State orders U-Buffalo graduate dentist back to school after botched root canal

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State orders Manlius dentist back to school after botched root canals and extractions (Update: Read the charges)

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.s...racturing.html

Syracuse, N.Y. -- A dentist accused of fracturing patients’ jaws while pulling teeth and leaving instruments behind during root canals has been disciplined by the state.

Dr. Deepika Reddy, of East Syracuse Family Dental Arts, 7040 Manlius Center Road, Manlius, has been temporarily barred by the state Education Department from practicing endodontics, the branch of dentistry that includes root canal treatment, and all oral surgery, including extractions, until she completes retraining courses at the University of Buffalo Dental School.

The state also fined her $1,000.


In a signed consent agreement with the state Education Department, Reddy did not contest the state’s charge that she practiced dentistry with negligence on more than one occasion. She agreed to the penalty, which includes a partial suspension of her license. The state Board of Regents approved the agreement. Reddy, contacted Monday by The Post-Standard, declined to comment on the case.
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The state said Reddy botched the treatment of seven patients between 2005 and 2010, leaving some of them infected and in pain.
In a statement of charges, here's what the state said she did:
Reddy fractured two patients’ jaws while attempting to extract teeth.
One of the patients had come in for a routine teeth cleaning. During that procedure Reddy decided to extract a tooth deeply rooted in the patient’s jaw bone. Reddy “ ... failed to recognize that she was not competent to perform the complicated procedure she was attempting, resulting in pain and severe harm to the patient.”
In three cases, Reddy left instruments in patients’ teeth.
While drilling the patients’ teeth during root canals, Reddy broke off files and left them behind. In two of those cases she subsequently performed restorative work on the same teeth, never recognizing instruments had been left in the teeth.
 

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Yup. Sounds like another medicaid butcher. Surprised she actually got caught.
 

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Reading the comments to that story, I'm surprised she was in practice for so long!
 

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From: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/new_york_attorney_general_inve_2.html

"BUFFALO, N.Y. — Attorney General Andrew Cuomo launched an investigation Wednesday into health care credit cards after receiving hundreds of complaints from consumers who were convinced by doctors and dentists to sign up for them.

Investigators will look into financial incentives providers receive for promoting the cards that can leave patients struggling with overcharges and high interest rates, Cuomo said.

Health care providers sent subpoenas include: Allcare Dental Management Inc. of Buffalo; American Laser Centers of Farmington Hills, Mich.; Aspen Dental Management Inc. of East Syracuse; East Syracuse Family Dental Arts; Laser Cosmetica of New York City; Lifestyle Lift of Troy, Mich.; Northern Lights Chiropractic of Watertown; S & Y Diamond Dental P.C. of Brooklyn; Sunshine Dental of Watertown, and Toothsavers of New York City. "

Looks like they're in trouble with CareCredit too. Classy, real classy.
 

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It doesn't say she is a graduate of Buffalo, just that she has to take remediation courses there. My bet is she is a graduate of the dental factory located further downstate.
 

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To work as a dentist in NY state don't dentists already have a GPR requirement? Perhaps the ADA will start a 1 year "common sense" residency program based at NYU. Call it a CSR. I'll apply.
 

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Well here's the complete story AND A PICTURE! I'll say one thing, she's got great teeth!

PS Is it not going to be extremely uncomfortable for her to walk around the buffalo dental campus with this hanging over her head???? Awkwardddd
 

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It's just sad that people like this get so much press.. it makes the rest of us look bad and gives a bad image to the school they went to. In reality, a "lemon dentist" could potentially come out of any dental school.