Post-Procedure Infections and Your Dental License
Dental procedures, such as tooth extractions, dental fillings, and root canals are often necessary to preserve oral health. Unfortunately, these same procedures can carry risks for patients. Dry socket, post-procedure infections, and even death are all possibilities. Some are rarer than others, but all can pose a risk to your practice and your dental licensing status. Learn more with help from the following information.
When Common Risk Leads to an Investigation
While one might expect that patients understand the importance of proper dental hygiene, especially after a procedure, some struggle to follow the guidelines you set. Such patients could potentially file a complaint, despite their shortcomings, which may place your practice at risk for an investigation. Alternatively, if you or a member of your staff failed to inform a patient of their potential risks, or provide them with aftercare instructions, you may be subject to investigation by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE).
Unsanitary Practices and the Investigation
Unsanitary practices, carried out by either yourself or your staff, can include anything from improper handwashing to multi uses of single use items. All these practices can increase a patient’s risk of infection; they can also increase the potential for a suspension of your dental license, should you experience an investigation from the TSBDE. For this reason, it is crucial that you monitor staff, conduct regular training, and hold each member of your employees accountable.
How Infections Can Result in the Suspension of Your Dental License
Whatever the reason for investigators arriving at your office – be it due to noncompliance among patients, failure to provide post-procedure instruction, or unsanitary practices – it is crucial you understand the power, purpose, and reach of the TSBDE. Not only can they request information and records, and even attempt to watch over and examine your practice, they can assign disciplinary action for any infractions that they believe pose a risk to the public.
For example, an employee who fails to wash their hands properly in the presence of an investigator could your entire practice could be placed at risk. Your license could also be at risk for suspension or revocation. This action against your license would bar you from practicing dentistry until it is lifted or reinstated.
Protecting Your Dental License During an Investigation
Never assume that the TSBDE is on your side, and do not feel as if you must face the investigation alone. Instead, contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, and gain the representation you deserve. Dedicated and experienced, our Texas dental license defense lawyer can protect your rights. We take aggressive and immediate action to protect your dental license. Schedule a free consultation by calling 512-228-7946 today.