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Medical malpractice: A tale of dentistry gone wrong

The vast majority of medical professionals are responsible and skilled individuals whose primary concern is the well-being of patients. But there other kinds of medical professionals, too, the ones whose practice resembles that of a mad scientist rather than a caring doctor. Bozeman-area residents with medical malpractice concerns may be interested in the story of a dentist whose patients have experienced some less-than-satisfactory dental work.

The dentist is based in Virginia, and questions about his medical professionalism go back about 14 years. But only recently did a Virginia news station reveal that the dentist is facing millions of dollars in medical malpractice claims. He was also fined $20,000 by the state's board of dentistry, and his license was suspended up until this past August.

So what has this dentist done that is so wrong? Well, one patient claims she was permanently injured and disfigured because of dental implants the dentist installed. Another patient even said the dentist "left a drill inside a tooth while performing a root canal."

Other reports indicate that the dentist "drilled too deep into a tooth" and that he performed "incomplete extractions of teeth." The dentist was also accused of billing an insurance company for services never rendered.

Right now the state dentistry board is still allowing the dentist to practice, but the medical malpractice claims will go to court after the New Year.

One thing is certain: patients are the ones who suffer when medical professionals are negligent. Montanans who have been injured because of such negligence need to be aware of every option for receiving compensation.

Source: MyFOX8.com, "Virginia dentist faces millions in medical malpractice lawsuits," Ali Scotti, Nov. 14, 2012

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