My Dental Story...
 

 

"If The Words Don't Add Up,

It's Usually Because

The Truth

Wasn't Included In The Equation!"

 

 

My story begins after my upper jaw had deteriorated to the point of becoming what's known as a 'Dental Cripple'. Decades of bone atrophy caused a slue of problems including chronic headaches and in 2003, I entered into what's known as a complete Dental Restoration. 


The procedure involved a 3 day stay in the hospital for a sinus lift and bone grafting from my hip to my upper jaw. The placement of 11 implants, 6 upper 5 lower. Once healed, the next step was seeing the Prosthodontist to have the framework (crown and bridgework) created and then installed.

That's when my nightmare began.....

 

And that nightmare is two-fold. By that I mean, not only did my prosthetic not fit 'Passively' which is a major blunder on Dr. Van Dongen's part but the Bio-Compatible materials I was told I had and as advertised on Mr. Napolitano's web site, were substituted for cheaper, more problematic ones. 

 

Long story short, after a 9 year struggle for answers from the consistent dental issues and continuing declining health, I came to find based on attorney recommended evidence and the validation by several Dental professionals, I was deceived by both dentist (Dr. Craig VanDongen) and lab owner (Richard Napolitano of Knights Dental formally Precision Craft Dental).

 

To my knowledge, I am the ONLY dental patient of harm who can definitively prove my case was absolutely Dental Malpractice and Fraud. As you navigate thru my personal account, video, legally obtained audio and witness statements, the tragedy I suffered becomes blatantly obvious of how completely preventable it was.

 

The Dentist
I found out in 2014 by lab owner Mr. Napolitano (after getting fed up with Dr. Van Dongen) the "Vise-Grip" feeling I had been experiencing since the install, wasn't supposed to be there. I was told my removable prosthetic should've seated right away, clasps close, no discomfort. Or, in other words, 'Passively' fit.

 

To date, that has never happened.

 

When the dentist first saw that I had to bite down hard several times to get the clasps to close he should've immediately addressed the issue. Instead throughout the years and multiple fixes, Dr. Van Dongen never directly addresses my complaints as if to imply, no problem existed.

 

If your asking direct questions as a patient and your dentist is shrugging his/her shoulders without answers making you feel like its no big deal what are you left to think?

 

He's the professional right?

 

As a layperson, I ask my readers this question...

 

How could a dentist tell a patient year after year, "well, I, I could send it back to Richard (Napolitano) and say look it's rocking but it wasn't rocking on the model so"

and not think to investigate if his patient is expressing a problem?

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If your bridgework is configured from the model thats supposed to be identical to your mouth and the prosthetic (Over Denture) fits on the model but Rocks, in your mouth, wouldn't you think that to be a Red Flag that there was something seriously wrong?

Wouldn't it also be a Red Flag if every time the fixed bar (that's attached to the implants) caused you to exhibit serious signs of discomfort upon installing or removal? So much so you squirm in the chair and sometimes brought to tears!

 

Click the link below to listen to the discomfort I've endured since day one whenever the bar was removed or installed.

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If I'm one (1) of a potential Thirty (30) patients in the United States with this dental device (validated by company rep) and the only one to my knowledge that exhibits this kind of discomfort, how could the Prosthodontist ignore the discomfort I've been experiencing since the install?

 

If stability is vital to ensure the longevity of the Implants and Dental Device, why wasn't the vise grip feeling and rocking issues I had been experiencing and complaining about for years ever addressed?

 

I went to my oral surgeon Dr. Ray English at the end of 2015 to express my concerns and when I posed a question asking how much movement should the Dental Devise have? He responded with: "None!"

 

Then I asked how much movement the fixed bar should have and Dr. English stated Oh no, the bar can't move. He then checks the rocking I complain about, agrees the overdenture is rocking and mentions he wishes it wasn't moving like that because it wasn't good for the implants over the long term!

