Having to face the consequences of your actions alone is never easy especially if you are not knowledgeable on how to deal with any complaints and accusation cases. On the matter of complaints and charges filed against you, always be prepared and be wise to have a dental attorney for the defense.
On or about July 18, 2014, the Dental Board received a consumer complaint via mail from a patient alleging that the dentist prescribed an extensive treatment plan for her that she did not need. In the written complaint patient stated that she presented for a dental consultation at the dentist’s dental office after reading his advertisement in a magazine. The advertisement offered $20 dollars off for each four-quadrant deep cleaning section.
On or about June 2, 2014, the patient presented to the dentist’s dental office in Conroe, Texas for a consultation. However, the dentist was out of the office. The office staff instructed the patient to fill out the patient healthcare questionnaire and the staff conducted a comprehensive examination and took a full set of x-rays. The patient was scheduled to return two days later to see the dentist for deep quadrant cleaning.
On or about June 4, 2014, the patient presented at the dentist’s dental office. The dentist performed four quadrants of scaling mid root planing (deep cleaning) during the examination appointment. The dentist informed the patient that he discovered numerous dental issues. He presented her with a treatment plan, dated June 4, 2014, which included the removal and replacement of composite fillings on teeth #3, 4, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, and 30, and a porcelain crown for tooth #30. The total cost for the treatment was $2,486. The patient paid the dentist $200 toward the cleaning and the extensive treatment plan. –
The patient decided to obtain a second opinion and consulted with the subsequent treating dentist. And performed a comprehensive examination of the patient and took a full set of x-rays. They found no supporting evidence for the dentist’s proposed treatment plan. The patient did not return to the dentist’s dental office for further treatment.
The radiographs taken at the dentist’s dental office and the radiographs taken at the dental office do not support the need to redo all the fillings on the eight teeth or the crown on tooth #30 as listed in the dentist’s treatment plan.
The dentist is subject to disciplinary action on the grounds of unprofessional conduct, in that the dentist prescribed a treatment plan of dental restorations for a patient that was clearly excessive, as determined by the standard of practice in the community.
The dentist had to face the consequence alone because he failed to hire a dental attorney for the case he is in.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case or accusations filed against you, you should hire a dental attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas dental attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated dental lawyers who helped various dentists in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.