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Dealing with dental cases, a dental attorney is best at it. A skilled and experienced dental attorney has the right ability to help a dentist in trouble and is struggling to fight a negligence case.

On February 16, 2017, in New Braunfels, Texas, a patient came to the dentist’s office for examination and cleaning. During the visit, the dentist took full mouth radiographs, a panograph, and intraoral photographs. The dentist completed the examination and diagnosed the type II periodontal condition. The dentist found that tooth number 20 had a failing large restoration which needed to be replaced. The dentist also found recurrent decay on another tooth (tooth number 17). The dentist did not remove caries present on tooth number 17. Respondent documented in his treatment notes for that day that he completed build-ups for teeth number 17 and 20; however, he did not complete that treatment. The dentist charged the patient for the build-ups on teeth 17 and 20 that day even though he did not complete that treatment.

On February 20, 2017, the patient’s wife returned to the dentist’s office to discuss the treatment rendered to the patient on February 16, 2017. After that visit, the patient’s treatment plan was changed to porcelain fused to the metal bridge on teeth numbers 17-20, instead of porcelain fused to gold.

And on March 2, 2017, the patient returned to the dentist’s office. A final impression was taken of teeth numbers 17-20 and a temporary bridge was cemented. On March 23, 2017, a try-in of the bridge was completed. The patient canceled the next two appointments with the dentist and then sought a second opinion. The dentist refunded the patient the cost of the build-ups for teeth numbers 17 and 20.

In April 2017, the patient was seen by the other dentist, who noted that the patient’s tooth number 17 presented with normal periodontal ligament space and non-lingering sensitivity. The other dentist recommended individual crowns on teeth number 20 and 17 and placement of implants. The other dentist found caries on tooth number 17 upon removal of amalgam from the tooth.

The dentist made unprofessional conduct and was disciplined by the Board. Those unprofessional acts done by the dentist were; obtaining fees by misrepresentation like when he collected payment for the treatment that was not even completed and for acts of negligence. Such cases can’t be dealt with alone, you need a dental attorney to help you with the case.

If you are facing complaints, 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.