Dr Deepika Reddy, who works at the East Syracuse Family Dental Arts Clinic, has been banned temporarily by the state from practising endontics, which includes root canal procedures, until she has returned to the University of Buffalo Dental School to be retrained. The ban also cover any oral surgery, such a tooth extractions, and Dr Reddy has been fined $1,000 for her negligence.
Reddy admitted the state’s charge that she had practised dentistry with negligence on several different occasions and agreed to the punishment that was imposed by the state Board of Regents, which also includes a partial suspension of her licence.
The charges included a list of the procedures that Reddy had carried out between 2005 and 2010 that had gone wrong, leaving many patients in extreme pain and needing to seek further dental treatment to fix her mistakes. The list included; fracturing the jaws of two different patients while attempting to remove teeth; trying to carry out a complicated extraction that she was not qualified to perform and failing to remove all the decayed tissue during a root canal, causing the patient sever pain.
On three occasions, Dr Reddy managed to break the files she was using during a root canal procedure and accidentally left the pieces of the instruments in patient’s teeth after the treatment was over. In two of those cases she actually treated the patients affected again on a different occasion and didn’t even notice that the broken files were still there, stuck in the teeth.