In this dental medicine case, a dental expert was called by the plaintiff to establish whether the standard of care was met following oral surgery preformed on the plaintiff by the defendant. The plaintiff appeared for a dental care appointment at the defendant’s office. According to defendant, he had poor oral hygiend, including supragingival calculus, tobacco stains, generalized gingivitis and mild periodontitis. The defendant recommended extraction of plaintiff’s four wisdom teeth, crowns for two other teeth and fillings for five others. Plaintiff signed an informed consent form, initialing a paragraph acknowledging the infection risk associated with extraction.
The wisdom teeth extractions were the final procedures. Plaintiff was provided an antibiotic following extraction of two teeth. A few weeks later, the final two teeth were removed. There were no signs of infection or pericoronitis. Defendant instructed plaintiff not to smoke for 72 hours. Plaintiff cancelled and failed to show up for follow-up appointments. He instead sought medical treatment at a hospital for swelling and pain. A CT of the facial region showed conditions consistent with dental infection. The infection was drained, and the plaintiff was discharged two days later.