A dentist is expected to give standard and genuine care to patients. If we say standard care, it means that proper procedures are carefully and correctly given to patients. Failure to give such standard care is referred to as negligence as it may cause a great risk of harm to the patient. If a dentist has ever done such negligence, he/she can or may be subjected to disciplinary action by the Dental Board. But prior to facing the Board, it is best to seek help from a dental attorney regarding such cases.
On or around June 30, 2016, a patient scheduled a same-day emergency appointment at the dentist’s dental office in Dallas, Texas due to pain in tooth 18. The dentist examined the patient and prepared a comprehensive treatment plan which included four quadrants of periodontal scaling and root planning, “other drugs by the report,” surgical extraction of teeth 4 and 18, bone graft at site of tooth 18, crown, build-ups, and rest seats for teeth 20, 29, and 31. And on or around September 23, 2016, an additional treatment plan for osseous surgery was prepared.
Notwithstanding the treatment plan, the dentist did not immediately address the patient’s chief complaint as tooth 18 was not extracted until July 5, 2016. Instead, on the day the patient presented with pain, the patient immediately underwent four quadrants of scaling and root planing despite the fact that there was no evidence to justify the need for the procedure in oral photographs, radiographs, or documented probing measurements.
The dentist’s treatment plan was also incorrect and/or insufficient as it misdiagnosed that tooth 30 was missing entirely when, in fact, there was a remaining root tip that had to be later extracted on or around August 18, 2016.
The dentist’s initial treatment plan was quoted to the patient at an estimated cost of $4,950.00. Because the patient was of limited means and could not afford the treatment plan, the patient applied for and received a Care Credit account in that amount, and the dentist was immediately paid on June 30, 2016, in full. However, the dentist did not fully inform the patient of lower-cost treatment alternatives or the risks of no treatment before the patient applied for the Care Credit account in the amount of $4,950.00. Moreover, when the patient ultimately refused further treatment on or around October 26, 2016, the dentist failed to immediately return the remaining unused credit, which was approximately $1,505.00, to the patient.
Because of the dentist’s conduct, she was put into disciplinary action on the grounds of negligence, repeated acts of negligence, and excessive treatment to the patient by ordering four quadrants of scaling and root planning when there was no evidence to justify the need in oral photographs, radiographs, or documented probing measurements.
Being put into disciplinary action by the Board is a result of the dentist’s unprofessional conduct. Every dentist, before facing the Board, will be given the right to defense by having a dental attorney represent you in court. Failure to do so can greatly affect your dental license.
If you wish to have a good line of defense, a dental attorney is an answer to your problem. You are a step ahead on your case if you have a dental attorney to help at times of difficulty. Texas Dental Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated dental attorneys 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.