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Woman says dentist pulled 22 teeth and made her sick

Ginger Peters says she visited her neighborhood dental office to get a cavity filled, and ended up having 22 teeth pulled. That was six year ago, and she says her life has been miserable ever since. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Ginger Peters says she visited her neighborhood dental office to get a cavity filled, and ended up having 22 teeth pulled. That was six year ago, and she says her life has been miserable ever since. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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A Valley woman says she visited her neighborhood dental office to get a cavity filled, and ended up having 22 teeth pulled. That was six years ago, and she says her life has been miserable ever since.

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"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that someone would tell me in my early 40s that I was going to need a full set of dentures," said Ginger Peters, who is now in her 50s and says she's suffered through numerous mouth infections and dentures that never fit properly, after repeated visits to the dental office over the past six years.

Peters showed CBS 5 Investigates volumes of medical documents, showing that she had seen multiple doctors and had been admitted to the hospital. She says that being unable to chew has caused digestive disorders and led to drastic weight loss and weakness.

One of the doctor notes states, "Ginger Peters has multiple medical problems, many of which are due to longstanding dental implants."

"If the implant is done right, from the surgical part to the crown part, there should be very minimal complications with implants," said Dr. Tamer El-Gendy, who is the director of the prosthodontic department at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. El-Gendy did not study Ginger Peters' case, but he says a not having functioning teeth can cause of host of medical problems.

"A patient who does not have healthy teeth, whether it's a denture or healthy teeth or implants, they will have a lot more digestive problems. They can have diabetes, because they are not eating healthy food," said El-Gendy.

Peters had her dental work done at Southwest Dental, which is now a part of Gentle Dental.

Gentle Dental's corporate office sent CBS 5 Investigates the following statement, which reads, in part:

"Thank you for bringing your concerns regarding a patient in one of our affiliated offices to our attention. We pride ourselves in providing a legendary patient experience. This patient's Protected Health Information is not something that we can share with you. We can share that this is in the process of a clinical review."

The letter indicated the company expects to come to a resolution with Peters in the near future.

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter at CBS 5 News. His career has taken him to every corner of the state, lots of corners in the United States, and some far-flung corners of the globe.

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Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. In October 2016, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

When he’s not out looking for the next big news story, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats and spending time with his family at their southern Arizona ranch.

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