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Dentist's error leaves boy needing prosthesis to conceal damage

People put an enormous amount of trust in their healthcare providers in Providence, and in most cases, that trust is repaid with excellent treatment. However, healthcare providers aren’t infallible. One may argue that they’re only human, and the standards which they are held to are too high. However, the type of specialty work that they do, and the potential impact for good or bad that it can have on the patients that they treat, requires an extremely high standard of care. If and when those standards aren’t met, the consequences can be devastating for the patient.

After facing such consequences following a botched dental procedure, an Oregon boy’s family is now suing the dentist who made the error. The boy, now 6, is faced with wearing a dental prosthesis until he is 18 to cover up the damage left behind in his mouth. While initially asked to remove only two of the boy’s supernumerary teeth, the dentist mistakenly removed two permanent teeth. To make matters worse, the boy developed a postoperative infection which killed the gum tissue in the area the teeth were pulled, requiring additional oral surgery to correct the problem. His surgical odyssey is still not over; he’s been told he’ll need further corrective surgery once he reaches adulthood.

There’s usually no such thing as a minor surgical mistake. Not only is one’s health and well-being affected by the provider’s error, but his or her overall trust in health care professionals is damaged. Anyone suffering from a surgical error may be entitled to compensation for what they’re forced to endure. A personal injury lawyer with experience in arguing medical malpractice cases may be helpful in securing that compensation. 

Source: The Register-Guard “Lawsuit accuses dentist of pulling wrong teeth” Greg Bolt, Sep. 03, 2013

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