Dentist failed to diagnose periodontal disease, put in temp filling w/o letting me know it was a temp. Needed tooth extracted. I told him I had big holes and he told me it was nothing. New dentist said they are huge cavities that were there for many years. I told him I had a tender spot showing where tooth and gum meet, he said it was nothing; it was beginning stage of periodontal disease. He failed to tell me about and treat many issues. He altered medical records by adding info from 2012 in on 11/5/2014. Was not treated with the Standard of Care. New dentist found all issues that were ignored. No x-rays in file; was told they lost them in system crash March 2014. Due to severe anxiety I did not keep regular visits. However, had I known my condition, I would have, as I am doing now.
If you have a dentist willing to testify under oath that the prior dentist screwed up, you can sue and/or file a complaint with the board at the RI Department of Health that regulates dentists. I do not know if the board can award you money but it will not cost you anything to complain. But talk to a lawyer first.
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Your facts are not clear. In order to find out if you have a viable claim, you really need to consult with a local experienced dental malpractice attorney who can gather all of the relevant documents and facts. You should do so as soon as possible since the statute of limitations to at least some of your potential claims may be expiring.
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Only a tiny handful of lawyers handle these claims as typically there is next to no money in them, so Google dental malpractice lawyer.
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