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‘Poor fit crowns’ dentist escapes being struck off

A dentist who poorly fitted crowns in a patient's mouth and failed to tackle her gum disease has escaped being struck off the register.

Glaswegian dentist Stephen Reid, formerly of The Station Clinic, Shotts in Lanarkshire, saw the patient – referred to as Ms A – 90 times in seven years from November 1999 until he sold the Lanarkshire clinic in 2006.
 
In that time, Dr Reid failed to give the woman basic advice on oral hygiene and was often forced to fix his own work, the General Dental Council (GDC) heard.

The committee also heard that in the period he was treating Ms A, he was working single-handed, under considerable pressure and was seeing in excess of 40 patients a day.

The chairman told him the committee was ‘satisfied that these circumstances contributed to the failings in your treatment and the management of this patient.'

He added: ‘You recognised the difficulties that working under such pressure placed upon you and in consequence decided to sell the practice.'

Dr Reid had to remove veneers he installed only a few years earlier and cut away part of the woman's gum after poorly fitting crowns caused infection.

Dr Reid said that he did record a treatment plan, a medical history and a diet history and analysis but the committee told him that it identified ‘significant shortcomings including your record keeping, the standard of your radiographic work, your periodontal and restorative treatment and management of one patient whilst in practice in West Scotland from 2000 to 2006.'

The chairman added: ‘In your evidence you expressed regret and remorse for your management of Patient A's treatment. You publicly apologised to the patient in her absence and to your profession. The committee is satisfied that your expressions of regret are genuine and that you have shown considerable insight into the deficiencies that have been identified.

‘You have a lengthy and otherwise unblemished record. We heard from your successor in the practice that your patients universally spoke highly of your treatment. The committee has heard your evidence as to how you are currently practising. It has accepted the testimonials presented to it, some from fellow practitioners, which speak of your professionalism and high clinical standards. The committee is encouraged by your recent acceptance on a MSc course.'

The coomittee concluded that it was highly unlikely that the misconduct would be repeated and that his continued practise did not present a risk to the public.

The committee decided that his fitness to practise was not impaired.

 Posted on : Wed 2nd - Sep - 2009

 

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