Horrifying Dental 'Mix-Up' Leaves Autistic Man Totally Toothless

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dentist horror story christopher cristWhat a young autistic man in Indianapolis just went through during a visit to his dentist sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of. Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Crist went in for a routine operation to extract three of his teeth ... and ended up getting all 32 pulled out. (Aghhhh, it pains me to even report that.)

Crist's family says the dentist gave Crist pills to numb the pain -- and before he knew it, they had removed all of Crist's teeth. "It [the pills] made me loopy and as they were doing that, they were shooting my gums with the numbing gel," Crist told local station WTVR. This poor young man. So, so horrifying.

Crist's parents said they were trying to get his patient file from the dentist and would be filing a complaint with the state of Indiana. In the meantime, the dentist at the Amazing Family Dental clinic -- which, from the outside, looks like a totally sketchy place -- has not been named and has so far not commented on the alleged incident. Let's hope the Crists get more than a complaint filed with the state. This poor guy deserves a hefty settlement and the best dental implants money can buy.

Because, OMG, going to the dentist is stressful enough without having to worry that we can't trust them to do exactly what we're there for! And losing any teeth -- even just three, like Crist was planning to have extracted -- can be physically and emotionally debilitating. Not only because you need them to eat obviously, but it's not like missing all your teeth is something you can physically HIDE. Sure, just like a wig for hair loss, you can come kinda close to the real thing. Crist could get some dentures (judging from their window signage, this "Amazing Family Dental clinic" seems to be big on those!) temporarily, but still, nothing beats real teeth. For chewing, smiling, living your life.

That said, my heart goes out to him and his family. It makes me ill to think this happened. Fingers crossed the action they take from  here on out prevents this clinic from claiming anyone else a victim of a devastating "mix-up" like this in the future.

What's your reaction to this horror story?

 

Image via WTVR.com

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nonmember avatar krelia

What does Autism have to do with this story? If somebody finds out please let me know.

nonmember avatar Lilac

I'm not sure why this article felt it needed to mention he's autistic. It had no relevance on what happened to him.

CPN322 CPN322

The only reason I can think of for them to add that he is autistic is because individuals with autism have a lot harder time dealing with things like going to the dentist than the average person so imagine how tramautizing this is to him. Just awful.

jaznrich jaznrich

How does one pull 29 HEALTHY teeth on accident. 1 MAYBE, but 29 more than discussed??

Nycti... Nyctimene

Krelia and Lilac, I think it's also worth mentioning because this sort of abuse of people with mental illnesses by the medical community is all too common. Also because, had he been are more functioning (speech and/or understanding) person, he may have been able to speak up for himself better when he felt something was wrong. So it's quite relevant. 

This is beyond ridiculous. Any time someone comes in for that sort of surgery it's worth it to pause to double check before you start taking teeth out. That's like a surgeon removing all the inner organs without even pausing to ask or check whether that's right and then going "Oops" afterwards. Come on. If I was a Dentist I would be double-checking any time someone came in with more than three to be pulled at one time (I've had that many done at once but never more than that).  

Vegeta Vegeta

Also this happened to another woman. She had 1 bad tooth and they pulled her whole bottom row. Can't believe theyre still in business.

Janet Isabel Wallace

i cant believe that happen to this young man i have two children that have austistic in them and it is hard enough to get them to see a doctor with out freaking out so im very sad about this young guy i hope that the parents do something fir him god bless him and his parents .

hurri... hurricane37

for one thing, I dont think that dentist's name should be protected and somebody should have tested him to see if he had been drinking for breathing the nitrous oxide. Things like this do not happen by accident. How can anybody call this an accident? He was either high on something or he did this for absolute cruelty. And if he had done this before? Why on earth is he still in business? This is something that should be investigated. This dentist is putting his fingers in peoples' mouths. If he is this incompetent, who knows what other shortcomings he has in that office!

Cheryl Guarino

I agree being autistic has nothing to do with this, but being a mother of an autistic child myself, I know how more traumatic just walking into the dentist is, I could not even put a tooth brush in my sons mouth for a very long time because he was so sensitive in that area, I think it is only mentioned because, only parents of autistic kids would really understand. But yes, this dental place should not be in business, I would like to know the name of the dental place and the people involved to make sure my son never goes with them again. I feel for this kid, and the parents. Hope he gets his mouth taken care of and he finds a place that will really treat him and care for him good.

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