As a result of this long history of poor hygiene, the patient required extensive dental care, including the removal of several teeth. After undergoing his first extraction, the dentist noted that the tooth and socket appeared relatively healthy and free of infection. A few days after the procedure, the patient returned to the dentist complaining of severe pain in the socket of the extracted tooth. The dentist noted no abnormalities during this visit, and sent the patient home with instructions to follow up should the pain become worse.
Several days later, the patient again returned to the dentist complaining of even worse pain; it was at this point that the dentist began to administer antibiotics. The next day, the patient began to vomit uncontrollably, and was unable to consume any solid food or liquids. Several hours after the vomiting began, the patient also began to experience muscle spasms that prevented him from opening his mouth.
The patient returned to his dentist emergently, who immediately told him to go to the emergency room. The patient was given a range of antibiotics over the next few weeks, however they proved ineffective and he was eventually admitted to the hospital. There, it was discovered that the patient’s infection had penetrated the bone in his jaw, and surgery was performed to remove the infected tissue and bone. It is alleged that the Plaintiff should have received antibiotics immediately after the extraction due to his poor oral health, and that the infection that resulted could have been prevented with proper care by the extracting dentist.