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A less common side effect is a condition known as an oral-antral fistula, which happens when an upper molar is taken out. During the operation, a small cavity will be made from the mouth to the sinuses. Most of the time the tissue heals with no ill effects, but there is a possibility of infection. This is a recognized risk factor, and many dental surgeons warn patients to comply with their antibiotics treatment during the entire recovery duration. That said, many patients who have had their upper molars extracted are more likely to develop colds or a stuffed nose; although again, this should disappear within a few days. If the infection becomes severe, the individual may have to visit a general practitioner in tandem with his or her dentist to treat the cold while maintaining the stability of the wound healing.
Wisdom tooth extraction does not cause sinus infection though there are risks that are heavily emphasized before the operation. It is thus important for patients to have a clear understanding of the procedure, possible risks, and after-care.
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