Dr. Kirk E. Scott and Stonebriar Facial and Oral Surgery in Frisco are being sued for negligence.

According to Texas resident Indeera Musa, the dental specialist failed to remove part of a surgical instrument from her jaw. His office later downplayed the mistake when it was discovered in X-rays five months later.

Records filed with Dallas County Courts say that Dr. Scott performed oral surgery on Musa when two of her dental implants needed removal and replacement. Within days of her surgery, she experienced problems and reported to Stonebriar Facial and Oral Surgery that she had unbearable pain and swelling, the suit states.

According to Musa’s complaint, Dr. Scott and his staff dismissed her concerns and instructed her to continue taking prescription and over-the-counter medication. Musa felt such intense pain that she returned to the dental office two more times within two weeks of her surgery.

Attorney Russell Button says these extra visits were outside her scheduled follow-up appointments. According to Musa, Dr. Scott and his staff reassured her that everything was fine and then scheduled a third follow-up appointment on June 8, 2020.

According to the lawsuit, she took X-rays at the follow-up appointment, about five months after her surgery. The follow-up appointment allegedly revealed that a metal trephine drill bur(or drill bit) was inside her jaw and was most likely the source of her pain.

The lawsuit alleges that a CT scan taken several days later confirmed the broken trephine drill bit in Musa’s jaw, with an image to prove it.

In addition, Musa claims that Dr. Scott and Stonebriar Facial and Oral Surgery downplayed their error, treating it as an everyday occurrence.

According to Musa, Dr. Scott likened the error to leaving metal bullet fragments in a patient’s body, telling her that “leaving pieces of metal drill bits in a patient’s jaw is of no alarm.”

The doctors filed a response to the lawsuit with the Dallas County Courts, in which they deny Musa’s claims. Demanding strict proof, the doctors stated that they “generally deny the material allegations contained in Plaintiff’s Original Petition, say the same are not true in whole or in part.”

The case is still open in Dallas County. The following steps are unknown as the county court website has not provided further information on the issue.