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Can You Die From Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Illustration of an impacted wisdom toothWisdom teeth removal is a common surgical procedure that is deemed safe. According to the American Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the chances of death are 1 in 365,534 procedures, usually because of anesthesia.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the four molars located at the back of the mouth. They are strong, tough, and wide to aid in food grinding. There are two main reasons why these teeth are removed.


Impaction occurs when a tooth does not come out of the gum or when it comes out only partially. Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge at the age of 17-21, and at times, they get stuck on the gum tissue or jaw bone. Some of the causes of impaction are overcrowding of teeth or malformations such as twisting, tilting, or displacement. Impacted wisdom teeth have to be surgically removed.

Infection and Cavities

Other times, normal wisdom teeth get infected or develop cavities. Root infections, gum problems, or jawbone malformations are all risk factors for wisdom teeth problems. Bacteria and cysts associated with poor oral hygiene are the possible causes of wisdom root infection and cavities. Common signs of a diseased wisdom tooth are mouth odor and tooth pain. An infected tooth wisdom tooth should be removed promptly to prevent the spread of infections.

How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Dentists use two common wisdom tooth removal procedures to extract wisdom teeth. Simple and surgical extraction.

Simple Extraction

This is the most common technique used in instances when the wisdom tooth sticks out of the gum. A dentist numbs your gums and then uses an elevator or a dental forceps to remove the tooth.

Surgical Extraction

This technique is mostly used in case a tooth is impacted. Since the tooth is below the gum, a surgeon will have to cut the gum open to remove it. Local or general anesthesia may be used to alleviate the pain. Over-the-counter medications are then used to manage pain after the surgery.

The risk of dying from a wisdom tooth removal is minimal, provided a qualified dentist conducts the procedure. Removing diseased or impacted wisdom teeth is recommended for dental health.

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