Dental work is important and must be carried out properly. Dental procedures can be extremely complex and if not correctly executed, the impact on the patient’s health and wellbeing can be significant. Dentistry is a highly regulated profession and generally, procedures are carried out to a satisfactory extent.
However, should you receive appalling service from your dentist that is bound to leave you with timely, painful and expensive complications, you may be able to seek compensation with the help from our team of experienced personal injury solicitors.
Claim Compensation for Dental Negligence
If you have received substandard dental work, you must inform your dentist. If the treatment was under the NHS you can make a complaint following their official procedure, whereas if it was an independent dental practice, they would have their own complaints policy.
If you have been a victim of dental negligence, you may be entitled to receive compensation depending on the extent of the following;
- Pain and suffering (physical and psychological trauma).
- Financial losses due to correctional treatment.
- Financial losses due to loss of income.
Types of Dental Malpractice Claims
The most common dentistry malpractice claims are;
- Failure to spot and diagnose mouth and neck cancer.
- Failure to spot and treat gum disease.
- Misdiagnosis of symptoms leading to unnecessary treatment (e.g. unnecessary removal of teeth).
- Careless work (e.g. cutting a patient’s lip, badly carried out fillings).
- Tooth or root fractures from poor root canal treatment.
- Incorrect fitting of crowns and veneers resulting in nerve damage.
When making any claim, you have to have a strong body of evidence. When claiming for dental malpractice you must be able to prove that your injury was caused by negligence and that your dentist is conspicuously responsible.
Nerve Damage, Bad Fillings & Root Canals
Nerve damage can occur following a variety of dental procedures, such as anaesthesia injections, crowns and wisdom tooth extraction. It can cause a burning and tingling sensation in the mouth, jaw and cheeks for a prolonged period of time, as well as headaches and difficulty eating. Negligent dental work can also result in lingual nerve injury.
Damage to the lingual nerve does not commonly occur, therefore suggesting an injury such as this is immediate evidence of dental negligence as your dentist should’ve gone to all lengths necessary to protect the lingual nerve.
Fillings are a common but fairly intrusive process, designed to replicate a tooth when decay has worn it down. Signs of an inadequate filling include severe pain when biting down, or being able to feel the filling due to it having a rough surface. In some cases, the dentist may have failed to thoroughly clean the cavity and decay may remain below the filling, which can lead to infections.
Root canal treatment is performed when a tooth is showing signs of infection at the root (such as a loose tooth, extreme sensitivity or swollen gums). A dentist may choose to either extract the tooth or remove the bacteria from the root. This treatment is carried out to relieve pain, so the last result you would expect from it would be more pain.
Root canal treatment can go wrong in a variety of ways – such as failing to remove all the trapped bacteria or leaving a gap in the seal of the canal at the root tip.
If pain and feelings of intense pressure arise following the procedure, you should request an oral x-ray in order to obtain more insight into the possible damage, and to help determine whether or not you have been a victim of dental negligence.
Claiming for Orthodontic Malpractice & Negligence
Orthodontic treatment is slightly more cosmetic than regular dental work, as orthodontists tend to work with issues such as fixing crooked teeth, overcrowded mouths and correcting overbites and underbites. Braces are one of the most popular techniques used by orthodontists; the gentle but consistent pressure on the uneven teeth eventually encourages them to move into a permanent straighter arrangement over a period of time.
Issues caused by negligent orthodontics can be extremely difficult to live with as most of their procedures involve significant alterations to your appearance.
Examples of orthodontic negligence:
- Poor fitting of braces and improper monitoring of braces. This can lead to periodontal disease, jaw problems and even teeth having to be extracted.
- Incorrect interpretation of x-rays (leading to a critical misdiagnosis).
- Wrongful tooth extraction.
Contact Our Solicitors to Discuss Dental Negligence Claims
Dental procedures can be very expensive, and you should not be expected to pay for even more costly work to correct the initial botched treatment. The end results of dental malpractice can be devastating and negatively impact many aspects of your life.
Our team of specialised personal injury solicitors will be able to see that your dental compensation claim is handled expertly and efficiently. Do not hesitate to get in touch with Carter Law today to confidentially discuss your case and find out what you may be entitled too.