Dentist named in suit a second time

Steve Gonzalez Apr. 5, 2005, 4:45am

Dental office at 1801 North Belt West in Belleville

Belleville Dentist David Wheeler, D.D.S. was a target, again, of Mary Jeanne Drumm as she took another stab at civil action in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

On March 25, 2004, 20th Circuit Judge Robert LeChien ordered a complaint Drumm made against Wheeler for negligent bridge work, be dismissed without prejudice.

Drumm filed a new suit against Wheeler on March 23.

Dr. Wheeler practices at 1801 North Belt West in Belleville.

Drumm claims she received treatment from Wheeler on Aug. 5, 1999, and continued to receive treatment for many months after for dental and aftercare services.

Drumm claims that on Sept. 6, 2001, she experienced severe pain in her teeth, mouth and jaw and sought additional treatment from Richard Boatman, D.M.D., who informed her the treatment done by Dr. Wheeler violated the standard of dental care of the Greater St. Louis and Belleville areas.

Drumm claims Wheeler failed to inform her that she did not need the dental treatment which he outlined in his dental treatment plan for her, and that he failed to inform her she would need additional dental work.

According to the complaint, Wheeler negligently installed a defective bridge on Drumm’s tooth number 6, which resulted in gross decay. She claims that let to a root canal and ultimately the installation of a new replacement bridge.

Drumm states that Wheeler installed defective crowns on teeth 7, 8, 28, and 29 requiring the removal and replacement of each crown plus claims he failed to examine or treat 11 other teeth for dental problems.

Drumm claims as a result, she suffered severe and permanent injuries to numerous parts of her body and nervous system, and now suffers from a chronic sinus syndrome and infection plus great mental and physical pain and suffering. She also claims to have suffered limitations and disabilities.

Drumm is seeking at least $100,000 in damages. She is represented by Ronald Duebbert of Belleville.

05 L 203 (20th Circuit)

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