Even with proper care, operations still carry some risk of complications occurring.
The surgical site remaining after an impacted tooth is removed is a large one, and healing may
be delayed because the body is unable to rebuild the normal tissue as quickly as a smaller site.
Fortunately in the upper jaw, healing usually proceeds uneventfully. However, in the lower jaw,
healing usually takes longer.
After surgery, you must cleanse the mouth thoroughly after food intake. If anything clings to
the stitches or extraction site, the gum tissue, or surgery site- infection or delayed healing may
result. There is typically some bleeding afterwards, but this will be slight and will stop on its
own after a few hours. If heavy or moderate bleeding persists, please contact our office
immediately. The doctor is always available to be contacted if there is a problem.
Lower impacted teeth usually rest on the main nerve to the lower jaw, and are often near the
main nerve to the tongue. Sometimes, in spite of all precautions, these nerves are bruised or
stretched. The result may be an altered sensation which is often partial or complete numbness
of the lower lip, chin, inside of cheek, all teeth on that side, and the tip of the tongue. In most
cases, the effect does not last more than a few weeks, improving as the nerve repairs. In some
cases, the altered sensation may last several months or years, or may even be permanent. This
is very rare in this kind of procedure. The occurrence and duration of this problem is
unpredictable. Altered sensation does not affect appearance in any way.
Upper impacted third molars lie against the wall of the sinus. Occasionally, the thin wall of
bone cracks slightly and blood seeps into the sinus. In such an event, the patient may notice the
presence of blood in their nose. If you follow the prescribed post-operative instructions, this
will clear up promptly.
All patients that are about to have impacted teeth removed should understand that adjacent
teeth might have been weakened or injured by the presence of the impacted tooth. The injury
may not be apparent until the impacted tooth is removed. This often means that these teeth
may be sensitive or feel slightly loose. Adjacent teeth must be considered on probation for
three to six months after the procedure. Meticulous oral hygiene routine must be followed
during this time.
Large fillings or crowns next to impacted teeth may be dislodged during surgery. If necessary, a
temporary filling will be placed and you will be asked to return for treatment once healing is
In very rare instances, the removal of impacted teeth from the lower jaw results in a jaw
fracture. In some cases, this may be predicted before surgery, and you will be informed of the
possibility. In any case, this may occur because the unusual position of the wisdom tooth has
weakened the jaw. Every possible precaution is taken to prevent such occurrence.
Unusual reactions, either mild or severe, may possibly occur from anesthetics, or with
medications administered or prescribed. All prescription drugs are to be taken as instructed.
Women taking oral contraceptives must be aware that antibiotics can render contraceptives
ineffective. Other forms of contraceptive must be used during the treatment period.
It is the responsibility of the patient to inform the dentist of any heart problems known or
suspected, as well as any other medical condition or allergy that you may have.
It is the responsibility of the patient to seek attention should any problems or concerns occur
post-operative. It is very important to follow all post-operative instructions.
By signing this consent I am acknowledging that the fees for this service have been explained
to be, and are satisfactory. I acknowledge that Dr. Safari is not a specialized oral surgeon, but
rather a general practitioner who has performed numerous successful surgical procedures. I
understand that by signing this consent, I am allowing Dr. Safari or his associates to render
any treatment that is necessary, including anesthetics and/or medications.
I have had the opportunity to read the information given to me on this consent form, and
clearly understand all possible risks stated above. I had had the opportunity to ask any
questions I may have.
Once fully read and reviewed, please make sure that the above document is filled out appropriately.
By signing below and submitting this document, we are assuming that it has been read in its entirety.
All patient signatures will be verified for authenticity in the office.