A 45-year-old healthy man was scheduled to have
two teeth extracted for progressive dental caries. The patient
underwent the extractions, awoke from the anesthesia, and then
realized that his upper left molars had been extracted instead of
his right. The error was recognized and acknowledged immediately
following the procedure. The patient still required extraction of
the diseased teeth, which occurred a few weeks later. He developed
no significant complication from either surgical procedure other
than enduring two rounds of anesthesia because of the error.
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Figure. Dental Diagram.
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