implants fiasco...

Is it normal to pull all ( 15 ) of someone\'s maxillary teeth, perform bone grafts, wait 6 months, do full flap osteoplasty with implant placement using a cat scan & guide- only to dismiss the patient with completely useless and un-loadable infected implants- and no restoration? Does dismissing me really give my dentist in Marysville, WA, Dr Gosch, the right to cancel his promise to replace any implants that failed?

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Answer: Patient Abandonment

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Each state has its own set of laws regarding patient dismissal.  According to the Washington State legislature (WAC 246-817-380), patient abandonment is when:

The attending dentist, without reasonable cause, shall not neglect, ignore, abandon, or refuse to complete the current procedure for a patient. If the dentist chooses to withdraw responsibility for a patient of record, the dentist shall:
(1) Advise the patient that termination of treatment is contemplated and that another dentist should be sought to complete the current procedure and for future care; and
(2) Advise the patient that the dentist shall remain reasonably available under the circumstances for up to fifteen days from the date of such notice to render emergency care related to that current procedure.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.32.035. WSR 95-21-041, § 246-817-380, filed 10/10/95, effective 11/10/95.]
If you have not received a letter of dismissal from your treating dentist, the dentist can be held liable for patient abandonment.  It is unacceptable if you are following the dentists recommendations within reason for you to be dismissed from the practice.  

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