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Woman suing dentist for irreversible bone loss caused by AGGA treatment  

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AlphaMinus
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https://nypost.com/2020/10/17/woman-files-10m-suit-against-dentist-after-alleged-botched-procedure/

A clarinetist claims she could literally lose face after an allegedly botched procedure by a Manhattan dentist.

Boja Kragulj, who has performed in orchestras in Philadelphia and New York, claims in a $10 million lawsuit that her face could “prematurely age” because of “irreversible” bone loss from the work of Martha Cortes.

Facing the prospect of double jaw surgery after lifelong dental and breathing problems, Kragulj turned to Cortes in 2013 for an alternative. The dentist, who has an office on Central Park South, treated Kragulj unsuccessfully for years before placing a device called an Anterior Growth Guided Appliance, or AGGA, and controlled arch braces, in the musician’s mouth.

The AGGA was supposed to be a substitute for jaw surgery by stimulating new bone growth, helping to move Kragulj’s teeth and jaw forward and improve her airway. Instead, Kragulj claims in court papers, the device left her in worse shape than before.

AGGA is “unproven [and] not supported by medical knowledge or science,” according to the lawsuit.

Now Kragulj could lose four to six front teeth, and, over time “vertical dimension” — the space between her nose and chin — leading to the early aging of her face, she alleges.

Cortes should have known the AGGA wouldn’t work as advertised and failed to immediately repair it when part of it broke, according to Kragulj’s Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

It’s unclear how the dental disaster impacted the musical career of Kragulj, who is suing Cortes along with others.

Cortes did not respond to a message.

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Posted : 18/10/2020 11:20 am
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toomer
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Reading the case filing now.  Galella is named as a defendant too, as he apparently advised Cortes (the initial treating dentist) that the plaintiff was a good match for AGGA.  And he also examined the plaintiff personally later on.  Apparently the plaintiff "had a doliocephalic skeletal pattern" which made her a higher risk - but they either didn't notice that, or ignored it and decided to treat anyway.

What's going to be interesting about this, is that it will likely pit Galella vs. the treating dentist.  Galella will likely claim that his device is safe (questionable, IMO).  If this forces him to produce a lot of post-treatment data for patients ... that will be a good thing.  If it actually is safe (again, questionable IMO) and this was just a bad treating dentist that botched up a patient - then he should be able to share lots of cases of patients who came out just fine.  So let's see if he's actually able to do so...

FYI, case 1:2020cv08390 in the US District Court for the Southern District of NY.

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Posted : 18/10/2020 10:18 pm
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cliffbars
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Good lord, I live on the East Coast and know of Doctor Cortes. Hope that woman has a speedy recovery if possible. You gotta be careful with these "holistic" densits man. 

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Posted : 20/10/2020 11:54 pm
auxiliary
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So the bone was forcefully stretched-out and failed to grow, thus becoming too thin? Interesting. Either way, AGGA has never provided good results, the results are always weird. IMO the whole palate should move forward, the posterior palate should move downward and the front palate should move slightly upwards, instead, we see results where only the front palate moves forward with a huge gap, the posterior palate actually should theoretically move more backwards since it's being pushed against to push the front palate forwards.

Her side maxilla probably got so stretched it became too thin to support weight, I remember Dr.John Mew saying that the lower maxilla is the most thin bone in the face because when archeological remains are found, that part is almost always broken.

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Posted : 26/10/2020 3:20 pm
toomer
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It was also interesting to note in the full lawsuit, that they basically level a claim that AGGA does not do what Galella says it does.  So it goes beyond just bad dentist/edge-case patient ... they are effectively alleging in their case that AGGA's claims are fraudulent.

And also worth noting, the lawsuit also makes mention of the fact that Dr. Cortes treated that patient with DNA first ... but I guess DNA didn't do enough ... so they went on to AGGA.  But Vivos/Dr. Singh were not named as defendants, and there is no equivalent claim leveled against DNA like there was against AGGA.

So this is going to be a very interesting one to watch.

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Posted : 29/10/2020 10:16 pm
skinny_man
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AGGA is use to treat kids, in adults they should have used FAGGA

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Posted : 30/10/2020 10:34 am
skinny_man
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AGGA is use to treat kids, in adults they should have used FAGGA

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Posted : 30/10/2020 10:34 am
toomer
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They did use FAGGA (according to the text of the lawsuit).  It’s just that FAGGA is the norm, RAGGA the exception, so in the industry it just gets called AGGA all the time.  

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Posted : 31/10/2020 8:47 am