What are the complications involved in this procedure?

October 18, 2019

This is usually a very safe procedure, which is carried out by specially trained staff who are very experienced.

Complications with this type of surgery are, fortunately, rare and may not apply to you, but it is important that you are aware of them.


Although there may be a little bleeding at the time if extraction, this usually stops very quickly and is unlikely to be a problem if the wound is stitched. Should the area bleed again when you get home this can usually be stopped by applying pressure over the area for at least 10 minutes with a rolled-up handkerchief or swab.

If the bleeding does not stop, please contact us for further help and advice, or if out of hours then call 111.

Gum recession

The gum around the crown of your tooth can recede following your surgery.


It is important to keep your mouth clean and to reduce or cut down your smoking following the removal of your wisdom teeth to prevent infection.

Antibiotics are not routinely prescribed after surgery, but your surgeon may prescribe antibiotics for particular cases.

Failure of the operation

An apicectomy is not always successful but is often the last attempt to save your tooth. Your surgeon will explain your individual chance of success.

Could you be covered?

Recognised by major healthcare providers

Nicholas Lee: Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Sheffield UK