Dentist Removes Adult Tooth by Mistake? (photo)

When i was 12, my dentist removed the wrong tooth. I believe the Xray was flipped. When he went to drill it out thinking it was the baby tooth, i told him he has the wrong tooth but told me "No the xray says its the right tooth". 8 years later i want to take action against him because my parents at the time wouldn't let me. Its left a hole in my mouth, caved in teeth & a crooked tooth from the left over baby tooth that wasnt removed. Can i take action against him even tho its been 8 years?

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Taking action against the dentist who removed the wrong adult tooth.

While I am puzzled why your parents did not take action to protect and support you from the dentist who mistakenly worked on the wrong tooth, I believe you should direct your inquiry to an attorney who specializes in malpractice. I am sorry you had this experience and hope that your confidence can be restored in other more cautious and meticulous dentists in the future.

Taking action against the dentist who removed the wrong adult tooth.

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While I am puzzled why your parents did not take action to protect and support you from the dentist who mistakenly worked on the wrong tooth, I believe you should direct your inquiry to an attorney who specializes in malpractice. I am sorry you had this experience and hope that your confidence can be restored in other more cautious and meticulous dentists in the future.

Dentist Removed Wrong Tooth

I'm not a lawyer, and each state probably has different rules, but I believe that since you were a minor when the event took place, you probably still have a few years from when you became 18, or will become 21, to take action. Check with a local lawyer.

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

Dentist Removed Wrong Tooth

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I'm not a lawyer, and each state probably has different rules, but I believe that since you were a minor when the event took place, you probably still have a few years from when you became 18, or will become 21, to take action. Check with a local lawyer.

Jay Neuhaus, DDS
New York Dentist

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