 

NOTE: In the following audio I referenced a date of 2011 about the rocking issue, that was when I attempted to get the issue addressed (along with the monomer allergies) by having the material remade into a safer product, the rocking had actually started before that date.

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The Lab

The Lab owner Mr. Richard Napolitano did not manufacture the all Titanium bridgework (as he told me in 2014 in front of my witness Mr. Tom Farley and as advertised on his PCD Dental website) but instead, used the very metals he claimed never to use because of the nightmares it causes!

Why?

Why was I told one thing and given something he claimed to know was a nightmare for patients?

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I am now suffering from extremely ill health from metal poisoning along with the daily struggles of malfunctioning and deteriorating dental work.

 

Without the resources to restore the damage done and the absence of the necessary dental/medical care needed because I'm being punished for speaking out, I will become a complete dental cripple again in the very near future. 

 

I will fall back into a vicious cycle of debilitating Migraine headaches, sinus pain, ear & throat problems and the list goes on. A bitter pill to swallow for a woman my age (50 +) to have my quality of life become so gravely limited.  

 

Much of what I now go thru on a daily basis is believed to be the sole result of metal poisoning.  The constant mouth rashes, tongue swelling, dry and burning mouth, loss of sublingual glands (Saliva), loss of taste and/or metallic taste, numbness/tingling and/or swelling in my lips, chronic fatigue, weakness from not eating enough, constant "Vise-Grip" feeling on my face, systemic issues ranging from hives/rashes on my skin, inability to eat without feeling like I'm being poisoned, constant coughing, choking and spitting up sputum anytime I eat or drink even water, excessive chills after eating regardless of the meals temp., swelling & redness of hands, inability to tolerate meds and the list goes on and on!! These are just a few of things I now suffer without resolve. 

 

The way it was explained to both the Lab owner and myself by the allergist was this:

"Having an allergy to the metals used in your dental restoration is like having an allergy to Poison Ivy and ingesting it daily! Over time, your body will start to show signs of immune response and wreck havoc on your system."

 

As you read in the previous paragraph, that's exactly what's been happening to me!

 

When I found out how many metals are actually in my mouth, I was appalled as some of which are considered carcinogenic. They are as follows: Chromium Cobalt, Copper, Gallium, Gold, Indium, Molybdenum, Manganese, Palladium, Ruthenium, Silver, Tin, and Zinc. 

Notice you don't see Titanium mentioned anywhere in the list despite the fact of being told otherwise by the Lab owner.

 

Aside from this, the fact that I have been repeatedly told by different professionals Including the Lab owner (who created this bridgework) that measurements for a successful outcome are reliant upon accuracy within microns. If that be the case, then finding a 1/32 of an inch discrepancy reflects the fixed bar is actually flexing, beyond it's designed capacity. That in and of itself set the stage and caused the implants to fail due to overload. That fact was later validated by other Prosthodontists. 

 

Sadly, it took me 9 years to piece the puzzle together and that was 6 years too late according to the law. After spending $74,000.00 in total for teeth I now struggle with on a daily basis, health slipping away, loss of my passion, friends and family life, I've been left devastated. 

 

No patient should have to use their home to pay for dental services, only to be deliberately deceived and expected to pay in whole to fix this dental work all over again.

 

I have developed a serious immune response to most of the metals used in my mouth and the prices I've gotten thus far (here in the US) just to gain a few more years before facing more issues, are astounding. So I have started looking into Dental Tourism for treatment as it seems my only viable option.

 

This is what one dentist wrote about my case:

 

“Your case is complicated.

If we keep the current implants there is a chance of them continuing felling over time.

If the implants are removed, you would have a large amount of bone loss and a bone graft would be needed. So it's a hard decision to make. Ultimately, you are the one with an informed diagnosis and treatment plan, has to choose which way to go. Both ways are going to have pros and cons. Either way, there are going to be some functional and aesthetic compromises and is important that you understand it. A CT scan is needed in order to make a good treatment plan.”