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Root left behind

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Posted by: kessiac96  (6 years ago)
Just last Monday, my husband was serve pain, and we didn't know where the pain was coming from. Until I took him to an oral surgeon that informed us that there was a root still in my husbands mouth, that was left from an extraction that he had done over ten years ago. Am I in the right to go after this practice for compensation? Here are some photos and an x-ray to prove my point.
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Just last Monday, my husband was serve pain, and we didn't know where the pain was coming from. Until I took him to an oral surgeon that informed us that there was a root still in my husbands mouth, that was left from an extraction that he had done over ten years ago. Am I in the right to go after this practice for compensation? Here are some photos and an x-ray to prove my point.

Well, it is a shame this happened. Who can remember exactly the situation during the surgery 10 years ago? Maybe your husband was jumping around, impossible to get numb, and it was impossible for the dentist to remove the root at that time. Surely it would have been prudent to refer to an oral surgeon when the dentist realized he could not get it all out. Often roots in function are very difficult to remove, but after time the ligament degenerates, and it very easy to remove.

I sometimes have to leave roots because of surgical risk. Happened last week as a matter of fact. I always tell the patients of the decision, but a lot of times the patient forgets.

The test for malpractice awards is irreparable harm. No irreparable harm happened here- just inconvenience and a little expense.

Sometimes bad things happen in life. We are not morally entitled to big bucks every time something inconvenient happens.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: kessiac96  (6 years ago)
Thank you for your reply, but the first thing that should have happened, was that my husband should have been referred to an oral surgeon. Now, I am not seeking big bucks, please understand that, all I want is to be compensated or this negligence. My husband is a very healthy man. And by him being very healthy at 44, best believe he was in even better health 10 years ago. So, please understand, who in the HELL wants to go this type of surgery again? Don't you think that is a patient knows that they might have to go through this again later in life, that they would have got this done ASAP?

And let me be very clear, this was more than just an inconvenience. For people who don't have money just give, this was more than an inconvenience. My husband suffered very badly. It is so sad for people to think that this was just some little situation. But, of course your opinion is coming from a doctors point of view. When you have to live check to check, and provide for a family on one income, and taken care of others people's child because you want to give a child a better life, then you can tell me what an inconvenience is. And if you paid any attention to what my post.You would see that all I am asking for is compensation. This almost sounds like you are saying this because I am a black woman. Do you feel that's all black people want is to try and get money out people? I am an disabled army vet. or your information.
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Thank you for your reply, but the first thing that should have happened, was that my husband should have been referred to an oral surgeon. Now, I am not seeking big bucks, please understand that, all I want is to be compensated or this negligence. My husband is a very healthy man. And by him being very healthy at 44, best believe he was in even better health 10 years ago. So, please understand, who in the HELL wants to go this type of surgery again? Don't you think that is a patient knows that they might have to go through this again later in life, that they would have got this done ASAP?

And let me be very clear, this was more than just an inconvenience. For people who don't have money just give, this was more than an inconvenience. My husband suffered very badly. It is so sad for people to think that this was just some little situation. But, of course your opinion is coming from a doctors point of view. When you have to live check to check, and provide for a family on one income, and taken care of others people's child because you want to give a child a better life, then you can tell me what an inconvenience is. And if you paid any attention to what my post.You would see that all I am asking for is compensation. This almost sounds like you are saying this because I am a black woman. Do you feel that's all black people want is to try and get money out people? I am an disabled army vet. or your information.


Did not notice or care that you you are a black woman. Race really doesn't matter in this case.

If you had taken your husband to another general dentist, it could have been removed at much less expense than at a surgeon's office.

The root fragment could have originally been much deeper when it broke off. Often roots migrate closer to the gums with time. It could have posed substantial surgical risk to remove before. That is impossible for me to judge without seeing x-rays at the time it broke.

Without further information, it is impossible to judge whether this was negligence or prudent surgical caution. Certainly, we always try to remove root segments this large. Some patient's bone is nearly as hard as concrete, and it is not always possible. I encountered a 29 year old man like this last week. I worked nearly an hour to remove an upper wisdom tooth, and had to leave the end of the root for fear of sinus exposure. I told the patient that he may have to have it removed at a later date.

Life does not go smoothly or perfectly every day. Every surgery does not go perfectly either. Human bodies are extremely variable, so surgery is not always predictable.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: kessiac96  (6 years ago)
Again, thank you for your reply, but leaving a root this large in for over ten years is NOT safe. But, the dental office and the dentist were contacted, and the right thing was done. So, thank you but no thank you to your advice. I will not be visiting your office neither, since you are leaving roots in as well. Thank you!
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Again, thank you for your reply, but leaving a root this large in for over ten years is NOT safe. But, the dental office and the dentist were contacted, and the right thing was done. So, thank you but no thank you to your advice. I will not be visiting your office neither, since you are leaving roots in as well. Thank you!

EVERY DENTIST who has practiced any length of time and extracted teeth has left part of a root to avoid serious surgical complications- like permanent numbness to the tongue and lip and permanent damage to the maxillary sinus. The great majority of time it turns out all right. In your husband's case, it did not.
Posted 6 years ago
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