Post: Medical (dental) malpractice in resetting of broken teeth?
Posted by Ry Palmere on 9/14/14
I was injured in a fall on Sunday Sep 07, 2014 and taken to
LA County Hospital ER/ICU. My three front teeth (#s 6, 7, &
8) consisting of two front teeth and tooth to right of
front tooth were damaged. Front two (#6 &7) were knocked
back and up into the upper part of my mouth. The other (#8)
was only knocked back.
At first, the Oro-Maxio-Facial Intern (NOT doctor) assessed
that all three would have to be extracted. Before doing so,
he suggested he try to reset the teeth. He shot me up with
local Novocaine and did so, resulting in my left front
tooth (#7) protruding too far down from the gumline and too
far out, making it impossible for me to speak as i normally
Returning for a follow-up, the intern's supervisor stated
that the tooth which had been improperly reset would not be
able to be corrected. At best, should the tooth remain,
they would have to put a crown on it and shape it to
resemble the original shape and placement of the tooth
prior to being injured and reset.
My question is twofold: how can this tooth not be reset
(certainly a question for a dental surgeon), and if it
can't how is it not the fault of the intern who incorrectly
reset the tooth? Why should I have to pay for his
Thank you in advance for your advice. I greatly appreciate
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