A problematic tooth extraction injury is not what most people expect in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Although these cases are relatively rare, they can result in permanent damage to the patient. Sometimes, the injury results from a mistake made by the oral surgeon or dentist during a procedure. In one case, performing the procedure at all might have been ill advised.
A 32-year-old male was advised by his general dentist on three different occasions to see an oral surgeon. The primary issue was an impacted first molar. The removal of the remaining wisdom teeth was a secondary goal of the oral surgery. At the time the plaintiff was seen by the oral surgeon, he was not symptomatic. Further, the surgery was typically performed when patients are much younger. Another contraindication in this case was the immediate proximity of the root of the first molar to the inferior alveolar nerve. [Read more…]