Botched veneers and dental bridge require root canal...

by Dee
(Wilmington, DE)

A dentist, who I had been seeing for over 25 years, botched 6 veneers he placed in on my 6 front teeth - they were way to long and skinny. I told him how unhappy I was and he said the only remedy was to file the veneers off and put a pontic bridge in their place.

In doing so, he filed my real teeth down and put in a dental bridge (that his daughter designed - she is the lab tech in his office). The bridge was not correctly sized, too brightly colored, and so bulky that I appeared to have buck teeth. Part of my root/gum line was also exposed.

I found another dentist and ultimately had to have a root canal on my front tooth because I was having increasing pain after the original bridge was put on. I ended up having 2 implants where 2 teeth should have been originally removed before the bridge was put on.

I reviewed records and saw that my previous dentist had filed a claim for 6 crowns, not for a bridge. Does this qualify as dental malpractice? Is there anything I can do? Thank you for any information you can give.

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ANSWER for "Botched veneers and dental bridge require root canal...":

Dee (Wilmington DE):

Your statement, "I reviewed records and saw that my previous dentist had filed a claim for 6 crowns, not for a bridge." implies your dental work was accomplished through your insurance.

If so, and you are convinced the dentist improperly billed the insurance company for work he did not do, you can certainly contact the insurance company and make clear your dental work doesn't seem to reflect the dentist’s billing. At that point, it will be up to the insurance company to decide what to do with the dentist.

If he did falsify the information submitted to the insurance company, doing so in and of itself does not constitute dental malpractice.

However, from the facts you present, you may still have a claim for dental malpractice. For legal purposes, dental malpractice is defined as professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient.

If the root canal you had to suffer through was required only because of the initial dentist’s errors, those errors may be the basis of a dental malpractice claim. The same is true for the two implants.

Moreover, if the dentist’s daughter was not properly trained or certified to construct the bridge, that may be an additional basis of dental malpractice.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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