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When a dentist neglects the care and treatment of a patient, a great consequence follows. Any form of negligence could bring harm and could injure a patient while in the process of treatment. The dentist will be facing charges or ended being sued by the patient. You need a dental attorney when that happens. Requiring having a dental attorney as your legal representative in court will surely help you against the case filed on you.

There’s a dentist in Brownsville, Texas who was being disciplined by the Dental Board due to repeated acts of negligence done to a patient. It was around December 2009 when a patient received implants performed by the dentist. But the implants done by the dentist failed. Many times, the patient had to undergo multiple replacements of implants.

But on or about November 3, 2014, the patient informed the dentist that her face was still swollen and the antibiotics were irritating her stomach. The dentist told the patient to go to the Emergency Room (ER). Then on November 4, 2014, ER staff notified the dentist that the patient was admitted for infection.

On or about October 1, 2014, the patient consulted with an oral surgeon, who noted that the patient had developed osteomyelitis in her mandible, caused by the repeated surgical insults into the xbone that was already inflamed by the failing implants. The area of osteomyelitis progressed and spread within the patient’s jaw and adversely affected the nerve, resulting in loss of normal sensation and development of a neuroma in the patient’s jaw and face.

Following the incident, on or about January 24, 2015, the oral surgeon performed surgery on the patient, removing her lower left implants, partial left mandibular resection, neurorrhaphy and decompression of the left inferior alveolar nerve, bone grafting, and fixation to prevent a pathological fracture of the left jaw bone. During surgery, the surgeon noted that the implants impinged on the nerves and caused damage. The patient had developed osteomyelitis in her jaw and peripheral neuropathy from the repeated surgical operation into inflamed bone.

On August 17, 2015, the patient sued the dentist for medical malpractice and on April 19, 2019, when interviewed by Board representatives, the dentist claimed there was no drilling or a surgical stent because the osteotomy sites were open. The dentist stated he could see the mandible because he laid the flap, the bone was exposed, and the previous holes were apparent. He also stated that he took x-rays and the implants looked okay.

While on May 6, 2019, the dentist provided the relevant medical records to the Board for review. The chart records did not include patient complaints or symptoms, objective findings upon examination, assessment of her reported condition, or outline a plan for treatment.

The above-mentioned incident and the dentist’s unprofessional conduct resulted in his unfortunate situation. The dentist will be facing disciplinary action for the reasons of Gross Negligence and repeated acts of negligence. The dentist before facing the Texas Board of Dental has the right to legal counsel. The dentist could have received a positive outcome or a light punishment without risking his license if he just hired a dental attorney for defense against the case.

Hiring the right dental attorney could have saved him from the worst punishment there is for a dentist who committed violations. If you have questions about the disciplinary process, you can contact The Law Office of Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for attorney Yong.