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Any form of negligence could lead to harm to a patient. Dentists are responsible for the well-being of their patients. Being negligent in your duties and responsibilities could put you in trouble. Every mistake has its consequence, for a dentist, it is the consequence of being disciplined by the Board. If this happens, always remember that a dental attorney can help.

On June 16, 2014, a 3-year-old minor patient, presented to the dentist’s dental office in, McAllen, Texas, as a new patient. The dentist performed a visual examination and took photographs with an intraoral camera. The dentist did not take any x-rays. The dentist did not create a treatment plan for or perform, a cleaning or fluoride care. The dentist did not conduct a cancer tissue examination or jaw classification. A follow-up appointment was scheduled for the patient on June 17, 2014, for filling(s).

On June 17, 2014, the patient returned to the dentist’s dental office. The patient’s mother did not sign a written treatment plan.

During this June 17, 2014 visit, the dentist took six x-rays and five photographs. The dentist then restrained the patient with a papoose board and performed one filling on tooth A and five stainless steel crowns on the tooth I (the upper left first deciduous molar), tooth K (the lower-left second deciduous molar), tooth L (the lower-left first deciduous molar), tooth S (the lower right first deciduous molar), and tooth T (the lower right second deciduous molar).

The patient’s mother did not consent to five stainless steel crowns and did not sign a written formal consent for the use of a papoose board on the patient.

The dentist prescribed 125 mg of Amoxicillin and 4 oz. Tylenol to the patient. The dentist is subject to disciplinary action under that Respondent engaged in unprofessional conduct by committing acts of gross negligence during her care and treatment of the patient.

The above incident put the dentist in a big trouble. She will be disciplined by the Board as well as her dental license. The case could have leaded a favorable result for the dentist if only she did not fail to hire a dental attorney for the case.

Any dentist should remember to be prepared in case if there are filed complaints regarding issues of negligence. Having a dental attorney will be a game-changer. So if you want help, ask Texas Dental Attorney Yong J. An who has years of experience in handling dental cases. For further details and to schedule a consultation, you may contact him at (832) 428-5679.