This is a follow up my last blog post titled, “Important Questions to Ask to Determine if there was a Deviation in the Standard of Dental Care in Georgia when Treating a Patient Requesting Dental Implants ~ part one.” The following are more of some of the important questions that should be asked to determine if the Standard of Care was followed when Treating Patient Requesting Dental Implants:
6.) Was an an Informed Consent Obtained?
Why is this important? The patient must consent to the procedure, and the clinician must obtain a signed informed consent from the patient prior to the procedure.
7.) Was a Pre-Operative Evaluation Performed?
Why is this important? A careful evaluation and understanding of the bone anatomy and architecture, including the quantity and quality of available bone, are mandatory before implant placement to avoid and/or reduce complications by proper patient selection and evaluation.
8.) What Complications Did the Patient Experience?
Why is this important? The clinician must identify the following post-operative complications and mange them appropriately: 1.) Implant mobility; 2.) Pain; 3.) Numbness; 4.) Trauma; 5.) Infection; and 6.) Bone Fractures.
9.) Was the Patient Provided with Medications Post-Operatively?
Why is this important? Antibiotics must be provided post-operatively and the following are some of the recommended antibiotics to help control post-operative infection: 1.) Cephalexin; 2.) Amoxicillin; and 3.) Clindamycin
10.) Was the Patient Provided with Post Operative Instructions?
Why is this important? To ensure the implants durability and success, the clinician must provide adequate instructions to the patient regarding proper maintenance of the mouth and implant.
11.) Were any Delayed Post-Operative Complications Identified?
Why is this important? The following are possible delayed post-operative complications associated with implant placement that should be addressed including, but not limited to: 1.) Unstable Implant; 2.) Implant Malposition; 3.) Excessive Vertical and Horizontal Bone Loss; 4.) Unanticipated Bony Deficiency; 5.) Dehiscence; 6.) Fracture of bone during the osteotomy; or 7.) Hyperplastic soft tissue response and graft failure.