Potential Complications

In the event of nausea or vomiting following surgery, do not take anything by mouth, including prescribed medicine, for at least an hour. You should then sip slowly on water or flat lemonade over about 15 minutes. When your nausea passes, you can once again eat solid foods and prescribed medicines. If your nausea and vomiting persists, please contact Wisdom for advice.

Numbness of your lip, chin, or tongue is normal and usually temporary. Please remember that if your lip or tongue is numb you could bite yourself and not feel it – so please be careful!
A slightly high temperature immediately following surgery is not uncommon. If the temperature persists, please contact Wisdom for advice.

Take care when standing up from a lying down position, because you can easily become light headed if you stand up suddenly. The fact that you will be unable to eat or drink prior to your surgery, the difficulty of drinking fluids after surgery, and some pain medications, can all contribute to dizziness. Before standing up, try sitting for about a minute, then get up.

Occasionally, you may feel hard projections in the mouth with your tongue, which are the bony walls which supported your tooth. These projections usually smooth out of their own accord, or alternatively they can be removed by Wisdom.

A sore throat and pain when swallowing are not uncommon, but should subside in 2-3 days.

Your jaw muscles may be stiff and cause difficulty opening your mouth for a few days following surgery, but this is a normal condition which will resolve in time.
Wisdom will use sutures in the surgery area to minimise post-operative bleeding and promote healing. These can sometimes become dislodged, but this is no cause for alarm. Simply remove the suture from your mouth and throw it away safely. The remainder of your sutures will be removed about a week after surgery.

You will have a cavity where the tooth was removed, which will gradually fill in with new tissue over 4-6 weeks. In the meantime, you should keep the area clean, especially after meals, with Savacol rinses and tooth brushing.