People will often spend several days, weeks, or even months meeting with potential pediatricians before choosing the doctor that will see their children. Yet, these same people will often choose a dentist at the drop of a hat. This, of course, is not recommended, and in case you needed a gentle reminder of the danger that can come with choosing the wrong dentist, let us consider the headlines of 2013.
Among the many names that have been featured in newspapers around the country in 2013 is Dr. Robert Tupac. His name is not new to the media. In 1992, Tupac was considered a suspect in the death of his 36 year old wife, Marianne, whose body was found in the bathtub of their home. While the death initially appeared to be accidental or purposeful suicide, further investigation revealed that there was not enough water in the lungs to suggest the woman had drowned in the tub; she had to have been dead before being placed in the water. It was ruled a homicide and a suspected suffocation via pillow or other such prop. Tupac was having an affair at the time. He went on to marry the mistress. The lead detective in the case is still convinced that Tupac murdered Marianne and that he did it to prevent divorce claiming half of his assets. Unfortunately, sufficient evidence was never found and a murderer was never named.
Dr. Tupac is still practicing dentistry today, but his name is making headlines once again. This time it is his patients who are calling him to attention, claiming that the former murder suspect has been acting with gross negligence in his dental practice.
The first patient is a female who initially came to the dentist with missing and broken teeth. Tupac recommended that she have all of her teeth extracted then he would use implants to recreate the look and functionality of the mouth. After eight hours under oral sedation, the woman spent years and thousands of dollars returning to the dentist to fix the complications that occurred as a result of the dentist’s poor choices when placing implants. She claims that the implants were too big and poorly placed, resulting in bone deterioration. A second dentist was able to fix her teeth and sustain her oral health. One is left to wonder, when presented with the same situation, if a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, would recommend full dentures instead of the implants.
A second patient is accusing the dentist of overlooking his medical history before performing implant surgeries. The man, who is a smoker, regularly consumes alcohol, and had high blood pressure complains that his implants crumbled not long after the surgery. Tupac was unable to correct the teeth. It took a secondary dentist a full year to make the necessary alterations.
In addition, a former dental assistant has stood up in court claiming that her superior, Dr. Tupac, had her perform a host of procedures that she was not licensed to perform, including an implant extraction, which he walked her through over the phone.
While Dr. Tupac has not been convicted of any of his accused crimes, this is a reminder that not all dentists are created equally. One is encouraged to consider many options when choosing a dentist. San Antonio, Texas is home to many licensed professionals, including a highly respected dentist found at http://www.danieladental.com .
6415 Babcock Rd. #105
San Antonio, Texas 78249
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