London: How would you react if your dentist first pulls out your tooth and then replants it after retrieving it from a waste bin? Perhaps with a shock.
This was the reaction of a lady in Britain when her dentist did the same to her.
The incident took place after Kim Green, a mother of three from Wellington, Somerset called the ADP practice near her home with acute pain caused by a decayed and infected tooth.
Green claims that Dentist Justin George took an X-ray of her mouth but did not check the images. He relied on her pointing to the throbbing tooth.
The lady rang up the surgery back two hours later claiming that he had pulled out the wrong one. When George examined the X-ray, he realised his blunder.
The lady was summoned back and informed that her healthy tooth would be sewn back in.
Unable to bear the pain anymore she couldn't think straight and just agreed to whatever the dentist told her. "He told me he could save the healthy tooth he had removed and that he performed operations like that all the time," said Green.
Green, who was in agony from a root canal infection, did not know that her healthy tooth had lain among bloodied tissues, saliva wipes and needles used on other patients.
She said, "He had sewn the healthy tooth back into the infected area with the decayed tooth still in place."
Green was sent back home with a prescription of pain killers. But her pain worsened once again later. In the end, it got so bad that she was taking the suggested pain killers every hour. But still the pain didn't stop.
"I was crying with pain. I phoned an emergency general practitioner (GP) who asked what painkillers I had," said Green.
She was admitted to a hospital in Taunton - where George used to practice.
A shocked surgeon there removed both the replanted and the infected tooth. He reported George, the dentist, to the local health authority and General Dental Council (GDC).
The dentist has now been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.