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Practice Management Clinics

Friday, September 16, 2011
8:00AM - 10:00AM


(C) 109A-B


So You Haven't Extracted the Wrong Tooth... Yet? Avoid the Pitfalls of Wrong Tooth Surgery!

Richard C. Robert, DDS, MS
Clinical Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of California at San Francisco
South San Francisco, CA

Arthur W. Curley, BS, JD
Attorney, Community Dentistry
Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry, UOP
Larkspur, CA


Wrong tooth surgery continues to plague oral and maxillofacial surgery, despite advances in the technology of record keeping and x-rays. Such incidents are almost completely avoidable. This program provides an overview of the recurrent causes of wrong site surgery and offers tips on avoiding such incidents with designed protocols for referrals, documentation, and conduct before surgery such as extractions are performed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Institute Protocols that will recognize referral errors before they are acted upon;
  2. Establish presurgical protocols for image evaluation, patient communication, and surgical site preparation to prevent the unintended removal of teeth; and
  3. Adapt and install new habits and customs that minimize the risk of wrong site surgery.

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