Dental Implant Nerve Injuries

More people are electing to have dental implant surgery than ever before. A clinical report titled: “ Dental implants: a different perspective Part one” shows that the number of dental implants in USA increased 10-fold between 1983 and 2002; with over 700,000 implants inserted annually with a sustained growth of 9.4% for the next several… read more

Brace yourself again!

Last August 22-year-old Devin Bost sued his Eugene orthodontist for $185,100, about $35k of that for dental bills and $150k of that for pain and suffering. He claimed that the orthodontist, Brad Chvatal, had him wear braces for so long that his teeth rotted. Bost wore braces from age 7 to 18. Most people wear… read more

Jawing on

Most people don’t appreciate what facial pain is like. One person who can is Priscilla Schmidt. She has filed a $3.7 million medical malpractice lawsuit against Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and three oral surgeons who worked on her and permanently damaged her mental nerve, which affects the chin and jaw area. In early… read more

Dental nightmare

A lot of people have anxiety about going to the dentist. Well, a couple hundred dental patients in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have a very valid reason for now being scared to go to the dentist. Oral surgeon W. Scott Harrington of Tulsa has been charged by the Tulsa Health Department with unsanitary practices to the point… read more

Is there wisdom in removing wisdom teeth?

I remember getting my wisdom teeth extracted eons ago. It was the first time I had ever been under general anesthesia. I wasn’t having any problems with my wisdom teeth, but getting them extracted was just what everyone did. Well, even today it is the norm to pull asymptomatic wisdom teeth (impacted or partially grown… read more

Bracing for braces

Can you imagine having to wear braces for nearly a dozen years? Well, that is what happened to Devin Bost, formerly of Eugene, who first got braces at the tender age of seven. He was forced to wear braces until he was eighteen. He now claims that having to wear braces for so many years… read more

Dental distress

I have never been afraid of going to the dentist, but I know this is a fear many people have. A Kentucky woman says her dentist dropped a small instrument down her throat during a routine visit and that she later had to have it surgically removed. She has filed a lawsuit against the dentist…. read more

Zinc and dentures

GlaxoSmithKline, makers of Poligrip denture cream, among many, many other drugs and medicinal products, is reported to have paid some $120 million in the past 9 months to settle claims that some Poligrip products caused neurological problems in some users. Complainants purportedly received more than $1 million per person. Plaintiffs claimed the zinc used in… read more

Chew on This: Dangers of Denture Creams

It’s always discouraging to learn that an everyday product can be harmful to your health. A number of lawsuits now indicate that long-term use of denture creams can cause serious medical problems, including the buildup of zinc in one’s system and neurological issues. It took some time for doctors to recognize that neurological problems in… read more

Dentist Performs…Breast Surgery?

You can file this under, “Are you kidding me?” According to a story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer dated November 9, 2008, dentist and oral surgeon Thomas Laney has been sued for disfiguring a young woman during a breast reduction surgery that was performed in 2005. Laney has a questionable record as a dentist and oral… read more