Dentist sees charges thrown out

A dentist whose work left a patient complaining of crooked teeth and a damaged jaw has been cleared of serious professional misconduct following a disciplinary hearing.

Pirooz Diba, 45, was accused by patient Danut Stefanescu of botching the installation of a new dental bridge at a surgery in Bristol. Mr Stefanescu, 45, also claimed the dentist ruined another bridge put in on the other side of his mouth two weeks earlier.

When the bridges did not fit together, Mr Diba ‘ground down’ the first bridge so far that the metal structure was exposed, it was claimed. Mr Stefanescu, whose initial bridge was installed in Romania, claimed he could not bite properly and was left with exposed metal in his mouth.

But the General Dental Council ruled there was not enough evidence to support his allegations.

The committee also threw out charges that Mr Diba falsified Mr Stefanescu’s dental records.

Chairman Professor Ronnie Laird said: ‘The committee has decided that such facts as have been proved would be insufficient to support a finding of serious professional misconduct and the case is therefore concluded.’

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