A dentist made multiple failures in treating an infection following her wisdom tooth extraction. Photo / 123rf
A woman in her 20s spent two nights in a New Zealand intensive care unit (ICU) after getting one of her wisdom teeth removed.
Today, a Health and Disability Commission report revealed the hospital stay came after a dentist made multiple failures in treating an infection following her wisdom tooth extraction, including allowing his patient to self-medicate and mistaking it for a dry socket.
The woman – who has not been named for privacy reasons – had her lower right wisdom removed in April 2018.
In the days following, she developed a painful mouth and “was finding it difficult to eat or open her mouth”, the report said. She visited the dental service on three occasions to discuss her symptoms.
She also began taking an antibiotic not prescribed by the dental clinic, which