"Wisdom Tooth Exraction"

About: Kettering General Hospital

I would like to kindly thank the doctor and their team for their professionalism , kindness and compassion.

They did a truly superb job in helping me get through what was a very stressfull, fraught and unpleasant experience. The procedure took a full hour as my wisdom tooth was found to be fused solid to my jaw bone and required topping up the quantity of anaesthetic. Upon reflection I believe that I made an uninformed decision in opting for this procedure to be done under local anaesthetic. This is because I had not been priorly advised in my initial consultation of the potential problems associated with removal of the wisdom tooth other than the post op risk of potential permanent nerve damage which is not dependant upon the choice of anaesthesia. However, I was fully appraised of the possible risks and complications of undergoing general anaesthetic as opposed to local. Suffice to say that if I had of known of the potential extraction complications I would certainly have opted for general anaesthetic and spared myself the horrendous trauma of undergoing the extraction under local anaesthesia.

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Response from Kettering General Hospital

I am glad to hear that you found the Maxillofacial unit team kind and compassionate, however, I am disappointed that you felt mis-informed.

The x-rays we use to make treatment plans are very useful but they do not tell us about the quality of the bone surrounding the tooth. Because of this, clinical judgement is used to list patients with the guidance of the x-ray.

I am certain that the surgeon who you saw would not have listed you to have the procedure with local anaesthetic if he believed it to be a difficult tooth. Unfortunately there are occasions when teeth seem straight forward but do not behave like we would have expected them too.

I am sincerely sorry that you did not have the greatest experience in the Maxillofacial unit and I have passed on your comments on to all of my staff.

Hayley Steptoe

Maxillofacial Unit Sister

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