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Unprofessional conduct whether incompetence or negligence can badly ruin a dentist’s career and may put their dental license at risk. This is why every dentist from a small act of negligence to the worst one should consider the fact that a dental attorney can be your solution to your problem.

A dentist in Bryan, Texas was involved in unprofessional conduct. It was on about April 2019, when a patient contacted a Company to straighten her teeth. The patient also had issues with “random uncomfortable biting,” “lower arch teeth rubbing against the back of upper arch teeth,” and one tooth digging into another.

On or about April 27, 2019, the patient visited one of the Company’s affiliated offices. A technician took photographs and created 3D scanned images of the patient’s dentition to obtain an orthodontic diagnosis and a treatment plan. The dentist’s treatment records for the patient do not identify the technician who performed these services.

On or about April 28, 2019, the dentist was assigned to the patient’s case. On or about April 29, 2019, the dentist reviewed and approved a 6-month treatment plan for the patient.

The dentist’s treatment records for the patient do not contain any entry indicating that the dentist is responsible for providing the patient orthodontic treatment through the Company, or any other dentist who evaluated or examined the patient prior to the approval of this treatment plan.

There are no notations in the patient’s file of any x-rays having been taken or evaluated, and there is no record of any periodontal evaluation or oral cancer screening having been performed.

The dentist’s treatment records for the patient do not contain an established orthodontic diagnosis or any treatment plan established to address the patient’s specific concerns. The dentist’s treatment records only include a simulated model.

The records do not show if the dentist developed and presented a treatment plan to the patient or if the dentist discussed the risks, benefits, or alternatives for treatment, including no treatment at all, with the patient.

On or about August 7, 2019, the Company asked the patient to complete a 90-day check-in as directed by the dentist. This assessment was supposed to allow the RN to review the patient’s progress. A copy of the patient’s responses and any information regarding the dentist’s review of the patient’s responses are not included in the records for the patient.

On or about October 29, 2019, near the end of the 6-month treatment period, the patient contacted the Company to let them know that she needed further adjustment. On or about October 31, 2019, a technician took photographs and created 3D scanned image of the patient’s dentition to obtain further orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. The dentist’s records do not identify where these services were performed, who performed these services, or why the services were performed. The records do not include any written notification.

The dentist has subjected his dental license to discipline by the Board because he engaged in unprofessional conduct by committing repeated acts of negligence and because he performed treatment on a patient when the patient was not his patient of record. The dentist provided orthodontic treatment to a patient without first conducting a full preliminary oral examination of them and without creating a comprehensive diagnosis or treatment plan for the patients.

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.