Having a strong dedication to your job as a dentist is a good trait to have. By having such a trait, patients will feel safe about their oral health as this will imply that a dedicated dentist will surely offer a good dental service and the best care possible. But if a dentist neglects to give proper care in any way, that dentist is being incompetent. Negligence along with incompetence could put your license and your reputation as a dentist into a difficult and troublesome situation. But if you are facing such accusations or complaints, you can contact a dental attorney for help.
On June 16, 2006, a patient who is a 32-year-old adult female had an initial exam and consultation for orthodontic treatment with the dentist in Frisco, Texas. The patient was interested in the system that the dentist advertised that utilized a mini-implant screw. The dentist represented that the mini-implant screw would minimize the treatment period. The dentist advised the patient that the treatment could be completed in 1.5-2 years and would cost between $3,000 to $4,000.
Prior to undergoing orthodontic treatment, the dentist requested that the patient goes to Imaging Center for pre-treatment radiographs, sketches, and photos, which she did on June 21, 2006. Thereafter, study models were made and separators were placed on the patient on June 24, 2006.
On July 8, 2006, the patient began orthodontic treatment with the dentist in his office. At this time, her lower front teeth from canine to canine were bonded and a .016 stainless steel wire was placed as initial wire. And on July 8, 2006, to September 25, 2006, the patient returned to the dentist’s office five (5) times for bond failure of brackets. But the patient was referred to another dentist for the extraction of four (4) first bicuspids. The extractions were completed on October 28, 2006.
And on November 6, 2006, the patient’s medical records indicate that there was a stripping of her lower arch, but there were no details noted in the records that described where the stripping took place, how much, or why it was needed.
On November 15, 2006, mini-implant screws were placed on the patient’s upper teeth, and on October 6, 2006, there were placed on the lower teeth. The patient described the insertion of the screws as extremely painful and that it took approximately four (4) weeks for the pain to subside.
During the initial seventeen (17) months of treatment, continuing until November 2007, the patient was seen at the dentist’s office approximately once a month. During this time there were no notations made in the patient’s patient records as to the wire sizes used. Instead, there was partial information included in the patient records as to rebinds, power changes, and reties.
On September 26, 2007, brackets were placed on the patient’s upper front teeth. Between November 5, 2007, and April 26, 2010, the patient was seen for what was reported as wire adjustment and reties. There are no further records until a notation of a “consultation” on April 26, 2010.
The records of the second dentist showed that on February 15, 2008, October 13, 2008, and February 6, 2010, the patient was seen for an “exam, scaling, polishing.” There were no records showing that this information was provided to the dentist.
On August 2, 2010, the patient has requested a copy of her chart from the dentist’s office and was initially denied. She was given a copy of her chart on August 23, 2010.
In August 2010 and September 2010, the patient was seen by another dental professional(s) for evaluations and additional opinions.
And on October 25, 2010, the patient was debonded by the dentist. The patient was requested to sign a release of liability form, which she refused. The patient began seeing other professionals at which time she was told that she had root absorption and other dental health problems.
Those above-mentioned incidents where the patients had numerous visits and had failure treatments were grounds for gross negligence, repeated acts of negligence, and incompetence. Due to the information received by the Board of Dental which serves as the evidence. The dentist was subjected to disciplinary action. The dentist was given the chance to have legal counsel but failed to hire a dental attorney for the case.
In facing any kind of cases whether it is a civil, or criminal, it is best to hire or consult a dental attorney. Having a reliable dental attorney around during a difficult time is such a great help and will be less trouble for you.
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