March 30, 2022

On January 12, 2022, a dental patient filed her dental malpractice lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court alleging that Wojtyna Dental LLC (d/b/a  Aspen Dental), Dr. Graciela Romo, D.M.D., and Dr. Alexander Wojtyna, DDS committed dental malpractice by improperly placing her dental implants, by placing the dental implants with insufficient bone support, by failing to perform a bone graft to support the implants, by failing to properly adjust the implants and locators, by failing to refer her to a specialist, and by negligently failing to inform her regarding the risks of the dental implants and dental implant procedure.

The plaintiff, Brenda Richter, went to Aspen Dental on January 13, 2020 for an evaluation concerning dental implants and dentures. She returned to Aspen Dental three days later for extractions and to have the implants placed. Richter alleges in her Illinois dental malpractice lawsuit that the defendants negligently failed to diagnose that she did not have sufficient bone to support the implants, which required her to visit Aspen Dental on numerous occasions over a period of six months for continuing treatments. Richter saw an oral surgeon who diagnosed “malpositioned” implants and that she did not have sufficient bone to support the implants.

Richter’s dental malpractice lawsuit alleges that the oral surgeon advised her “that the dental work that she received from defendants was a failure and that Brenda needed significant dental work, including performance of bone grafts, completely removing the dental implants and abutments, and redoing the installation of the implants to get Brenda Richter a satisfactory result.” As a result of the dental implant malpractice, Richter alleges in her lawsuit that she suffered severe facial and myofascial pain, pain in her mouth, facial bone loss, malpositioned implants that cut into her mouth, serious and permanent injuries and damages, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses, reduced ability to socially interact, loss of functionality, infection in the gums due to the implants and future dental problems. She seeks in excess of $50,000 in compensatory damages for the losses and harm that she suffered.


Aspen Dental states on its website: “There is no single provider of dental care called “Aspen Dental”. Each Aspen Dental branded practice is owned and operated by a licensed dentist. Aspen Dental Management, Inc. (“ADMI”) provides administrative and business support services to Aspen Dental branded dental practices. ADMI licenses the “Aspen Dental” brand name to the independently owned and operated dental practices that use its business support services. ADMI does not own or operate the dental practices, employ or in any way supervise the dentists providing dental care, and control over the care provided is the sole responsibility of the independent practice and the dentists they employ. Services and office practices may vary across dental practices, and patients should contact the dental offices directly for all questions concerning their dental treatment.”


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