is a host of issues that we have come to expect. These include bruising, inflammation, pain and bleeding. However, sometimes we encounter more complications that need some specialized treatment.

They include:

A Bite Collapse

In cases where several of the back teeth have been removed, we sometimes see a bite collapse. A bit collapse is a condition whereby lower jaw rotates too close to the upper one. Also called a loss of vertical dimension of occlusion, this complication often results in the change in how muscles contract, thereby causing problems chewing and even more outward symptoms such as cracked lips.


For people who have had a history of radiation treatment, Osteoradionecrosis is a very common complication that affects a lot of people in the United States. This condition involves the death of the lower jawbone because of the damage to the blood vessels after a tooth has been surgically extracted. In cases such as these, you need to come in for some specialized treatment so that we can help alleviate the symptoms of the conditions such as swelling, pain, redness and other signs of gum infection.

Maxillary Sinus Exposure

When the upper molars are surgically extracted, you find that there might be a hole opening up in the maxillary sinus. Once this hole is exposed, it can lead to further complications such as infections. These infections can spin out of control if they aren't handled very carefully.

Surgical tooth extractions usually take a session or two, plus some follow up so that we can inspect your dental health and catch any issue before it grows out of proportion. This way you get to keep your smile without worrying about additional complications.
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