If you haven't already, you'll likely have a conversation with your dentist about your wisdom teeth at some point. When these four new teeth erupt, they're not only more difficult to clean due to their location at the back of the mouth, but they also may not fit comfortably in the mouth. This means removing them is often the best option for your oral health.
Though this surgery is a common procedure and usually goes well, wisdom teeth removal complications can occur. Anywhere from 2.6% to 30.9% of patients experience complications from wisdom tooth removal, according to a study in the American Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Being prepared for these possibilities is key to appropriately handling or even preventing them. Here are five of the most common complications to help you jump-start a discussion with your dentist.