Carey woke up in the dental chair after being “put to sleep”
for wisdom tooth surgery. He needed two wisdom teeth extracted, one of
which was impacted, and therefore the oral surgeon needed to place him
under general anesthesia to perform the surgery. Carey did not know the
surgeon well; his regular dentist referred him to the oral surgeon.
Carey felt much like he did when he was previously under general anesthesia;
a little disorientated, without recollection of the surgery, but otherwise
fine. Obviously, he knew that he would be sore and in pain for a few days,
but that was all.
The days following the procedure turned out to be generally fine, the pain
medication that which the doctor prescribed helped a great deal. But he
still felt uncomfortable and his jaw hurt more than expected; pain he
still felt despite the medication.
After waiting another two weeks, Carey returned to his regular dentist
and explained his worries. The dentist X-rayed him and discovered that
Carey’s jaw was broken. The dentist knew that a fracture there did
not exist prior to surgery because X-rays back then were fine. Carey was
not involved in any type of accident and impact to his jaw, so the only
possible explanation was that Carey’s jaw was broken during his
wisdom tooth extraction.
Experienced Newburgh dental malpractice attorneys know that botched wisdom tooth extractions leading to jaw fractures are
rare, but they do happen. Negligently performed wisdom tooth extractions
can also cause infections, uncontrolled bleeding, sinus perforation, nerve
damage, and temporomandibular joint injuries. Dentists and oral surgeons
have even been known to extract the wrong teeth.
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common event for most people. These teeth, if left in a person’s
mouth, can cause crowding, infection, and damage to other teeth. For these
reasons, wisdom teeth are removed. Just like with any other medical procedure,
risks come with the territory. One expects that pain, swelling, difficulty
eating, and the like will occur after the extraction.
One does not expect the wisdom tooth extraction to be negligently performed.
A fractured jaw is not expected, nor is sinus perforation, nerve damage
and or unending mouth/lip numbness.
Patients experiencing these problems should pause and wonder if the dentist
and or oral surgeon committed medical malpractice. If the medical professional
did indeed commit negligence, the injured patient can receive compensation
for their damages.
Learn more about New York Dental Malpractice inour latest article posted here. Read more about negligent root canals resulting in medical malpracticein our blog posted here.
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