Minn. woman sues dentist after 4 root canals, 8 crowns, and 20 fillings done in a single visit | Blaze Media


A woman in Minnesota has reportedly sued her dentist after she received four root canals, eight dental crowns, and 20 fillings during a single visit. She has apparently been left disfigured because of it.

Kathleen Wilson filed a lawsuit last week against Dr. Kevin Molldrem of Molldrem Family Dentistry in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, according to the Associated Press. The negligent treatment apparently happened in July 2020. Molldrem has been accused of giving Wilson an unsafe amount of anesthesia and falsifying medical records in order to hide what he had done.

The Star Tribune reported that Wilson’s team retained Dr. Avrum Goldstein, a Florida dentist, to provide an expert opinion on the treatment Wilson received under Molldrem. Goldstein apparently found a number of duty-of-care breaches during the review.

Goldstein noted that Wilson had decay on “virtually every tooth in her mouth, something that is quite rare,” adding that Molldrem did not appear to do anything to address Wilson’s risk of disease or the potential of losing teeth.

“Katie required a slow, thoughtful, careful and measured response to her disease. Trying to fill every hole in every tooth in her mouth in one visit is not only the antithesis of what was indicated, it is not humanely possible to achieve in an effective or constructive manner,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein concluded that Molldrem had made the correct diagnosis, but provided poor treatment in response.

One of the key elements to the case is that Molldrem apparently administered 960 mg of anesthesia to Wilson — but the maximum dosage is 490 mg, according to Goldstein.

According to Wilson’s records, Molldrem said he administered eight tubes of anesthetic used in dentistry, known as carpules. However, Goldstein discovered that the first dose alone contained eight carpules, and Molldrem administered a total of 15 carpules throughout Wilson’s visit.

Over the course of several months in 2022, Wilson was treated at the University of Minnesota Dental School “for repair and replacement of many of her restorations in an attempt to stabilize her mouth,” according to Goldstein.

It is still possible that Wilson will have to have all of her teeth removed, despite the procedures done on them. If this happens, Goldstein stated that all the work Wilson received on her teeth would “have been for nothing,” per AP.

Aside from medical costs, Wilson is seeking at least $50,000 in damages. She claims she suffered disfigurement, embarrassment, and pain as a result of the treatment.

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