Performance and Professional Standards Panel
Date of Hearing: 29 April 2013
Date of Decision: 29 May 2013
Clinical care – inadequate or inappropriate history or examination
Clinical care – inadequate or inappropriate treatment
Health record – inadequate or inaccurate or misleading
The dental practitioner faced allegations that they had engaged in unsatisfactory professional performance, in that they:
The panel found that all of the allegations were proven and that the practitioner had engaged in unsatisfactory professional performance.
The panel found that the dentist had inappropriately relied on x-rays that were 17 months old and had failed to take proper steps to examine and diagnose the patient’s tooth, contrary to acceptable current practice. The dentist had failed to take x-rays and conduct vitality tests before progressing the tooth for a crown, which may have revealed the true nature of the patient’s condition which was an infection. The panel also found that the practitioner’s records were not of a standard reasonably expected of a registered dentist.
Further, based on the answers the practitioner gave during the hearing, the panel found that the practitioner’s understanding of the appropriate use of antibiotics was possbily inadequate.
The panel cautioned the practitioner and imposed conditions on their registration requiring them to maintain membership with an approved professional association or body for three years and complete further education and training about the appropriate use of antibiotics within six months, at their own cost.
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