Multi-Million Dollar Award In New York for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

A 49 year old man had issues with a wisdom tooth. He went to several different times and had him attempt to remove it. He was sent home believing the extraction had been performed. However, the dentist had stopped the extraction after learning that the tooth was fused to the bone. Several hours after returning home, the man was rushed to the emergency room and was diagnosed with air emphysema and residuals roots by an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon than extracted the remaining portions of the wisdom tooth. Both the oral surgeon and dentist were found liable for the man’s injuries as neither obtained informed consent for the procedures they performed. The man has been unable to return to work as a hydro-geologist, and remains totally disabled as a result of his constant pain. He suffered extensive oral nerve damage, chronic pain, a fractured jaw, memory loss, migraines, permanent loss of taste, fear, anxiety, and depression. The man had subsequent brain surgery (craniotomy) performed to help alleviate his constant-pain. The man was awarded $9.8 million in New York, in October, 2012. See for numerous additional cases of jury awards after wisdom teeth extractions. Sources: Erik Shilling, […]

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Do Physicians and Researchers Profit and Trade Stock on Privileged Information

An interesting article titled “Do Physicians/Researchers Trade Stock Based on Privileged Information?” written by Elie Donath and Mark J. Eisenberg appears in the Summer 2012 issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (vol. 40, issue 2, pages 391-393). Speculation is made that “…physicians/researchers are inappropriately profiting (by buying or selling stock) from information derived from advance copies of high-impact clinical trial data distributed by medical conferences or journals.” A case study is made looking at the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Up until 2008 ASCO selectively and discreetly distributed abstracts from all forthcoming presentations at the ASCO Conference to ASCO members 2 weeks prior to them becoming publicly accessible at the conference. The authors used multiple linear regression to look at the percentage change in stock price on the first trading day following the release of these abstracts. A table in the paper presents the results and more specifics of what the study measured. Two results were made from the study. 1) “stock price movements on the day following abstract-release are strongly indicative of where the stock will end up two weeks later when ASCO happens (i.e., if stock price falls on this day the stock is likely to […]

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Politics of Dental Anesthesiology

A recent article titled “Dental anesthesiology falls short of becoming ADA specialty,” by Rob Goskowski, Nov. 1, 2012, located at, discusses a recent vote that took place at the House of Delegates during the 2012 American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session. The House of Delegates voted against recognizing Dental anesthesiology as the 10th ADA recognized specialty. Steven Ganzberg, a clinical professor and the chair of dental anesthesiology at UCLA says: “This action by the ADA confirms that the ADA process of specialty approval is fatally flawed….This was clearly an effort by the ADA, through AAOMS [the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons], to restrict professional activities that specialty recognition would have provided.” Dr. Ganzberg and some other supporters were hoping that the specialty would be approved as they felt it would lead to increased training and emergency preparedness at dental schools. Dr. Ganzberg goes on to say “We need to work together to improve safety. Unfortunately, oral surgery’s tactics have undermined their relationship with dental anesthesiology. This is unfortunate for oral surgery, as the data are not desirable for them.” AAOMS had concerns about anesthesiology in dentistry moving to just dental anesthesiologists and away from oral surgeons if […]

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Is Your Computer Wrecking Your Health?

As someone who spends a lot of time on the computer, I know that long term use of a computer can pose problems to your health. If you have to use the computer a lot, make sure you take steps, such as setting up a ergonomically correct space, to take steps to stop your computer use from harming your health. I came across the following infographic which goes into more detail on how your computer can wreck your health. I like their recommendation of taking time off on Sunday. Via:

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Should you use Sutures when having Wisdom Teeth Out?

A study titled “A comparative study of the effect of suture-less and multiple suture techniques on inflammatory complications following third molar surgery” appears in the 2012 (in press) International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgry by O.D. Osunde, R.A. Adebola, and B. D. Saheeb. The study in Nigeria included 80 patients between the ages of 18 and 30 who had a mandibular third molar extracted. These patients were randomized into 2 treatment groups A: (suture-less – no sitches) and B: multiple sutures. The operation time was found to be roughly 3 minutes longer in the sutures group (statistically significant). In addition, the suture-less group experienced less pain, swelling, and trismus on post-operative days 1 and 2 (statistically significant). In the article the authors state: “The suture-less technique is cheap, saves operative time, minimizes manipulation of soft tissue and hence causes less surgical morbidity.In addition, with a suture-less technique, like other surgical closure methods that allow for drainage of inflammatory exudates, there may be no need for additional medications such as steroids, use of ice packs, or laser applications. Compared with other secondary closure techniques, suture-less third molar surgery is less traumatic, is devoid of foreign bodies such as gauze or […]

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