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    I visited a Dentist for implants over a year ago. His office sign
    indicated both his name and the name of a Periodontist. Because of the
    signage, I incorrectly assumed that the Periodontist and the Dentist
    were partners.

    The Dentist examined my teeth and referred me to the Periodontist.

    After a grueling procedure lasting many hours, I had 2 extractions and
    2 implants installed.

    Over the next 12 months, I had numerous infections and I was placed on
    antibiotics approximately 5 times. I sufffered bleeding, pain, and I
    made numerous 20 mile trips to the office.


    At about the one year point, the Periodintist informed me that the
    relationship with the Dentist was severed but I could continue
    treatment at a different office 40 miles away.

    On my first visit, I was informed that the Periodontist reluctantly
    used cheap implant materials supplied by the dentist that were
    substandard. That these implants typically failed about 1 in 4 and
    that had it been in the Periodontist office another brand (shown then
    to me) would have been used. Also, that the dentist lacked the proper
    equipment and that the Dentist was preoccupied with other things in
    life besides dentistry.

    To my great surprise and misfortune, the Periodontist removed my one
    year old implants and I am starting afresh. I was told that had the
    implants been left in, they would probably last only 2 years. As I
    write this, I am still in pain 9 days after the implant extraction and
    stitches.

    The Dentist has supplied the 'proper' costlier implants to the
    Periodontist after numerous complaints. They are sitting on a shelf.


    My problem is that except for using the original implants, the
    Periodontist has been skilled, caring, and eager to do the right thing.

    At this point, my teeth sockets have been grafted and in about 5 months
    when they are healed, we can start all over again with the implant
    procedure.


    I prepaid for all procedures and because of my age and of my pain and
    suffering I am now considering dentures.

    Very discouraged.

    BoyntonStu


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    Dental Malpractice?

    Stu

    You went to see a dentist. He referred you to a periodontist. The
    periodontist and the dentist may have had some sort of business arrangement.
    The periodontist did work that he has since admitted involved sub-standard
    materials. You also experienced numerous infections with much pain and
    suffering. All of this work must now be repeated because of the sub-standard
    materials. You ask for advice.
    The periodontist is clearly at fault here and you should discuss your
    case with a malpractice attorney if the periodontist has not offered to
    complete the work and give you a cash settlement for your trouble. Look in
    your local phonebook and interview several malpractice attorneys. Oddly,
    despite knowingly using bad materials and not being able to manage your
    care, you seem to want to continue with this periodontist; this may not be
    wise.

    Good luck,
    Dave M.

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    • #3
      Dental Malpractice?

      On Mon, 16 May 2005 08:56:37 -0400, [email protected] wrote:

      [long discussion of possible dental malpractice snipped]
      I prepaid for all procedures and because of my age and of my pain andsuffering I am now considering dentures.Very discouraged.
      Like any type of professional negligence case, any lawsuit you might
      file must be supported by expert testimony that the treatment you
      received fell below the applicable standard of care. Malpractice
      claims usually have shorter statute of limitations, so I would consult
      a local attorney ASA{ if you are serious about pursuing a case.

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      • #4
        see www.damiongilday.com

        Originally posted by Stu View Post
        I visited a Dentist for implants over a year ago. His office sign
        indicated both his name and the name of a Periodontist. Because of the
        signage, I incorrectly assumed that the Periodontist and the Dentist
        were partners.

        The Dentist examined my teeth and referred me to the Periodontist.

        After a grueling procedure lasting many hours, I had 2 extractions and
        2 implants installed.

        Over the next 12 months, I had numerous infections and I was placed on
        antibiotics approximately 5 times. I sufffered bleeding, pain, and I
        made numerous 20 mile trips to the office.


        At about the one year point, the Periodintist informed me that the
        relationship with the Dentist was severed but I could continue
        treatment at a different office 40 miles away.

        On my first visit, I was informed that the Periodontist reluctantly
        used cheap implant materials supplied by the dentist that were
        substandard. That these implants typically failed about 1 in 4 and
        that had it been in the Periodontist office another brand (shown then
        to me) would have been used. Also, that the dentist lacked the proper
        equipment and that the Dentist was preoccupied with other things in
        life besides dentistry.

        To my great surprise and misfortune, the Periodontist removed my one
        year old implants and I am starting afresh. I was told that had the
        implants been left in, they would probably last only 2 years. As I
        write this, I am still in pain 9 days after the implant extraction and
        stitches.

        The Dentist has supplied the 'proper' costlier implants to the
        Periodontist after numerous complaints. They are sitting on a shelf.


        My problem is that except for using the original implants, the
        Periodontist has been skilled, caring, and eager to do the right thing.

        At this point, my teeth sockets have been grafted and in about 5 months
        when they are healed, we can start all over again with the implant
        procedure.


        I prepaid for all procedures and because of my age and of my pain and
        suffering I am now considering dentures.

        Very discouraged.

        BoyntonStu
        or www.suegilday.com

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