A clarinetist claims she might actually lose face after an allegedly botched process by a Manhattan dentist.
Boja Kragulj, who has carried out in orchestras in Philadelphia and New York, claims in a $10 million lawsuit that her face might “prematurely age” due to “irreversible” bone loss from the work of Martha Cortes.
Dealing with the prospect of double jaw surgical procedure after lifelong dental and respiration issues, Kragulj turned to Cortes in 2013 for another. The dentist, who has an workplace on Central Park South, handled Kragulj unsuccessfully for years earlier than putting a tool referred to as an Anterior Development Guided Equipment, or AGGA, and managed arch braces, within the musician’s mouth.
The AGGA was speculated to be an alternative to jaw surgical procedure by stimulating new bone progress, serving to to maneuver Kragulj’s tooth and jaw ahead and enhance her airway. As a substitute, Kragulj claims in courtroom papers, the system left her in worse form than earlier than.
AGGA is “unproven [and] not supported by medical data or science,” in line with the lawsuit.
Now Kragulj might lose 4 to 6 entrance tooth, and, over time “vertical dimension” — the area between her nostril and chin — resulting in the early growing older of her face, she alleges.
Cortes ought to have identified the AGGA wouldn’t work as marketed and failed to instantly restore it when a part of it broke, in line with Kragulj’s Manhattan Supreme Court docket lawsuit.
It’s unclear how the dental catastrophe impacted the musical profession of Kragulj, who’s suing Cortes together with others.
Cortes didn’t reply to a message.