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BOTCHED ROOT CANAL
Root Canal that led to a Nerve Injury
NEGLIGENCE / FAILURE TO TREAT
Bisphosphinate induced necrosis of the jaw. The patient, a cancer survivor taking Zometa had a toothache. Before a root amputation procedure, the dentist should have consulted the patient’s oncologist and suggested a drug holiday. But the dentist went ahead with the surgery, which did not heal. As the infection grew it took months before the dentist referred the patient to an oral surgeon. Eventually, the patient had to undergo a jaw resection and lost a large section of his jaw bone.
Patient went to an oral surgeon for the extraction of her wisdom teeth. The dentist did not obtain proper informed consent and traumatized the patient’s lingual nerve on both sides, leaving the patient with a greatly reduced sense of taste and 24/7 numbness and tingling.
OVER-PREPARATION OF CROWNS
The patient went to her general dentist to have two teeth straightened. It should have been done by Invisalign or some other tray-based orthodontics. Instead, the dentist placed 8 crowns on the patient’s upper teeth. When the shade and size did not match the lowers, the dentist talked the patient into placing crowns on 8 of her lower teeth. In a short time, several of the teeth needed root canals due to over-preparation of the crowns.
IMPROPER ORTHODONTIC THERAPY (BRACES)
The patient, a 65-year old woman wanted to relive teeth crowding in her lower arch. She had braces placed by her general dentist. The general dentist was not aware that patients with immune-deficiency are prone to having their teeth roots resorb (disintegrate) when they are moved by force. All the teeth subject to the orthodontic treatment became loose.
FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE INFECTION
A patient had implants placed. Which became infected. Despite numerous complaints of pain, the dentist failed to fully investigate whether the area had become infected. By the time the patient had presented for a second opinion, the patient had developed osteomyelitis requiring jaw resection surgery.
IMPLANT CAUSES NERVE DAMAGE
The patient had an implant placed in her lower jaw. The implant was placed too deeply and it traumatized her inferior alveolar nerve, leaving the patient with permanent numbness tingling and pain in the chin and lower lip .
FAILURE TO TREAT PERIODONTAL DISEASE
The patient saw the same dentist for 15 years. When his dentist retired, the patient learned that he had moderate to severe generalized periodontal disease that he likely would not have if the dentist had either treated it or referred the patient to a periodontist. He is in danger of losing several teeth.
IMPROPER VENEER INSTALLATION
The patient had 6 veneers placed over her existing upper front teeth. Over time, the treated teeth started to hurt and give off a bad odor. It turned out that the dentist had placed veneers over existing decay without properly cleaning the teeth. The patient had to have the veneers removed and the decay treated before new veneers could be placed.
Fractured jaw, general dentist extracts molars and wisdom teeth and fractures jaw
IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED BRACES
Braces adjusted too tightly.
SALIVARY GLAND INJURY
Wound to salivary gland.
WRONG TOOTH EXTRACTED
Wrong tooth extracted.