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Surgical Risks

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Open and frank discussions about the risks of surgery are obligatory for every health professional who provides surgical services. It is not meant to frighten, but to fully inform patients who ultimately must decide whether to proceed with their surgery based on the balance of information about the risks vs. benefits provided by the surgeon.

Fortunately, surgical risks have significantly diminished over the years because of improved surgical techniques, instruments, materials and training which have made Surgery very safe.

Surgical risks are uncommon but real possibilities so it is important that you ask questions during your consultation.

Below is a short list of general risks associated with Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery procedures:

  • Infection
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Dry socket / osteonecrosis
  • Nerve damage
  • Poor wound healing
  • Jaw fracture
  • Scarring
  • Chronic pain
  • Jaw lock/dislocation
  • Failure of implant / loose screws
  • Malocclusion (altered bite)
  • Chronic sinus problems
  • Loss of graft
  • Adverse reaction to medication, including anaesthetics

During your consultation, your Surgeon will discuss the potential risks that are associated with your particular surgery and more detailed information will be provided to you during your visit.