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Teen Dies During WIsdom Teeth Surgery, Parents Sue

Posted: Dec 17, 2011 1:38 PM

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I can remember the exact moment when I developed an extreme phobia of dentists. It was 1988 ( yes, I'm aging myself). I was in English class and my friend Angelia said she would be out for a couple of days as she was getting her wisdom teeth extracted. She was really pumped about getting to stay home afterward and be spoiled. Angelia never came back. She died during the procedure. Back then it was considered a fluke, but to this day I get scared having major dental work or minor surgeries.

A recent report on The Huffington Post reminded me of this horrible incident. According the Huffinton Post:"The parents of one teen who lost her life from complications during the procedure are suing her surgeon and anesthesiologist, asking how their daughter could have died during a procedure performed on over 5 million Americans per year.

The civil suit raises questions about whether the procedure is actually as necessary as some organizations say and whether the risk of surgery actually outweigh the benefits. This was exactly what happened in this case, say the parents of 17-year-old Jenny Olenick, who died in April when her heart rate and blood oxygen dropped to fatally low levels during the surgery and doctors were unable to resuscitate her."

Critics of the extraction of wisdom teeth claim it is an unnecessary procedure while the majority of dentists say that it helps patients avoid future problems including disease.

What do you think? Is it necessary to have this procedure? When did you have your wisdom teeth removed? Post below.

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