Minneapolis, MN asked in Medical Malpractice for Minnesota

Q: Piece of tooth left found on after extraction 2 months after surgery and second visit to surgeon. Do I have a case?

On 5/1 I had 2 impacted wisdom teeth removed under general anesthesia. Healing was going well but I still had jaw pain two weeks later. I could barely open my mouth and was out of pain medication and was using just ibuprofen. I went back to the surgeon's office where I saw a second surgeon who did an examination and cleaned the extraction site. I was told I was just suffering muscle spasms of the jaw. I was prescribed more pain medication and an antibiotic. Jaw pain went away in another 10 days, but still, bumping my jaw was painful even 2 months later. This morning 7/3, I felt something poking out of the hole and after dislodging the item with some pain, I looked at it wondering if it was a piece of chip or other food particulate. But it is unbreakable and looks like/ feels like bone-- a little over an inch long with jagged edges. My jaw no longer hurts when pressure is applied to my face and jaw region. Do I have a malpractice case here? Especially after a second visit?

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Peter N. Munsing

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  • Wyomissing, PA

A: Problem is you would have to prove that was what caused the item and that it was from your tooth and not a piece of bone from something you ate. Size seems big for a tooth fragment.Follow up with a dentist to make sure what you pulled out wasn't a problem

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