There are mistakes that dentist makes that can’t be undone just by simply saying sorry. Once dentists bring harm to their patient that can cause the patient’s life there surely be consequences. For accusations, complaints, or any allegation against a dentist, a dental attorney is the one you can depend on in dealing with any dental cases.
It was on September 30, 2013, the Board received a consumer complaint from a patient. In the written complaint patient states that the dentist presented her with an unnecessary treatment plan, rendered substandard dental treatment, and caused unnecessary pain and suffering.
She stated that the damage that the dentist inflicted on her was costly to repair. The dentist’s treatment plan involved the extraction of tooth #1 8, a 4-unit bridge from teeth #17-20 (tooth #19 was already missing), and crowns on teeth #5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13. The patient stated further that the 4-unit bridge delivered by the dentist shifted her bite. The patient consulted with several subsequent treating dentists for retreatment.
On or about February 3, 2011, the patient presented herself to the dentist’s dental office in Dallas, Texas. The patient had her teeth cleaned and a full mouth set of radiographs was taken. The dentist’s progress notes dated February 3, 2011, indicate that teeth #17 and #18 have an apical abscess. He indicates that both teeth need extraction.
On or about August 25, 2011, the hygienist notes light calculus and plaque. She also notes that the periodontal tissue is stable. There is no mention about the previously noted abscess, as to whether it has improved or is re-appearing.
On or about February 23, 2012, the patient was seen again by the dentist. The dentist’s notes indicate that he told the patient about hygiene problems on tooth #18. He also noted that he advised the patient that the mesial tilt on #18 is making the tooth hard to keep clean and recommends extraction for tooth #18. The periodontal chart indicates that the periodontal gum readings from February 23, 2012, were 4mm, which is acceptable. The dentist also showed the patient her smile line for a cosmetic crown case.
On or about May 16, 2013, the dentist notes that the periodontal gum is not stable. This statement is made without having full mouth probing readings for this patient. Each tooth should be probed and recorded in 6 spots, which they were not. The periodontal chart indicates that the periodontal gum readings from May 16, 2013, were 4mm’s. The dentist wrote in the progress notes that due to the missing tooth on #19 and the mesial tilt of tooth #18, there is a hygiene problem on the mesial pocket of tooth #18 of more than 6mm pocket depth. However, a probing reading of 6mm or more is not documented anywhere in the patient’s records. The dentist hygienist notes that there is no 2mm change in the probing.
The Dentist is subject to disciplinary action by the Dental Board in that the dentist committed gross negligence, repeated acts of negligence, and/or incompetence in his care and treatment of the patient. Further punishment could lead to dental license revocation. This is why a dentist should consider hiring a dental attorney before it is too late.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case or complaint filed on 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.