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Extraction of incorrect tooth during dental procedure (15HDC01402)
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Dentist ~ Dental Care ~ Treatment plan ~ Incorrect
extraction of tooth ~ Standard of care ~ Right 4(1)
A dentist was engaged to extract three teeth for a patient for
orthodontic reasons. During the appointment, the dentist extracted
deciduous teeth (baby teeth) 53 and 63 correctly, but erroneously
removed adult tooth 26 instead of the third deciduous tooth, 65.
Immediately after removing tooth 26, the dentist realised he had
extracted the incorrect tooth and reinserted tooth 26.
It was held that by failing to identify the correct tooth for
extraction and therefore removing the wrong tooth, the dentist
failed to provide services with reasonable care and skill and
breached Right 4(1). The dentist's error was held to be an
individual clinical error, and the dental service was accordingly
not found to be in breach of the Code.
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