Dishonesty in dental practice

Self-care is a basic necessity for most; nutritional diet, yearly checkups and day-to-day healthy practices are part of a typical routine. Dental checkups are part of that routine for a large majority of Floridians, as dental health often sets the stage for a flourishing lifestyle. Therefore, dentists are professionals to trust -- or, at least, many would think. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Whether it is by intent or mistake, discovering that a healthcare professional made a misstep can be an incredibly unsettling experience deserving of a solution.

Just two years ago, ABC News reported the investigation of a Florida dentist who performed unnecessary procedures for Medicaid-related benefits. The longtime Jacksonville professional had allegedly implanted excessive metal caps on teeth, as well as performed various other unneeded treatment to the children of 50 families. Having taken advantage of the Medicaid benefits, the dentist had placed no limit on the types of procedures he would heedlessly carry out -- at the time of the incident, Medicaid paid per procedure per tooth. The dentist, however, denied all allegations. 

One would like to assume that such professionals are ones people can wholly rely upon. But the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud outlines some of the main concerns patients encounter with dentists, noting that worthless treatment is one of the most common forms of malpractice. Shockingly enough, some dentists even remove children's teeth without painkillers. Many patients require additional surgery to mend former damage. Other types of malpractice include phantom treatment, false dental plans and inflated billings. It is clear that, while most dentists carry out honest and responsible work, it is never a bad idea to better understand the risks and the costs of dishonesty in dental practice.     









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