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 […]