Teen Mysteriously Dies After Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Autopsy inconclusive on Benjamin Edward LaMontagne
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2014 12:50 PM CST

(Newser) – A Maine island town is in mourning, after an 18-year-old boy died three days after getting his wisdom teeth removed. Benjamin Edward LaMontagne died in his mother's arms on Saturday, the Portland Press Herald reports. An autopsy Wednesday was unable to determine a cause of death, but his parents believe it was related to the routine dental surgery performed last Wednesday. LaMontagne's pain and swelling following the surgery had intensified rather than eased.

LaMontagne was an avid bass clarinet player who collected rare sheet music from Europe, and enjoyed trapping lobsters, knitting, and contemplative tea sessions. "If anybody could say they had a complete life after 18 short years, it was Benjamin," his father says, "which makes it all the more painful." Only about two to three out of every 100,000 wisdom teeth removals result in serious complications, and deaths are unheard of, one oral surgeon says. "The frequency of death is so low that it can't be accurately estimated." Additional tests will be done in an effort to determine the cause of death.

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Mar 23, 2014 11:15 AM CDT
I had a dentist from Augusta take out my wisdom teeth that ended up cutting a nerve that made half of my lower jaw numb and tongue numb for over a year and almost starved to death.I heard later that the same dentist had been sued for doing a bad surgery.I should have sued but waited too long and thought the paper I signed in his office that said even if I died during surgery that he was not responsible.If anyone signs a paper like that,I think it is for personal protection but his business insurance would be responsible. My doctor's last name was Sherwood.
Mar 2, 2014 5:50 PM CST
Believe in the tooth fairy or suffer her wrath
Mar 1, 2014 2:26 PM CST
I got a high-grade fever and infection after I got some teeth removed once. My temp went up to 104, ended up having to go to the ER. I was fine before they were removed. If I had to guess, the dentist I went to was using unclean instruments because the place was all open. Pople were placed in cubicles, not rooms, and the dentist just scooted from one cubicle to the next.