RISKS AND INCONVENIENCES
Inherent in Dr. Ritsco’s proposed Treatment Plan (as well as with many similar or other dental procedures) are certainly actual and potential risks and inconveniences, which vary based on individual circumstances and variations in teeth and gums. These risks and inconveniences may last for a short or indefinable length of time. They include, but are not necessarily limited to swelling, pain, tooth sensitivity, bleeding, bruising, discoloration, gum recession, abscesses, the need to repeat all or part of the procedure for known or unknown reasons, gagging, exposure of crown margins or edges, numbness, gum, bone or teeth inflammation, lisping, speech impediments or speaking difficulties, infections, transmission of bacteria or virus, changes in facial appearance, stretching of the mouth resulting in cracked corners, stiffness of facial muscles, changes in occlusion, tooth mobility, loss of teeth, oral surgery, food impaction, root staining, oral opening restrictions, tissue sloughing, continued periodontal disease, implant rejections, root canal therapy, numbness of lip, chin, and gums, dental neuropathy, temporary or permanent numbness or tingling in the lip, tongue, teeth, gums, chin, cheek or jaw area, nerve problems, parestesia, joint pain/disorder, need for a night guard, accidental nicks or cuts from dental instruments or needle sticks to the body, injuries to adjacent facial area and teeth, fillings in other teeth, other tissues, sutures, chipping, breaking or loosening of the temporary or permanent restorations, accidentally swallowing or aspirating restorations, materials or dental tools, referred pain to the ear, neck, jaw or head, temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) problems, nausea, allergic reaction, bone fracture, delayed healing, sinus complications, adverse reaction to drugs, medications, and/or anesthetic (including nitrous oxide), respiratory distress, heart failure, or death. You understand that your condition may be the same, better or worse after treatment. If previously placed dental restorations are in place on teeth, the Treatment Plan may entail additional alteration of tooth structure to properly prepare these teeth for new restorations, and/or other unknown or unspecified problems or risks, which Dr. Ritsco may or may not encounter, and which are difficult or impossible to predict or quantify.