A Collinsville woman claims a Troy dentist ruptured her sinus cavity when he attempted to implant a post in her mouth in place of an extracted tooth.

Joyce M. Hunter is seeking more than $50,000 after she says dentist Richard R. Boatman Jr. of Troy Family Dental placed a post in her sinus cavity.

In the lawsuit she filed Sept. 25 in Madison County Circuit Court, Hunter claims she went to Boatman on Sept. 26, 2007, for pain in her upper left molar caused from a previous root canal that had been performed by a different dentist.

"Defendant treated Plaintiff by performing a tooth extraction and attempting to perform a post implant where the extracted tooth was previously located," the suit states.

However, in implanting the post, Boatman struck a sinus cavity, causing Hunter to sustain severe and permanent injuries, to suffer extreme pain and to suffer bone loss, according to the complaint. In addition, Hunter incurred substantial medical costs to correct the condition, the complaint says.

Hunter blames Boatman for negligently placing an implant post into her sinus cavity, for improperly performing a tooth extraction resulting in a punctured sinus, for improperly performing procedures for which he was not qualified and for failing to provide Hunter with proper care.

Hunter is seeking a judgment in excess of $50,000, plus costs and other relief the Court deems just.

John T. Papa of Callis, Papa, Hale, Szewczyk and Danzinger in Granite City will be representing her.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1035.

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