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Every problem has its solution especially for a dentist who is facing difficulties because of accusation cases. A dentist’s solution to any case is hiring a dental attorney that is skillful enough to defend and prevent losing your dental license. But it doesn’t mean that having a dental attorney is the only reason to get rid of a case. A dentist on the other hand must do their responsibilities in ensuring and assuring that patients get the proper care they need, by doing so, there will be minimal to no complaints in the future.

A dentist in Arlington, Texas is one of the examples when an incident happened on or about June 16, 2016, a patient presented at the dentist’s dental office for treatment. The dentist inserted a Lower Fixed Partial Denture (FPD).

And on or about June 30, 2016, the patient again presented to the dentist’s dental office for treatment and was sedated. Per the dentist’s chart notes, bilateral sinus augmentations were completed. The dentist indicated that 2.5 ccs of bone was placed. The dentist did not document any further details of the surgery procedure.

On or about January 26, 2017, the patient was sedated and the dentist documented placement of 4 implants, in locations 3, 5, 12, and 14, Bio horizon implants 4.6x7mm were used in sites 3 and 12, and 4.6x5mm in sites 5 and 13.

On or about February 16, 2017, the patient’s lower PFM Bridge failed. The cantilever poetics fractured. And on or about May 10, 2017, the patient paid the dentist an additional $1,000 towards bone graft materials. On or about March 30, 2017, implant #5 failed. The implant came out and fell in the patient’s mouth.

On or about September 28, 2017, the dentist’s chart notes reflect that #4 implant was exposed. However, there is no record of a #4 implant. Over the next several months, the patient experienced chronic denture issues including pain, sores, and no retention or stability.

On or about April 17, 2018, implant #6 failed. The implant came out and fell in the patient’s mouth. However, there is no record of a #6 implant.

On or about May 24, 2018, an anterior block graft in sites 6, 7, 8, and 9-10 was completed. The patient reported bleeding from her nose.

On or about June 6, 2018, the dentist’s sutures failed to keep the wound closed. The area was re-sutured and the anterior flange of the denture was removed.

On or about June 12, 2018, the patient presented to the dentist for an emergency visit. The patient’s wound was open again with purulent discharge (infection). The dentist referred the patient to an oral surgeon but did not inform the patient of the infection.

On or about June 14, 2018, the patient saw the doctor who examined him. The patient was immediately referred to an oral surgeon. Intake CT scans were taken for the patient. The CT scan dated June 14, 2018, shows that a bilateral sinus graft was not completed on the patient prior to the placement of the implants. The oral surgeon removed the patient’s infection from the bone graft. The oral surgeon did additional bone grafts and removed and replaced two of the implant posts.

As of April 2019, the patient had additional appointments scheduled with the oral surgeon for the installation of screws and implants.

The Texas Board of Dental received a complaint from the patient and upon the Board’s investigation, all the evidence and information received by the Board were the basis of the dentist’s discipline. Facing such circumstances is never easy; you need a dental attorney to help you with your endeavors. Failure to have a dental attorney for defense will further face more consequences.

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.