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Nevada Dentist Reused Abutments on Multiple Patients

March 12, 2018
by Natalie Bruzda, Las Vegas Review-Journal


UNLV is notifying 184 patients that they may have had dental implant work done with an instrument that had been used on other patients.

A recent review of the dental implant process at the university’s Faculty Dental Practice Clinic found that healing abutments, which are manufactured to be a single-use item, were reused. The reuse of a healing abutment might increase the failure of a dental implant because of healing complications.

“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations against the dentist in our dental school,” Regent Trevor Hayes said. “However, I am proud of the swift response of Chancellor (Thom) Reilly and the system (Nevada System of Higher Education) staff in addressing these allegations and getting to the bottom of it. I have many concerns and questions regarding UNLV’s timeliness of response and depth of response, and I want to know why the system had to take over this matter.”

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