Man attributes problems with jaw to dental procedure

By John Suayan | Feb 7, 2019

HOUSTON – A local man has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a dentist after a procedure two years ago allegedly caused him to have problems with his jaw, recent Harris County District Court records show.

Xiaoming Wu is suing Dr. Xavier Saab and Saab Dental Associates, P.A. in the 113th District Court for administering “improper care and treatment.”

Court filings dated Feb. 5 explain that Wu went to Saab “to have a ridge augmentation bone graft procedure on his lower right jaw.”

“A ridge augmentation bone graft is normally done by placing bone graft material to the jaw, which helps to form a new bone,” the original petition says. “As a result of the negligently performed procedure, Wu’s condition continued to worsen over the next week, and he began to experience a numbing sensation in his chin.”

Wu further recalls the possibility of another surgery prompting him to seek a second opinion from the University of Texas School of Dentistry. The plaintiff learned that Saab had left the surgical area open.

“Dr. Saab and Saab Dental breached the standard of care in this instance, in leaving bone exposed in his jaw, and causing bone fragments to come off of his buccal bone,” the suit says.

A purported result of the defendants’ actions was Wu losing feeling in his lower jaw.

Consequently, he seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

The law firm Paranjpe Mahadass Ruemke LLP in Houston is representing the complainant.

Harris County 113th District Court Case No. 2019-09037

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