Dentist yanked out adult tooth on accident

A dentist in the Atlanta area was on his way to fill an adult tooth when he pulled the wrong tooth instead.

The dentist pulled out the tooth after his assistant told him that a patient with the same name had an adult tooth that she wanted removed.

The mistake was caught the next day, and the dentist issued a formal apology but did not admit fault.

The dentist, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the mistake was the result of a misunderstanding. He said the patient had told him that her tooth was malformed and needed a root canal.

The dentist said her tooth had several unusual characteristics. “She said it looked like a tooth on the end of a pencil, and that it had a very short root, like it had been dropped from a car,” he said.

The dentist said he decided to pull the tooth because of its unusual shape, and did not realize that the patient had an adult tooth.

The dentist said he had trouble explaining the tooth’s unusual characteristics to his assistant, but said he did not want to take the risk of doing the procedure wrong.

“I was very nervous about it,” he said, adding that the procedure involved a root canal and crown. The dentist estimated that more than $400 would be the cost of the procedure, including anesthetic and an x-ray.

According to the dentist, the patient has since come back to him for follow-up care.

He said he is in no way trying to blame the patient for the mistake.

“The tooth is a normal adult tooth,” he said.

He added that he was not aware of any other cases where a dentist pulled the wrong tooth from a patient.

Dentist’s apology is not enough

The dentist’s apology was not enough for the patient.

“The patient has been a patient of mine for 35 years, and I have never done anything like that in my life,” he said.

“His wife is a nurse and has been telling me that it’s a little late, but I don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said. “I guess I should have thought of that before I did it.”

The dentist said he intends to get an x-ray and take a deeper look at the patient’s teeth.

“I am very upset with myself for doing it,” he said. “I hope to get a second opinion from another dentist who will give me a different opinion.”

In the end, the dentist said he was not going to take any blame, and does not plan to make any changes to his practice.

“I don’t like it, but I do not feel that I did anything wrong,” he said.

The patient said she does not feel that the dentist’s apology was sincere.

“I feel like he did not really apologize to me,” she said.

The patient’s husband said he is not sure what the dentist’s misstep was because the dentist has not shared his “little indiscretion” with him.

“The worst thing that could happen would be that he would do it again,” he said.

The patient said she hopes the dentist will find a way to forgive her.

“I just hope and pray that he will do something about it, but I don’t think it will be the last time,” she said. “I’m very lucky.”

Dentists have a difficult job

The incident has been widely publicized, and many dentists have commented on the incident on social media.

“I have a hard time with this,” said Dr. Paul A. Kiser, a dentist in Boca Raton, Florida. “It’s a terrible mistake to pull the wrong tooth.”

“The dentist is a human being, and mistakes happen, and people make mistakes,” said Dr. Brian R. O’Brien, a dentist in New York City. “We have to learn how to apologize and move on.”

According to Dr. O’Brien, the dentist’s mistake is not a reflection of his work.

“I think it is a reflection of a lack of training on the part of some dental assistants,” he said. “I think they need training on the fact that sometimes they can pull the wrong tooth.”

The patient’s husband said that he hopes the dentist learns from his mistake.

“I hope the patient gets better,” he said. “I hope he can be forgiven and that he can get back to doing his job.”

The patient said she is not sure how much longer she will have to wait.

“It’s such an unusual situation,” she said. “If it happens again, I hope it gets caught and that the dentist learns a lesson.”

The patient’s husband said he is hopeful that the dentist will learn from this mistake.

“I hope he does not do it again,” he said.

Dr. O’Brien said that a dentist should not apologize for a mistake, but said that the dentist should not be blamed either.

“It’s a mistake, and it’s a human error,” he said. “It’s an error, and it should not be blamed. You have to learn from it.”

The patient said that while she appreciates the dentist’s apology, she still feels let down.

“I don’t feel like he really apologizes to me because he did not do it in front of me. He did it behind my back,” she said.

“I don’t think he really feels that way,” she added. “I don’t know if it’s a sign of character or if it’s just a sign of his ego.”

The patient’s husband added that he would like to see the dentist apologize to the patient more.

What is the outlook?

Dr. Kiser said he thinks the dentist will move on from this mistake.

“I don’t think he will do it again, but I think it will be a learning lesson,” he said. “It’s better to learn from it and not repeat it.”

O’Brien said he was not sure what he would do with this mistake.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I don’t think I will ever do that again.”

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