When dental extractions go wrong: An overview of common complications and management

Prim Dent J. 2022 Sep;11(3):88-97. doi: 10.1177/20501684221113415.


The extraction of teeth carries a risk of associated complications, some of which may be predicted, providing an opportunity for them to be prevented or their effects minimised. Prior to embarking on any extraction, the dentist must be confident that they are able to deal with any complication that may arise. This paper provides an overview of the complications of dental extraction which are commonly encountered, considers the factors which predispose to them arising, suggests how the risk of them occurring can be reduced, and describes how they should be managed.

Keywords: Complications; displacement of teeth; maxillary tuberosity fracture; oral surgery; oro-antral communication; surgical extraction.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Tooth Extraction* / adverse effects