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Back to school for dentist who broke patients’ jaws

A dentist who has fractured her patients’ jaws and left instruments stuck in their teeth has been ordered to go back to school before resuming work.

More training is probably a good idea for Dr. Deepika Reddy, of Manlius, New York. The state’s Board of Education has banned her from practicing endodontics, which includes root canals and oral surgery, until she completes retraining courses in the field. She was also fined $1,000.

The state claims that Reddy performed substandard care on seven patients between 2005 and 2010. Some of the poorly performed treatments resulted in infection and significant pain.

According to the state, two patients suffered fractured jaws while Reddy was performing tooth extractions on them. In three other cases, Reddy left broken bits of files in the teeth of patients who were receiving root canals. In each of those cases, Reddy finished the restorative work on the teeth without ever realizing — or repairing — the damage left by the instruments.

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