Is there damage to the jaw when getting an impacted wisdom tooth removed?

Jaw Damage. It is possible to have damage to the jaw, but that is rare. Normally during an extraction the oral surgeon or dentist will only remove bone that keeps the wisdom tooth from coming out on its own. After about 2 months the bone will fill in to the empty socket where the tooth was and any bone that needed to be removed. A few months later you wont be able to tell a tooth was even there.
Impacted wisdom. Removal of an impacted tooth is a surgical procedure ; with all surgical procedures there are always risks. The more impacted the tooth the more likely the risk. Lt may require removal of some bone which usually fills in completely over time. Risk of nerve damage is also possible but usually temporary if at all. It's extremely important to discuss risks prior to surgery ; choose qualified surgeon.
Occasionally. Sometimes the jaw is stretched very wide in order to reach the tooth and remove it and this can damage the jaw joint. Kind of like hyperextending the knee. Most often this damage is temporary, but can be permanent.
Yes, but. Yes, there is a very long list of possible complications after wisdom tooth extraction. In the hands of a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon, serious complications are rare. Have a consultation with an oral surgeon. He/she will show you an educational video, examine you, and thoroughly discuss your situation.

Related Questions

I know everyone is different, but how uncomfortable is it to get an impacted wisdom tooth removed while awake? Is it do-able?

Yes. you do not need to be put to sleep for an extraction. The Lidocaine will make it painless. Read more...
I have removed . Wisdom teeth for 32 years and can say that removal with local anesthic only is "do-able". However, many patients prefer sedation or general anesthesia for this surgery and some do not. The discomfort during the surgery should be zero either way. Discus these options with your surgeon and decide the best course for your specific situation. . Read more...
Local anesthesia. Local anesthesia alone (with or without Nitrous Oxide\Oxygen = Laughing Gas = Sweetair) has been the standard of care in my office for over 40 years. However, for some patients they prefer to be "put to sleep", be aware of nothing during the procedure and wake up and it's all over! It is a very individual decision and you own dentist can help you decide what is best for you. Read more...

My impacted wisdom tooth was removed. My jaw near the said tooth sometimes get lock, and sometimes back to normal again. Should I see a doctor?

See a dentists. See a dentist who has some training and experience treating patients with TMD\TMJoint dysfunction. Read more...
TMJ problem. Sounds like your jaw joint disk is locked out of position. He the oral surgeon who removed the tooth. He/she may confirm the diagnosis and refer you to a TMJ specialist. You may need a procedure to unlock the joint. Read more...
See OFP specialist. The Orofacial Pain specialists provide diagnosis and management of pain in the head, face and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). They have trained 2-3 additional years after completing dental school in. They are the experts in this field. Look for OFP specialist near you. Read more...

One year ago had an impacted wisdom tooth removed. I still have numbness and pain. Surgeon say every things alright but it's annoying?

Something is wrong~. It is not normal to be numb for so long after an extraction. I urge you to go at once to another oral surgeon, possibly a doctor in a hospital, and try to find out why you are still numb, and what can be done about it. You must seek help at once. It may already be too late for surgical correction of the problem. You may want to see a neurologist who is a medical doctor and not a dentist. Read more...
Consequence. Parasthesia is sometimes an unfortunate consequence of 3rd molar surgery. Risk of parasthesia should have been reviewed with you before surgery. Read more...
Get a 2nd opinion. If your surgeon feels that everything is alright, and you're not satisfied, then you need to get a second opinion from another dental surgeon. You want to make sure that your nerve wasn't injured during wisdom tooth extraction, or if it's just sensitivity around the area. It never hurts to get a second, or even third opinion, if you're not satisfied with your first opinion. It's important to have peace of mind. Read more...
Not all right ! One year is too long for normal recovery from wisdom extractions, is it a lower tooth?, if that's the case get a second opinion , preferably a nerve specialist. Read more...

I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed 5 days ago via local anesthetic. I have another 3 (no impact) wisdoms to come out, What's better local or general?

Personal Preference. If you had an impacted wisdom tooth removed under local anesthesia and were comfortable during the procedure, you should do well with the removal of the other three under local anesthesia. Whether or not to choose a general anesthetic may depend upon the level of anticipated difficulty and any anxiety you may have now with multiple extractions being performed in one setting or multiple visits. Read more...
Your choice. You know what the surgery is like. Many patients prefer to be asleep for the procedure. Some awake. Discuss with your oral surgeon. Read more...
The Comfort Zone. If you are one of the many people apprehensive about oral surgery, you can request sleep dentistry for your comfort. You could just sleep through your dental treatment. Sedation dentistry allows appropriately trained dentists to create a safe and comfortable dental experience. Read more...

Got LL impacted wisdom tooth removed 5/18. Can I eat rice now? Can I rinse with the syringe? How long until the hole closes?

Yes. You can resume your normal diet. The time till the socket fills in with new bone and tissue depends on several factors and is hard to predict. Remember to keep your mouth clean and go back to your dentist if you experience heat, redness, swelling with pain, pus or a bitter taste in your mouth. If you have additional questions contact me for an inbox consult at healthtap.com/douglasdds . Read more...

My 54 yr old friend had an impacted wisdom tooth removed last Thursday, in extreme pain. Can she take a percocet and lortab about 1hr apart?

Need to be careful. Be careful when mixing and matching pain medications. Both the percocet and lortab contain acetaminophen, so by taking both you have to make sure you aren't taking too much acetaminophen. Also the opioid component of both medications can "stack" or build up, so you have to be careful about this too. Your friend should contact her dentist. Best of luck. Read more...
Call the surgeon. If your friend is in extreme pain following an extraction, she should call the surgeon so that she can be evaluated. Secondly, without having a full medical history on hand with all meds being taken, it is not prudent to advise anyone over the internet, sight unseen, what medication to take. Have the surgeon make that determination. Read more...
Call surgeon. If there is that much pain call surgeon immediately. Should not take 2 narcotic tablets that close together. Read more...