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Indianapolis Man Suing Dentist Who Removed All of His Teeth

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An Indianapolis man is suing an east side dentist after the dentist removed all of his teeth, allegedly without permission. Christopher Crist went to Amazing Family Dental to have three teeth pulled but walked out without any teeth. So far, the dentist has refused to issue a comment.

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CORRECTION: In a news report on April 8, 2013 about a man whose dental treatment resulted in the removal of all of his teeth, Fox59 incorrectly reported the name of another dental patient interviewed in the story as “Sheena Cortez.”  The patient’s name is Sheena Castro.

CLARIFICATION:  In the April 8, 2013 story updating developments in a previous story about dental treatment, Fox59 requested comment from Amazing Family Dental, P.C.  Representatives did not comment at that time.  In its initial April 5, 2013 report on this story, however, Fox59 received the following statement from the dental office in response to its request for comment:  “Amazing Family Dental, PC and its Dentist comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by keeping patient information confidential.  This dental office also cooperates with patients by making patient files available to the patient on the patient’s request.”

A corrected version of the story appears below:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The family of a 21-year-old claims their loved one spent the last two days in the hospital.

Christopher Crist has been fighting an infection allegedly at the hands of an Indy dentist. That dentist still refuses to tell his side of the story.

Crist doesn’t have any teeth now.

“They pulled every last one of them,” said Crist.

Crist said his dentist took out 29 teeth that he did not want pulled while he was sedated.

“I am going to look like a freak now,” said Crist. “Honest to God.”

Sheena Castro was in the exam room next to Crist at the time of his procedure at Amazing Family Dental.

“I have never seen a dentist, pull every one of someone’s teeth out like that,” said Castro.

She said it looked like something out of a horror movie.

“It looked scary,” said Castro.

Castro continues to deal with her own pain. The result of her latest dental visit.

“I am still in pain from the two crowns,” said Castro. “My mouth does not shut all the way. My teeth do not touch.”

After our original story aired, we got more than a dozen calls, all telling a similar story. That story was that the dentist at Amazing Family Dental has been taking out too many teeth.

Rose Hill went to the dentist to take care of one tooth that was bothering her. She said the doctor pulled her entire bottom row.

“I was shocked,” said Hill. “I said, ‘What do you mean you have to take them all? There is not anything wrong with them. They are not bothering me.’”

For a second time, Fox59 went to Amazing Family Dental for an explanation. The doctor never came out of his office, instead he told his staff to call the police.

The family of Crist still plans on suing the dentist. Fox59 is not releasing the dentist’s name because he has not been named in any legal action yet.

An Indianapolis man is furious after he said he visited an east side dentist to have three teeth pulled out but walked out with no teeth at all.

“I am going to look like a freak now,” said Christopher Crist.  “Honest to God.”

Crist, who is Autistic, said went to the dentist with a toothache.  His family said they told him exactly what to say to, “pull the three troubled teeth and nothing more.”

“They pulled 32 teeth,” said Crist.  “They pulled every last one of them.”

Fox59 went to Amazing Family Dental to hear their side of the story, but the office door was locked, despite a sign posted stating they were open until 5 p.m. The dental office’s lawyer told Fox59 employees were inside the office, but did not want to comment on the incident

However, Fox59 did receive the following statement:

“Amazing Family Dental, PC and its Dentist comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) by keeping patient information confidential.  This dental office also cooperates with patients by making patient files available to the patient on the patient’s request.”

Crist’s family said they had been trying to get those records for two days, but still have not received anything.  Before his latest visit to the dentist, Crist was described to be fun-loving and quick to smile.  Now, the 21-year-old man said he has no idea how to go on.

“I do not know how she is going to look at me, and I do not know how my friends are going to look at me now,” said Crist.

Family members told Fox59 they plan on hiring a lawyer and filing a lawsuit against Amazing Family Dental.

Fox59 checked out the status of the dental office’s license, and the license is current with the State of Indiana and there was no record of any other complaint filed against the company.

Dentists said there are cases where pulling a large number of teeth is the right thing to do.  Fox59 spoke with Lynna Scott of Scott Dentistry, who said in extreme cases like trench mouth, where the patient’s teeth are all rotting away, pulling them out is the best medicine.

“Sometimes teeth can be saved, other times they cannot be saved, but either way if they cannot be saved, it is best to get them out so you do not have other conditions going on,” said Scott.  “Things like infections spreading that will lead to heart attacks, or strokes, or other things that can basically be fatal.  It really does depend on the person or situation.”

Scott said before that many teeth are taken out, there needs to conversation between dentist and patient, as well as informed consent before it happens.

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