John Reid and Jessica Allan Secure a Not Guilty Verdict in a Dental Malpractice Lawsuit

November 3, 2017
John Reid and Jessica Allan secured a not guilty verdict Friday evening in a dental malpractice lawsuit filed against their clients, a restorative dentist and her practice.  The plaintiff asserted that the dentist was negligent in her design, manufacture, and delivery of the patient’s implant supported overdenture.   The plaintiff claims that the denture did not fit properly and continually moved in her mouth, causing denture stomatitis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and continual inappropriate occlusal pressure on one of the implants, ultimate resulting in the loss of that implant.  The implant loss resulted in severe atrophy of the bone in the upper jaw, diagnosed by her treating oral surgeon.  Plaintiff also asserted that the repeated adjustments to address the problems and complaints that were required necessitated a referral to a prosthodontist, which was not done until after the implant failed.  The defense contended the denture was appropriately designed and delivered and that the denture stomatitis and other symptoms and conditions the patient experienced were caused by an allergic reaction to the metal alloy used in the upper denture.  Additionally, the bone atrophy  that occurred with the implant loss could be remedied with a ridge augmentation procedure by the oral surgeon.  The jury deliberated for approximately 1.5 hours.  The case was tried before Judge Daniel Lynch in Cook County.