New York Partner Brian Heermance recently obtained a defense verdict in a dental malpractice case tried in NY Supreme Court, Riverhead, NY.  The plaintiff alleged that our client, an Endodontist, failed to obtain informed consent and negligently performed root canal treatment on an inferior molar (tooth 31).  Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that excess fill material (gutta percha/AH Plus sealer) was extruded beyond the root apices and that this resulted in an injury to her inferior alveolar nerve.  This manifested itself with numbness and tingling (paresthesia) in her lip, chin and cheek, which was diagnosed as a permanent condition.