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When it comes to cases and complaints regarding dental issues, a dental attorney is needed when attending hearings before the Board. The Board does not allow those who wish to exceed the scope of their practice as a dentist. A certain dentist in Austin could’ve done this but failed to hire a good dental attorney.

During the time period from April 9, 2014, through June 20, 2014, the dentist violated her duty of fair dealing and failed to meet the minimum standard of care during the dental treatment of a patient. Specifically, she performed root canal therapy on tooth number 30 without charting the diagnosis. She also performed root canal therapy on tooth number 30 without charting rubber dam usage, crown cementation, the material used to temporize the tooth, working length and number of canals, the type of sealer and irrigant used, and the build-up and desensitizer that the patient was charged for. The dentist also utilized incorrect CDT billing codes (e.g.. D2999 for Optional Treatment Fee; D9911 for Desensitizer; D2999 for Porcelain Butt Margin; and D2999 for Custom Temp Crown) for treatment provided on non-vital tooth number 30 on April 23, 2014.

The dentist also performed a composite restoration on tooth number 13 without adequate documentation of the etch used, the bonding agent used, and the desensitizer that the patient was charged for. In addition, she charged the patient for desensitizer for the composite restoration of tooth number 13, when desensitizer is already part of the composite restoration code she charged the patient for. Further, the use of desensitizer was unnecessary on tooth number 13 because it was a shallow preparation, as evidenced by the non-usage of anesthetic during preparation.

The Board took action to the case, summoning the dentist to defend against the accusation. Unfortunately, the dentist failed to hire a good dental attorney to help her defend her case.

As a result, the dentist was sentenced to disciplinary action to ensure that she will never commit such acts again.

Losing your license may greatly affect your future career, but only if you failed to hire a dental attorney for the case. There are some dentists who missed their chances to get their license saved from revocation just because they weren’t able to hire any dental attorney to defend them.

The case would have yielded a different result if the dentist was able to hire a dental attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Dental Attorney Yong J. An for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for a confidential consultation.