Does Intravaneuous Dexamethasone Reduce Pain and Swelling and Improve Mouth Opening After Wisdom Teeth Surgery?

An interesting article titled “Efficacy of intravenous dexamethasone administered preoperatively and postoperatively on pain, swelling, and trismus following third molar surgery. A comparative study” written by Giri et al. appears in the 2019 edition of Oral Surgery (vol. 12, pp. 110-117). The article explores if intravenous dexamethasone given either shortly before or after wisdom teeth surgery has any any effect when compared on the time of administration on pain, swelling, and trismus (mouth opening) experienced in the week after surgery. Previously on this site in a post titled Does Intravaneuous Ibuprofen Reduce Pain After Wisdom Teeth Surgery? it was shown that preoperative intravenous ibuprofen administration significantly reduced the pain experienced after surgery. In the article by Giri the authors say that dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid that has a strong anti-inflammatory action. Dexamethasone has a half-life of 36–54 hours … Read more

Personal Injuries After Wisdom Teeth Removal

For many wisdom teeth surgery means having surgery for an hour or so, resting up at home and eating a restricted diet for a few days at home afterwards, and then getting back on with their normal life. However, wisdom teeth removal does not always go to plan and many suffer from complications, such as described at http://www.teethremoval.com/complications.html. For some of these people, the complications can be very life altering and life changing. They may even mean life as it once was will never be the same. Many patients who suffer from complications file civil lawsuits and sue in an attempt to be awarded damages including money. Cases of personal injuries after wisdom teeth are described at http://www.teethremoval.com/dental_malpractice.html. Other examples of these cases have been discussed in past blog posts such as Was Wisdom Teeth Removal Performed Without Consent that … Read more

Legal Aspects of Sexual Assault During Wisdom Teeth Removal

As has been discussed on this site before, sexual assault can and does happen during wisdom teeth removal. Its a grim reality that happens more frequently than one would think. See for example the posts Teenager Sexually Assaulted by Dental Assistant during Wisdom Teeth Removal, Dentist Who Groped Patients Sentenced to Jail, and Recent Cases of Dentist Assistant Sexual Assault During Wisdom Teeth Removal along with http://www.teethremoval.com/sexual_assault_under_anesthesia_for_wisdom_teeth_removal.html where cases of sexual assault occurring during wisdom teeth surgery are described. When such cases occur, this can cause the victims to want to bring civil cases against the dentist or oral surgeon. There are also criminal charges that can filed by the federal or state government. Thus it is important to understand the differences between civil and criminal law. When a civil dispute occurs between the private rights of individuals, civil litigation … Read more

What is the Polo Mint Wisdom Tooth and How to Treat It

An interesting article titled “Identifying the Polo® mint mandibular third molar: a case series” written by Chopra et al. appears in the 2019 edition of Oral Surgery (vol. 12, pp. 89-95). The article discusses lower wisdom teeth that have a perforation in the root where the inferior dental nerve passes through and resemble the classic perforation within the Polo Mint confectionary (the Polo mint is a breath mint with a hole in the middle). These type of wisdom teeth are described as being uncommon, occurring every 1 in 800 cases or less; however they present a high degree of inferior dental nerve injury if they are extracted. The authors state that surgeons may only seen one or two cases in their entire career. In the article the authors describe a study from 2010 to 2017 where they identified 22 cases … Read more

Music to Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Surgery: 2021 Edition

While 2020 has been a very different year than normal, the new year of 2021 is now here. As has been done in years past on this blog, to kick off the new year, a post has been made about music one can listen to after having wisdom teeth extracted. There are of course other ways to recover, such as watching TV or reading books, but this post is to give some music recommendations available on YouTube for a listen. As mentioned earlier, many posts in the past have appeared on this site providing recommendations for music to listen to after wisdom teeth removal. These posts for a recap are: YouTube Musicians Rock and Roll Songs Jazz Songs Christian Music Gangnam Style 2013 Edition 2018 Edition 2019 Edition 2020 Edition Below is the 2021 edition of music to listen to … Read more