A dentist found guilty of professional misconduct was suspended by the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) after completing a disciplinary inquiry.

A practitioner at My Dentist’s Clinique in Bedok, Dr. Chua Teck Hum performed an extraction procedure on a patient’s tooth, took out a foreign body from the extraction site and then did a bone grafting operation. After seven weeks, he carried out an implant at the same site, Straits Times reported.

But the implant did not properly fit in with the bone as shown by X-ray examinations done three and six months after the operation. The procedure failed because Dr. Chua did not wait long enough for the bone graft to heal before performing the implant, concluded the SDC’s disciplinary committee.

The normal practice for the method used by Dr. Chua is to wait for four months before carrying out the implant, the SDC said in a press statement. The patient’s implant was eventually removed after seeing a different dentist for a second opinion.

The SDC suspended Dr. Chua for three months beginning Apr. 1. In addition, the dentist was fined $10,000, censured, instructed to write a letter saying that he would not commit the same mistake again in the future and ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings against him. MIMS