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Table 3 incidence of each type of post-operative complication in relation to seniority of the surgeon undertaking the procedure.

From: Experience versus complication rate in third molar surgery

Complication Surgeon OR (95% CI) P-value
  Resident n (%) Specialist n (%) complication in patient treated by Resident  
Trismus 74 (14.3) 49 (8.6) 1.77 (1.21, 2.59) 0.003
Swelling 62 (12.0) 63 (11.1) 1.09 (0.75, 1.59) 0.643
Bleeding 15 (2.9) 33 (5.8) 0.48 (0.26, 0.90) 0.020
Sore throat 9 (1.7) 4 (0.7) 2.50 (0.76, 8.16) 0.117
Dry socket 99 (19.1) 39 (6.9) 3.21 (2.17, 4.75) <0.001
Delayed healing 14 (2.7) 8 (1.4) 1.95 (0.81, 4.68) 0.129
Abscess 7 (1.4) 7 (1.2) 1.10 (0.38, 3.16) 0.860
Infection 54 (10.4) 25 (4.4) 2.53 (1.55, 4.13) <0.001
Lip numbness at 2 weeks 15 (2.9) 4 (0.7) 4.21 (1.39, 12.77) 0.012
Tongue numbness at 2 weeks 24 (4.6) 6 (1.1) 4.56 (1.85, 11.24) <0.001
Lip numbness at 2 years 7 (1.4) 1 (0.2) 7.78 (0.95, 63.46) 0.056
Tongue numbness at 2 years 9 (1.7) 2 (0.4) 5.01 (1.08, 23.31) 0.048
Any complication 330 (63.7) 223 (39.2) 2.72 (2.13, 3.48) <0.001