March 2023 - CBS news shares an in depth investigation into the Las Vegas Institute and the AGGA they promoted for TMJ and airway treatment:
Tens of thousands of unsuspecting dental patients have been over-drilled or had the roots of their teeth literally forced out of the jaw bone with AGGA or 'Growth Appliances' by dentists warped by corrupt seminars-often pocketing $60,000 per patient. Shockingly the American Dental Association profits from certifying education programs that are known to be associated with malpractice. Regional dental boards accept the seminars for dentist continuing education based on the ADA CERP status and dentists are taught protocols that some experts suggest are 'baloney' and no better than a placebo. Some dentists have quietly stated their colleagues' 'treatment' is in many cases horrific 'butchery' and find consider it physical assault. Following the advice these seminar groupie dentists has often led to premature tooth loss and complications that keep dental malpractice lawyers very busy.
Dentist points to possibly unqualified dental investigators as reason for prolonged dental investigations: https://www.prlog.org/12932438-dentist-victims-frustrated-by-prolonged-investigations.html
A new book 'The $60,000 Dentist Headache Cure' written by whistleblower dentist Dr. Michael Zuk shows the two decade connection between a Las Vegas seminar program, Canada's largest dental lab, two dental boards - one in Alberta, Canada and another in Nevada...and patients claiming they have been hurt by the 'advanced' dental procedures. This is arguably the largest dental health fraud against the public ever orchestrated. A recent series of malpractice lawsuits are only addressing a tiny fraction of the 'over-treatment' that has occurred- most dental victims have no idea they have been scammed simply because the profession is intentionally keeping a lid on this problem to avoid the bad press and harm to their integrity. It comes as no surprise that the founder of one of the seminar programs in question is reportedly now retiring.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN HARMED WITH AN 'AGGA' DENTAL PROCEDURE (often for TMJ problems or snoring/apnea) CONTACT ONE OF THESE LAW FIRMS IMMEDIATELY:
If you have been treated with a full mouth of crowns after being told a myo-monitor or TENS device suggested a different bite for any health reason (TMJ problems, headaches, cosmetics, restoration of worn teeth, even wrinkles) it may have been an unnecessary procedure. Contact this NOW RETIRED lawyer or one in your areas that specializes in dental malpractice:
http://www.toothattorney.com/ (the website now has referral suggestions)
October 2021 - MORE lawsuits related to the one mentioned below in August is filed. Elsewhere dental boards are reviewing complaints about dentists using the same approaches taught at the SAME seminars. When will the dental profession address this???
Fall 2021- "Tongue Cutter Scam" article has 'ties' with many fringe 'TMJ' dentist approaches - don't miss this one - https://undark.org/2021/09/08/short-on-evidence-dubious-therapies-turn-to-the-tongue/
August 2021- Dentist-Author is contacted about MULTIPLE lawsuits involving procedures discussed in his recent books- patients harmed by 'AGGA' treatment should contact the law firm mentioned in the link below, a local malpractice lawyer and/or their local dental board:
ORTHODONTIST Explains dangers of AGGA Appliance Therapy (seen in recent lawsuits) - https://youtu.be/XWqKi1ldW7g
NYC Woman sues dentist for $10M after 'AGGA' device destroys her smile - https://nypost.com/2020/10/17/woman-files-10m-suit-against-dentist-after-alleged-botched-procedure/
Whistleblower Program interviews Dr. Michael Zuk- October 2020- https://youtu.be/_TMII2Otmz8
Dental Specialists warns dentist to avoid attending 'Las Vegas' seminars to reduce malpractice risk- https://youtu.be/vKEKvf9PTJ8?t=878
NEW- The $60,000 Dentist Headache Cure now on APPLE BOOKS:
March 2021 - "$60,000 Dentist Headache Cure - 2nd edition - 300 pages of evidence that suggests dental authorities repeatedly make the same errors...and how they profit from NOT addressing the problems of overtreatment in the profession" - Now online for $19.98 US
2022- Alberta,Canada-VARIOUS EX-POLICE ARE BEING EMPLOYED AS 'DENTIST INVESTIGATORS'...WHY HAS AN EX-COP COMPLAINT DIRECTOR NOT USED HYGIENISTS OR DENTAL ASSISTANTS FOR THIS PURPOSE? MOST COMPLAINTS ARE NOT OF A CRIMINAL NATURE AND IF THEY ARE THE POLICE SHOULD BE INVOLVED.
What could the dental authority choose to do? A responsible authority would look at the list of Class Actions and issue an alert to all dentists in their area that there is a concern with these appliances and the claims of 'growing jaws' appear to be NOT scientifically verified. The dental labs making these appliances - who also sponsor seminars pushing these procedures - should also be warned. Dentists known to have provided this treatment should have all patients audited for treatment complications consistent with those described in the lawsuits. Seminars teaching this method could be delisted from the C Ed list -posted permanently so dentists know if they take the course it will not give then educational credits. Waiting for the complaint to come in and then taking a year or more to even check the chart is NOT protection of the public. The Alberta dental authority gets an F.
Who is qualified to evaluate the harm in these cases? A periodontist. Sadly this and many other dental authorities have NO IDEA what to do. ANOTHER Law firm is added to the list interested in assisting victims. Best advice is to demand the expert investigator should be a periodontist - if one is not assigned (and you get an ex-police officer) it would be wise to seek your own periodontist expert and submit it to the dental authority and a recommended malpractice lawyer. In Alberta the maximum the dental authority may recommend is a full refund from the dentist. In AGGA cases the harm may be so extreme that even all the money in the world (a large settlement) will not be able to restore a person back to the pre-treatment condition. The truth gets worse. In this province the dental authority's record on collecting money from the admitted guilty that ends up helping patients is under 1 or 2% of the money changing hands. Authority lawyers, consultants, investigators, career jurors and 'experts' keep almost 99%. Multiple requests to the Health Minister to request an audit have so far been ignored. On the bright side there seems to be an ongoing investigation from another agency which may provide the spark needed for change.
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*Compare this to aftermarket hardcover book prices on Amazon.com as high as $877 US - https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Cosmetic-Dentist-Michael-2010-05-26/dp/B01NAO3JE1