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Question DetailsAsked on 4/8/2016

who to contact when a dentist drills unnecessary holes in teeth.

Six years ago at a dental visit I had a bridge placed on my lower left right molars. After this was completed another dentist came in, picked up his grinding tool and ground holes between two of my upper molars on the left and right sides of my jaw. Two years ago I noticed the deterioration of those same teeth (in the same location of the grinding) and remember the holes growned/drilled in them by that dentist. Is there anything I can do about this?

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Your first step would probably be getting a second opinion from a specialist in that sort of work as to whether the holes caused the problem. I suspect you are talking anchor holes for pins that hold the bridge in - a necessary part of the installation, though such penetration of the enamel does provide a spot for future secay - just like cavities commonly go out by formation of a new cavity right at the edge of the filling.

If you got an opinion that it was incompetent or unnecessary drilling, then you would have to get an attorney specfializing in laibility claims of this type to either try to get the first dentist's Errors and Omission insurance to pay, or to sue. Certainly, since it occurred 4 years after the dentures and two years ago, your claim is weakened by passage of time over what it would have been if cavities showed up very soom after the initial work.

Personally, I would start by asking your regular dentist (if not the one who did the bridge) about the holes and waht they were for and if they may have contributed to the damage to those two teeth. I suspect he will say that was a normal part of the work - because I can't imagine a dentist drilling more holes than needed. The other possibility is they were not holes, but rather work shaping the teeth for the dentures - a normal part of the fitting and installation.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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