2-year-old hospitalized after routine dental cleaning, parents sue

A 2-year-old child was hospitalized after what was expected to be a routine dental cleaning at Children’s Dentistry of Huntsville (Ala.), according to local NBC affiliate WAFF.

During the child's first dental cleaning, his parents were told he had decay on his front teeth that required four silver crowns to be put in, according to WAFF.

"The nurse kept saying, 'I don’t understand; we don’t normally do procedures on children this small. It is not our specialty.'" Donavyn Larry, the child's father, told WAFF. "I kept thinking, 'why are you doing it then?'"

Monica Roberson, the child's mother, told WAFF her son's mouth had "completely swollen up" and was so bruised that she had to take him to the emergency department as soon as they left the dental practice.

The parents are suing Children’s Dentistry of Huntsville and seek to prove that no reasonable dentist would have performed the operation their son received, their attorney told WAFF.

Children's Dentistry of Huntsville declined to comment to WAFF citing the ongoing litigation.

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