The risks and consequences in terms of benefits are always assessed before the procedure. In some cases, the dentist or maxillofacial surgeon may choose not to extract one or more teeth. Examples of untreated cases:
- Teeth included under the bone and without symptoms (e. g. canines or premolars included);
- Danger of damage to nerve structures with the possibility of too great a loss of permanent sensitivity (paresthesia);
- There is too great a risk of damage to the maxillary sinus (upper teeth);
- Patient’s medical condition.
You will be given a consent form to inform you about the issues involved in the surgery, to inform you about possible risks and complications, to provide you with post-operative advice and to ensure that all your questions have been answered. In the case of an extraction that is risky or out of your general dentist’s area of expertise, you may be referred to a maxillofacial surgeon, a dentist who specializes in more complex surgeries.