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If you believe that your pain or injuries you have suffered is a direct result of negligence during any dental treatment, then we advise you to speak to speak to us today.

Any case where a dentist has performed poorly, negligently or inappropriately which results in avoidable harm being caused to a patient can lead to a dental negligence compensation claim.

What is dental negligence?

Dental malpractice, or dental negligence, can be defined as avoidable injury caused by a dentist who fails to take the proper care.

Types of Dental Claim

Any case where a dentist has performed poorly, negligently or inappropriately which results in avoidable harm being caused to a patient can lead to a dental negligence compensation claim.

Injury

Dental malpractice, or dental negligence, may involve harm to the patient, whether through poorly performed procedures, incompetence, or failure to diagnose. This may involve severing a nerve, pulling the wrong tooth or failing to diagnose decay resulting in further problems.

Serious injury

Serious harm to a patient can be a feature of dental malpractice with some patients experiencing life changing injuries. A dentist may cause a serious infection due to unsafe practices, fail to diagnose a case of oral cancer, or improperly use dental tools resulting in permanent injury. These examples could all qualify as dental malpractice.

Informed consent

Your dentist is responsible for informing you of any of the risks involved with your treatment or proposed treatments as well as any side effects and risks to your health. If you are treated and not made fully aware of these risks beforehand and something goes wrong, you could have grounds for a compensation claim.

Dental Negligence Claims can result from the following:

Cosmetic Dentistry – poorly fitting crowns that cause gum disease and other issues, badly fitted veneers that fall off or cause discomfort, ill fitting bridges that create food traps or aare placed on teeth that are not suitable, unnecessary orthodontics causing unnecessary damage to teeth and financial loss

Tooth Extraction – dentists carrying out extractions when they do not have the skills or expertise can fracture teeth, nerves can become damaged or even the wrong teeth can be taken out. Before your dentist carries out this, or any other, treatment, you should be made fully aware of the dangers and risks involved. You should also be confident in the level of skill your dentist holds, as well as knowing the method they will be taking in order to repair the problem.

Gum Disease – causing bleeding and bad breath when there is a build up of plaque. If your dentist fails to spot the signs it can lead to severe injury. the loss of teeth and irreversible gum damage.

Restorative Dentistry – claims where tooth decay has not been diagnosed or treated, resulting in the need for a restorative treatment. Ill fitting crowns, unnecessary extraction, failure to treat decay, decay left in the tooth, poor treatment planning

Dental Implants – used to support crowns or a bridge and should be carried out by a dentist who has extra qualifications and experience in this type of treatment. There are many complications associated with implants including failure to assess a patient’s medical history properly, a poorly designed or poorly fitting crown, bridge or denture, penetration of the sinus cavity, dentists causing nerve damage, failure to diagnose gum disease before fitting an implant, incorrect implant positioning which causes failure, dental implants being imbeded in the jaw at the wrong angle, poor implant maintenance which causes them to fail prematurely, dentists causing damage to the surrounding teeth.

Root Canal Treatments – where an instrument has fractured and been left inside the root canal, the dentist has failed to remove the nerve completely, failed to clean, shape or fill the canals appropriately which resulted in infection or did not gain informed consent.

Wisdom Teeth – complications can lead to claims from infections, damage to adjacent molar teeth and nerve damage resulting in debilitating temporary or permanent numbness in the tongue, teeth, gums, lower lip and chin.

Tooth Decay – If it reaches a severe stage where you need restorative dentistry treatments in the form of a root canal procedure or tooth extractions, complications may occur which could result in a claim against your dentist.

Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer – as oral cancer is a serious disease and if left untreated can result in death or severe damage, it’s vital that your dentist be aware of these symptoms and advise you of your best course of action when they do find them.

Consent to Dental Treatment – depending on the situation, you may be entitled to make a claim if your dentist didn’t obtain your consent for the dental procedure. You’re able to make a claim if you have been given the wrong advice by your dentist, potentially ending up in injury. Additionally, if you haven’t been given the full options of what treatment is available, this could have grounds for dental negligence.

Even though your dentist often carries out most of your dental work, injuries or accidents can happen when being treated by orthodontists, hygienists, dental nurses and dental therapists, or anyone else who gives you dental treatment or advice.

If you feel your dentist has failed to provide you with a high level of service and you are injured as a result, you deserve compensation for your injuries.

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