Periodontal Disease and Diagnosis

I’m back! Been a while due to time constraints but back in the saddle now. Over the course of the past few years I have done a number of locum tenens assignment (fill in for a doctor who is out on vacation or sick or other reasons). As well over these past year or so […]

Unacceptable outcome and standard of care

Over the past few months I have reviewed a couple of cases of dissatisfied patients whom were unhappy with the outcome of their treatment. These cases were pursuing dental malpractice. Does this mean there is negligence and the patient can recover damages or monies from the dentist? Not always. In fact, the last two cases […]

Root Canals and Malpractice

Endodontic therapy–or root canal therapy–is a common dental treatment for a number of reasons. These include caries (decay) or fractures of a tooth. Root canals are necessary to save the tooth. In most cases, the options are either root canal therapy or extraction. Loss of teeth is detrimental to the long term oral health (and overall health) […]

What is dental malpractice?

Dental malpractice, by its definition, is the failure of the dental practitioner to meet the standard of care. Let’s give some examples: 1. Failure to diagnose periodontal disease. Periodontal probing or pocket measurements should be taken every hygiene visit. Gum disease doesn’t appear overnight! 2. Failure to diagnose caries. Large carious lesions (decayed areas) don’t […]

Radiographs (X-rays). Are they necessary?

You bet. There are two broad types of films. One–general survey film, such as a panorex. The purpose of the panorex is is a broad overview of the jaw, and to some degree the TMJ. It enables the dentist to see the apex of all the teeth for possible infection. Also, other cystic and pathology […]

Periodontal Malpractice and the Standard of Care

As previously discussed, evaluation of a patient’s periodontal (gum) health is one of the primary cornerstones of a comprehensive dental exam. The exam should include measuring and recording of the periodontal heath. How is this done? One major aspect of a periodontal exam includes measuring and recording of all the “pocket depths” in a patient […]

Initial Exam: Meeting the Standard of Care

So you have selected your provider and it’s time for the initial exam. Prior to your visit, you should have your previous records (last five years) forwarded the new dentist. This provides some background for the new dentist who can do a comparative analysis with the findings of the new exam. Let’s review the definition of standard […]

Tips for Selecting a Dental Provider

A critical component in avoiding dental malpractice is the right selection of a dentist for you and/or your family.  The criteria use by patients looking for a dentist is sometimes not the best. Amazing how many patients select their health care professionals based on their insurance and its coverage. Don’t get me wrong…..fees are important, but […]

Dental Malpractice Blog….”Let’s get started!”

While you have probably viewed my website, let me take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Eugene Young, DDS. I grew up in a small town in western North Carolina as one of seven children. Went to public schools, to University of North Carolina for college, and continued onto UNC School of Dentistry which was ranked #1 in […]