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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming compensation for negligent root canal treatment


    Visiting your dentist should be a regular occurrence to prevent the need for any extensive treatment. However, if you do feel pain you may have to undergo a procedure such as a root canal treatment. This is a procedure performed to treat an infection which has reached the centre of the tooth and is only carried out when the soft tissue in the tooth is damaged by the infection. An infection may occur when you have injured the tooth, you have a filling which has leaked or if you have tooth decay. The bacteria which have infected the root canal must be removed in order to save the tooth which is when a root canal treatment is recommended. Bacteria are removed and the root canal is filled. Thereafter, the tooth may be sealed with a filling or a crown. The whole procedure is performed under local anaesthetic. Although there are some risks associated with a root canal treatment, these risks are lowered if performed carefully by a professional qualified to do so.

    How could I experience negligent root canal treatment?

    The treatment should go smoothly if performed by a dental practitioner and performed under local anaesthetic to prevent any pain. Negligence is rare but could come in many forms. If the anaesthetic is not administered correctly, you may feel pain during the procedure. If the procedure is not performed carefully, the root may be perforated or you may suffer nerve damage. A dentist who is not performing the procedure with care could fill the wrong root or an instrument may snap and be left within the root canal. If you have discovered that negligence may have occurred during your root canal treatment and you have suffered repeat visits to the dentist and constant pain, then you may be able to make a claim for medical negligence.

    Calling Accident Advice Helpline

    Should you need a representative when making a compensation claim, just pick up the phone and dial our free 24-hour helpline. One of our experts will be able to advise you on how to proceed should you wish to make a medical negligence claim. Where there is evidence of negligence and where you have been injured or suffered due to a poorly performed root canal treatment, Accident Advice Helpline can help you win a possible cash payout. Alternatively, you can try out our 30-second online test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Any compensation can help you with any dental bills you may have incurred due to your botched procedure.

    Date Published: July 22, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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