Overview

Dentists are considered doctors and part of the medical world too, which is why any negligence on their part is considered medical malpractice as well. The idea of going to the dentist is already scary as it is, and adding the fear of more pain as well as infections brought about by negligence makes it even scarier.

As with any medical field, there is a standard of medical care that needs to be followed when someone in the dental industry treats a patient. For a dentist, it is expected that they treat their patients with the same level of professionalism and care as that of others like them in the same profession.

If it is established that the dentist in question did not provide the level of care expected of someone in his position, it may be deemed that he is indeed at fault for the pain and suffering that the patient is going through.

Reasons Deemed Eligible for Dental Malpractice

When you go to your dentist, you fully expect them to take care of the dental issues that you are facing. You don’t expect your condition to worsen with your visit to the dentist, or even worse, have another problem on top of the existing one that you were trying to get rid of.

Dental malpractice happens when your dental practitioner, whether they are a dentist, dental hygienists, or other dental professionals, practices dentistry in a negligent manner.  Reasons you can cite for calling out dental malpractice include the following:

  • Using faulty or damaged equipment
  • Using poor dentistry methods
  • Causing infections after dental work
  • Causing nerve damage
  • Unnecessary loss of teeth
  • Dental pain and lacerations
  • Negligent dental work
  • Failure to properly diagnose
  • Failure to treat oral conditions
  • Delayed dental diagnosis that leads to more health issues
  • Delayed treatment of oral conditions that leads to more health issues
  • Intentional or malicious misconduct
  • Failing to obtain patient’s informed consent before treatment begins

Injuries That Can Result from Dental Neglect and Malpractice

Negligent acts by your dental professional can lead to a number of dental and non-dental health concerns that can range from minor to even potentially deadly. Here are some of the possible health problems you can face when this happens:

Complications with Anesthesia Use – This can include local as well as systemic effects. Some examples of local injury due to anesthesia use include needle breakage, burning sensation upon injection, hematoma, infection, and soft tissue injury. Systemic issues include allergic reactions, toxicity because of overdose, syncope, and in worse case scenarios, respiratory arrest and cardiac arrest.

Oral Nerve Injuries – Oral nerve injuries can also stem from careless dental treatments. These can result from dental surgery, tooth extractions, tooth replacement, and even when anesthesia is injected.

Infections – This is one of the more serious effects of dental negligence, with some patients dying from the infection and a few suffering brain abscesses. Still, others end up needing to be hospitalized because of such an outcome after a visit to their dentist.   

Bridge and Crown Complications – The complications that come with having bridgework or crowns done by your dentist can include poor occlusion, open margins, and overhanging restorations. The problems that stem from shoddy crown or bridgework often results in unsatisfied patients who were aiming to improve their teeth but ended up with less-than-satisfactory results.

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Dental Malpractice

Some of these dental injuries may cause you to lose wages due to the need to be away from work to get treatment or to recuperate. Medical bills can also mount when you need to undergo treatments and need medication for problems that were not there before your visit to your dentist. If you suspect that your dental professional gave you sub-standard treatment that is now causing you medical and dental problems, you might be eligible for compensation.

Dental malpractice can bring about problems that you never had before you went to your dentist. Infections that can hospitalize you, crooked teeth that should have been fixed with the treatment you paid for, and even recurring pain that causes you to lose days of work, are all part of what you can experience when a dentist is remiss in their professional duties to you.  To find out for sure if you have a legitimate claim for dental malpractice, answer our questionnaire.

Filling out our questionnaire will give you the insight you need to pursue your claim against a dental professional that has caused you pain, anguish, and financial difficulties due to their negligence. It does not matter if they are a dental hygienist, a general dentist, a periodontist, or an oral surgeon. If their handling of your oral health and a visit to their clinic resulted in injuries that caused you problems, they are liable for it.

Find out immediately if you qualify for compensation before your statute of limitations (SOL) for your particular case runs out. All claims come with a SOL, which can expire anytime soon. Fill out the questionnaire and get the help you need before it is too late.

