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Duration: 1 hour, 37 minutes, 35 seconds

Author: Dr. Earl Freymiller

Complications in Dentoalveolar Surgery

The Importance of Preventative Measures


The Role of the Oral Surgeon

The speaker, an oral surgeon at UCLA, has extensive experience in treating private patients, residents, and dental students.

Distinguishing Between “Y Surgeons” and “Clever Surgeons”

The speaker explains that “Y surgeons” focus on preventing complications from occurring, while “clever surgeons” know how to effectively treat complications when they do occur.

Informing Patients About Potential Complications

Setting realistic expectations

Avoiding Misunderstandings and Accusations

By informing patients about potential complications prior to treatment, misunderstandings and accusations of fault can be avoided.

Intraoperative Complications

Broken Needles

Discussion and prevention strategies


Causes, prevention, and management

Post-operative Complications

Dry Socket

Risk factors, prevention, and treatment options


Types of infections, symptoms, and appropriate antibiotic therapy

Wound Dehiscence

Causes, assessment, and management

Oral and Facial Fistula

Understanding the development and treatment options

Nerve Injury

Types of nerve injuries, prevention, and potential treatments


Summarizing the importance of preventative measures and informed patient consent

FAQs about Complications in Dentoalveolar Surgery

1. How common are complications in dentoalveolar surgery?


2. Can all complications be prevented?


3. What should patients do if they experience complications after surgery?


4. Are there any long-term consequences of dentoalveolar surgery complications?


5. How can patients prepare themselves for surgery to minimize the risk of complications?


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