Dental Surgery Complication Classification Scale

1.

Any deviation from the normal post-operative course without the need for pharmacological treatment, dental or surgical interventions.

Full resolution can be obtained over the phone/text/email by dental personnel or by the dental surgeon.

The patient does not need to leave their residence for full resolution of the complication.

There is no expense to either party.

2.

Any deviation from the normal post-operative course requiring pharmacological treatment with drugs other than what is already prescribed or the need for dental intervention.

The patient may need to return to the dental clinic, but does not need to see the dental surgeon for full resolution of the complication.

The complication requires the patient to leave their residence for management.

Cost to the patient due to travel/time away from work and they may incur additional expenses.

Lost opportunity cost to the dental personnel, but not the dental surgeon directly.

3.

Any deviation from the normal post-operative course requiring surgical, dental or prosthetic intervention by the dental surgeon.

The patient and dental surgeon need to meet for full resolution of the complication.

Full resolution of the complication requires exactly one appointment.

Cost to patient due to travel time/time away from work and they may incur additional expenses.

Lost opportunity cost to the dental surgeon.

4.

Any deviation from the normal post-operative course requiring surgical, dental or prosthetic intervention by the dental surgeon.

The patient and dental surgeon need to meet for full resolution of the complication.

Full resolution of the complication requires two or more appointments.

Cost to the patient due to travel time/time away from work and they may incur additional expenses.

Lost opportunity cost to dental surgeon and additional expense incurred for full resolution of the complication.

5.

Any deviation from the normal post-operative course requiring surgical, dental or prosthetic intervention by the dental surgeon and a third party dental specialist.

Full resolution of the complication requires one or more appointments with the dental surgeon and one or more appointments with a third party dental specialist.

Expense incurred by both the patient and dental surgeon.

6.

Any deviation from the normal post-operative course requiring hospitalization.

Full resolution of the complication is beyond the scope of dentistry.

Expense incurred by the patient, dental surgeon and health care system.

7.

Death of a patient.