Overview

Dentists are considered doctors and part of the medical world too, which is why any negligence on their part is considered medical malpractice as well. The idea of going to the dentist is already scary as it is, and adding the fear of more pain as well as infections brought about by negligence makes it even scarier.

As with any medical field, there is a standard of medical care that needs to be followed when someone in the dental industry treats a patient. For a dentist, it is expected that they treat their patients with the same level of professionalism and care as that of others like them in the same profession.

If it is established that the dentist in question did not provide the level of care expected of someone in his position, it may be deemed that he is indeed at fault for the pain and suffering that the patient is going through.

Reasons Deemed Eligible for Dental Malpractice

When you go to your dentist, you fully expect them to take care of the dental issues that you are facing. You don’t expect your condition to worsen with your visit to the dentist, or even worse, have another problem on top of the existing one that you were trying to get rid of.

Dental malpractice happens when your dental practitioner, whether they are a dentist, dental hygienists, or other dental professionals, practices dentistry in a negligent manner.  Reasons you can cite for calling out dental malpractice include the following:

  • Using faulty or damaged equipment
  • Using poor dentistry methods
  • Causing infections after dental work
  • Causing nerve damage
  • Unnecessary loss of teeth
  • Dental pain and lacerations
  • Negligent dental work
  • Failure to properly diagnose
  • Failure to treat oral conditions
  • Delayed dental diagnosis that leads to more health issues
  • Delayed treatment of oral conditions that leads to more health issues
  • Intentional or malicious misconduct
  • Failing to obtain patient’s informed consent before treatment begins

Injuries That Can Result from Dental Neglect and Malpractice

Negligent acts by your dental professional can lead to a number of dental and non-dental health concerns that can range from minor to even potentially deadly. Here are some of the possible health problems you can face when this happens:

Complications with Anesthesia Use – This can include local as well as systemic effects. Some examples of local injury due to anesthesia use include needle breakage, burning sensation upon injection, hematoma, infection, and soft tissue injury. Systemic issues include allergic reactions, toxicity because of overdose, syncope, and in worse case scenarios, respiratory arrest and cardiac arrest.

Oral Nerve Injuries – Oral nerve injuries can also stem from careless dental treatments. These can result from dental surgery, tooth extractions, tooth replacement, and even when anesthesia is injected.

Infections – This is one of the more serious effects of dental negligence, with some patients dying from the infection and a few suffering brain abscesses. Still, others end up needing to be hospitalized because of such an outcome after a visit to their dentist.   

Bridge and Crown Complications – The complications that come with having bridgework or crowns done by your dentist can include poor occlusion, open margins, and overhanging restorations. The problems that stem from shoddy crown or bridgework often results in unsatisfied patients who were aiming to improve their teeth but ended up with less-than-satisfactory results.

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Dental Malpractice

Some of these dental injuries may cause you to lose wages due to the need to be away from work to get treatment or to recuperate. Medical bills can also mount when you need to undergo treatments and need medication for problems that were not there before your visit to your dentist. If you suspect that your dental professional gave you sub-standard treatment that is now causing you medical and dental problems, you might be eligible for compensation.

Dental malpractice can bring about problems that you never had before you went to your dentist. Infections that can hospitalize you, crooked teeth that should have been fixed with the treatment you paid for, and even recurring pain that causes you to lose days of work, are all part of what you can experience when a dentist is remiss in their professional duties to you.  To find out for sure if you have a legitimate claim for dental malpractice, answer our questionnaire.

Filling out our questionnaire will give you the insight you need to pursue your claim against a dental professional that has caused you pain, anguish, and financial difficulties due to their negligence. It does not matter if they are a dental hygienist, a general dentist, a periodontist, or an oral surgeon. If their handling of your oral health and a visit to their clinic resulted in injuries that caused you problems, they are liable for it.

Find out immediately if you qualify for compensation before your statute of limitations (SOL) for your particular case runs out. All claims come with a SOL, which can expire anytime soon. Fill out the questionnaire and get the help you need before it is too late.

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