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Dentist prosecuted for carrying out unnecessary emergency dentistry

Wed

Dentist prosecuted for carrying out unnecessary emergency dentistryA Canadian dentist who was performing unecessary emergency dentistry on patients has been prosecuted.

Winnipeg-based dentist Dr Donald J Bachinsky pleaded guilty to three charges of professional misconduct following an investigation, CBC News reports.

Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch looked into the case after they noted statistical anomolies in Dr Bachinsky's records for aboriginal patients.

The analysis led to claims the dental professional had carried out a number of fillings on patients' teeth when they were not required.

Dr Bachinsky was fined C$24,000 (£15,237) for performing unecessary dental treatment on a number of people.

He will be subject to retraining and monitoring if he chooses to start his dental practice again following a six-month ban.

Dental fillings should only be given to people with chipped, decayed teeth that may have been affected by gum disease, Bupa Healthcare reports.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800548087-ADNFCR

Patients ‘should not worry about root canal treatment’

Tue

Patients 'should not worry about root canal treatment'People worrying about needing root canal treatment may be reassured by comments from a dental health expert.

Cosmetic dentist Thomas P Connelly urged prospective patients to remain calm before the procedure, as it is not as painful as most people think.

In an article for the Huffington Post, Dr Connelly stated that the treatment is the most effective method to stop pain from a damaged tooth.

The procedure usually involves drilling into the tooth in order to rid the mouth of infected pulp, with the dentist then drilling the nerves out of the root canal.

Dr Connelly warned patients that dental professionals often need to fit a crown to the tooth following the treatment in order to make it last as long as possible.

Bupa Healthcare states that the pulp in the teeth can be damaged by a number of factors which may lead to a person needing root canal treatment – including injury, gum disease and tooth decay.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800547250-ADNFCR

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