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Infection Lands Dental Patient in the Hospital for More Than a Week


A San Diego dental patient visited her dentist for a simple restorative procedure — placement of a crown — and 2 weeks later she was in the hospital. The patient noticed a significant level of pain following the initial restorative procedure and reported it to her dental practice. The dentist readjusted the crown but declined to prescribe the patient antibiotics even though this was requested. Within a week, the patient was in extreme pain with a swollen face. She visited the emergency department and was admitted for a severe infection that kept her hospitalized for 8 days. The patient has reported the dental office to the Better Business Bureau. Click here to read more.

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