When you’re facing a case and there’s a chance of losing your dental license, securing the representation of an experienced dental attorney may be and should be your first step to protect yourself from serious and negative outcomes. This is what a dentist in Texarkana, Texas should have done when faced with allegations regarding his dental practice.
On or about January 6, 2012, a patient went to the dentist’s office for a comprehensive exam. Treatment continued in the office until approximately June 24, 2014. On or about August 14, 2012, the dentist recommended that the patient’s teeth #18 and #19 (lower molars) should be extracted for surgical removal of gangrenous tissue.
The dentist obtained minimal dental history before performing the extractions. The dentist did not obtain or document when previous endodontic treatments or crowns were performed on the patient. The dentist’s medical records, had no documentation of the history of pain, pain levels, cold tests, percussion, palpation, mobility, or electric pulp test to determine pre-treatment endodontic diagnosis. The dentist did not obtain radiographs to assess previous decay of the teeth.
On or about September 27, 2012, the two teeth were extracted. The dentist also performed cavitation of bone in the area of tooth number 17 (third molar) that had been previously removed at another dental office. Shortly after the procedure, the patient found that her lower left lip; chin, and the interior of her mouth on the lower left jaw were numb. The dentist indicated to Plaintiff that nothing was done to harm the nerve during the treatment of the teeth and to allow time for bone growth and sensation to return. The dentist did no further testing regarding the numbness and did not refer the patient to an oral surgeon. The dentist merely assured the patient normal sensation would return. The dentist provided no further treatment for the nerve damage other than “ozone therapy.”
On or about November 13, 2012, the patient continued to feel pain in her jaw and sought subsequent treatment from an oral surgeon. As a result of the extraction procedure by the dentist, the patient incurred damage in her inferior alveolar nerve (a nerve bundle reaching from -the jawline up through the side of the skull) that never recovered after the procedure. To date, the patient has limited or painful sensations in her lip, tongue, and jaw.
This became a problem and the dentist was accused of gross negligence, incompetence, and repeated acts of negligence wherein he is grossly negligent and incompetent in his care and treatment towards the patient. The dentist failed to develop and record a complete history, diagnosis, and treatment plan for the patient.
As a result, the Board subjected the dentist to disciplinary action and may put his dental license into suspension or revocation. He forgot to do the important thing before facing the Board or the court; it is to hire a reliable and skilled dental attorney for the case.
The case would have yielded a different result if the dentist was able to hire a dental attorney. So if you also have the same cases or concerns, it’s best to contact Dental Attorney Yong J. An for further details. You may contact him at (832) 428-5679 to get a schedule for a confidential consultation.