Has anyone successfully gotten their money back form an incompetent dentist? My dentist has been filling my teeth with composite only to have them leak over and over. I also have a crown that is not placed correctly and has to be redone. (It is only four years old! ) I have opinions form 2 other dentists. Has anyone ever filed a complaint with their state's dental licensing board? Any info would be greatly appreciated!!!
filing a complaint is easy any one can do it then a bunch of paperwork will shuffle and they will review the dentist. to get your money back you will have to take the dentist to court. that means you will have to have the other dentists testify on your behalf. thats really difficult since most dont mind giving you the opinion your previous dentist was incompetent but to put it in a legal document for the world to see is a different story.
A claim just ended against a dentist for a 4 tooth bridge that had NO occulusion ..I went the route of the California Dental Board Peer Review ....a nightmare of the first order....Lesson #1; the dentist does NOT have to tell the truth...as in a court of law...Lesson #2; The Peer Review Board ONLY goes by the dentists records and his buddies examinations (from his local dental association)...and he can write anything in his records, tell the peer review dentists anything, and NEVER be questioned as to the truth of what he wrote or said........Lesson #3; I had 3 independent examinations; a) chairperson of a department of dentistry at a California School of Dentistry, b) a Certified Prosthedontist, c) a local general practice dentist.....all stating that the bridge was not acceptable..all exams were disregarded....Lesson #4; the Peer review process took so long that it EXCEEDED THE LEGAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS...so I cannot file anything against this dentist in a court of law in California....whether this was deliberate or not, I do not know....Lesson # 5; the dentist originally gave me his hand drawn sketch of the proposed bridge including the cost estimate on his stationary....that I submitted to the board for review but it was not considered because it was not in his notes......his notes said that I declined other work that would have corrected the occlusion problem....so it was my fault that the bridge did not work....which was not true at all, although I had documentation in his handwriting that proved that it was only this bridge that was agreed on, but it was NOT IN HIS RECORDS...even if it was, he could have deleted it.....Lesson #6; before you start any work, keep accurate logs of conversations and documents...get in writing the dentists proposal for the work to be done on his/her stationary....DO NOT ASSUME THE DENTIST WILL BE HONEST AND TRUTHFUL IF THERE IS A PROBLEM....HE/SHE IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO DO SO WHEN GOING THE PEER REVIEW COURSE....use the courts ...use the courts.......
I forgot to mention that I lost my claim and $6000......I first used my Visa to dispute the charge....they credited my $6000 back and then re-charged me for it when they declined my dispute.....so don't go that route...it just wastes precious time........another important point when going the Peer Review route (I just remembered); you cannot have any corrective work done that could affect the peer exam....in my case, I could not get another bridge made or have an opposing bridge made to close the gap...I beat my front teeth for over year because I could not correct the problem that this dentist gave me since I had to wait a nearly a YEAR to be seen by the peer review dentists.......................when going the legal route, first find out the statute of limitations in your state and go from there....this is California...I can't even imagine what it would be like with the Florida Peer Review system......
I am finding that writing these comments is cathartic and I hope, of value to those who are considering taking action against a dentist..........thinking about my whole episode with the Dental Peer Review Board, I did not use the word LIED....which is exactly what the dentist did....I tempered it with " not truthful" etc......
i too am going through peer review in new york state- it has been 10 months of the process out of a 30 month statute of limitations. i was actually granted an appeal, and am awaiting round 2 of peer review - i have 32k in botched work in mouth, want to have it redone at the dawson center in florida. if i were you, go to the office of professional disciple, have his licesc]nce sanctioned. they are all a huge bunch of liars- dentists can be total losers- i have seen at 6 that qualify!!! good luck
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