A Louisiana man has filed a dental malpractice lawsuit against his former dentist and the dentist’s employer, alleging dental negligence by the dentist who performed an unnecessary dental procedure using an improper technique, failing to obtain the patient’s informed consent, and failing to refer the patient to an oral surgeon.
The dental malpractice lawsuit further alleges that the dentist’s employer negligently employed the dentist and that it failed to properly supervise the dentist.
The Alleged Underlying Facts
The dental malpractice plaintiff alleges that he went to the defendant dentist in November 2012 because he had a painful tooth. After several visits to the dentist, he was allegedly told that he probably had a cavity in a tooth that had a crown which required that the crown be removed, the cavity filled, and the crown replaced.
The plaintiff alleges that his tooth was cracked during the procedure. The dentist allegedly told the plaintiff that his tooth was already cracked and that it required extraction. The dentist then pulled the tooth.
The plaintiff alleges that he felt pain around the area of the extraction and also along his jaw. He was seen by another dentist at the same dental practice who allegedly told him that the tooth fracture most likely occurred during the earlier dental procedure.
The plaintiff subsequently sought treatment at the LSU Oral Surgery Clinic in April 2013. He was diagnosed with a shredded meniscus (which the plaintiff alleges was due to trauma during the original tooth extraction procedure by the defendant dentist) that will need to be repaired by either a complete temporomandibular joint replacement or using a skin graft to create a new meniscus. The plaintiff was also told that part of the extracted tooth remained in his mouth after the original dental procedure and had moved into a sinus cavity, which will require surgical removal.
The plaintiff’s dental malpractice lawsuit is seeking compensation for his dental and medical expenses, his pain and suffering, mental anguish, pain, lost wages, and physical impairment. The dental malpractice defendants have responded to the dental malpractice lawsuit by denying that the tooth was cracked during the dental procedure performed by the defendant dentist and further alleging that the defendant dentist had used his best judgment and skill in treating the plaintiff.
The temporomandibular joint (“TMJ”) is the joint in front of the ear where the lower jaw fits into the base of the skull. The top part of the jaw is called the condyle and the base of the skull is the fossa. Between the condyle and fossa is the meniscus. The TMJ allows the mouth to open and close.
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