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When you’re facing the loss of your dental license, securing the representation of an experienced dental attorney may be your first step to protect yourself from serious repercussions.

This is what a dentist in Austin should have done when faced with allegations regarding her dental practice.

During the time period from May 12, 2010, through May of 2013, the dentist fell below the minimum standard of care during the orthodontic treatment of the minor patient. Specifically, she failed to refer the patient for routine dental care in the presence of poor oral hygiene and continued active orthodontic treatment despite the presence of decay and gingivitis. Additionally, the initial set of archwires were not changed for approximately thirty-six months.

Subsequently, the dentist fell below the minimum standard of care by failing to make, maintain, and keep adequate records for the minor patient when the records did not include:

  1. a treatment plan, including recommendations and treatment options;
  2. findings and charting of clinical and radiographic oral examination;
  3. confirmable identification of provider dentist, and confirmable identification of the person making record entries if different ‘from provider dentist; or
  4. an explanation of why items a.- c. were not recorded.

In May of 2013, the dentist discontinued treating the minor patient. during the course of orthodontic treatment without providing adequate notice. Another orthodontist continued the minor patient’s treatment.

The dentist was given the chance to defend her case. She states that everything was just an accident and nobody wanted it to happen. She further states that she did everything she could to treat the patient with caution.

However, her lack of an experienced dental attorney to help her defend her case resulted in serious discipline and suspension from the Board. If you’re facing the same scenario as with the dentist, consulting with a dental attorney is your best chance of protection.

The assistance of a dental attorney could have helped the case become better for the dentist. So if you ever encounter such an issue, it’s best to contact Dental Attorney Yong J. An at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation.