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Being a dentist, a lot of people are expecting you to do your job righteously and giving the proper care and treatment to patients without making a mistake. But in the case of a dentist in Pearland, Texas who did a mistake that puts him in a bad situation. The dentist was disciplined by the Board, in which he failed to hire a dental attorney.

On or about March 10, 2016, the dentist assumed the dental care of the patient following the retirement of the patient’s primary dentist. At that time, the dentist completed a Periodic Oral Exam on the patient.

On September 12, 2016, the dentist completed another Periodic Oral Exam on the patient as well as orthodontic treatment. But, the patient records include no dental charting, no notes of an oral cancer screening, no periodontal evaluation notes or charting, nor an orthodontic diagnosis or treatment plan. The dentist obtained study models of the patient’s teeth but only minimal x-rays that did not include the full mouth, panorex, or cephalometric films. The patient’s records also did not include any indication that the dentist obtained the patient’s informed consent relating to any proposed orthodontic procedures.

On August 1, 2019, the dentist charted that the patient had an ill-fitting lower partial denture and an anterior cross-bite with significant spacing and anterior flaring. To correct this, the dentist elected to perform orthodontic treatments on the patient himself, indicating the patient’s condition was “simple” and that treatment should take no longer than a year to close the spacing and produce a normal overlap. The dentist placed the patient in dental braces. Progress x-rays completed 13-months later showed an increase in spacing on the lower incisor that was 50% greater than the original gap.

The patient had approximately 32 months and over 75 appointments relating to her orthodontic and braces. This was approximately 12 months longer than was necessary to place the patient’s teeth in retention. The patient eventually sought the care of a new dentist. The new dentist immediately diagnosed the patient with a cyst adjacent to tooth #24, which was undiagnosed by the dentist. The new dentist referred the patient to an endodontist who provided a tentative diagnosis of a periodontal cyst.

During the course of the dentist’s dental/orthodontic treatment of the patient, he did not complete periodontal charting or periodontal notations on the patient. The dentist also failed to adequately monitor and address the patient’s recurrent tooth decay and periodontal health despite having her records of prior treatment, root canals, and recurrent decay. The dentist’s dental records kept on the patient inadequately document the patient’s orthodontic procedures, wires, elastics, and general progression as the dentist provided orthodontic and dental treatment to the patient for over two years. Nor did the dentist have records of any written treatment plans, pre-treatment referrals, or financial estimates discussed and/or provided to the patient.

Prior to leaving the dentist’s care, the dentist required the patient to sign a release. The release included inaccurate information relating to future dental care and or dental options available to the patient. At the time the patient executed the release, the dentist had no treatment plan, financial estimate, or clinical notes reflecting any conversations with VW, as referenced in the release.

During and/or after being under the care of the dentist, the patient requested a copy of her dental records from the dentist which the dentist refused and/or never provided to the patient.

As a result of the incidents above, the dentist is facing disciplinary action from the Board due to negligence and repeated acts of negligence. This had to happen as the dentist had failed to hire a dental attorney to help with the case.

You should hire a dental attorney immediately before it’s too late and doesn’t be like the dentist in the above-mentioned incident. Be sure to find a dental attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several cases to ensure the best assistance possible. 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.