When visiting your dentist, you may be recommended to undergo a surgical procedure to improve your oral health. This could be a tooth extraction, a root canal treatment or the addition of implants or veneers among many other types of dental surgery. In order to prevent the need for surgery, good oral hygiene is essential. Your dentist may recommend regular tooth cleaning procedures, particularly if you are a smoker. You should also brush your own teeth regularly and regular appointments can be made with your dentist to detect any problems before they progress. If you are recommended for a surgical procedure, local anaesthetic will be administered and you will be warned of any possible side-effects or potential risks of the procedure. You may be able to refuse the procedure but the benefits usually outweigh the risks. Oral nerve damage is a potential complication and can cause numbness, tingling or permanent loss of sensation in the mouth, jaw or lips.
How can oral nerve damage occur?
Oral nerve damage may affect the tongue, the lips, the jaw or the interior of the mouth. A surgeon should take x-rays of the teeth before the procedure to ensure they are aware of the positioning of the tooth. On occasion, the teeth that must be removed are very close to the nerves therefore surgery may not be recommended to avoid severing the nerve. If the dentist decides to proceed regardless or the procedure is performed without x-rays, you may have suffered negligence. If you have permanent nerve damage after a dental procedure and there is evidence someone was at fault, then you may be able to win a compensation payout.
How to start a dental negligence claim
Accident Advice Helpline is free to call 24/7 for those who wish to seek out no-obligation advice regarding oral nerve damage. Should there be someone at fault for any injuries sustained to the nerves during a dental procedure and there is evidence that negligence took place, you could win a cash sum to help you financially. This may cover any loss of wages or medical costs sustained because of your injury. Our no win, no fee* policy means that you will benefit from seeking our advice and we can take you step by step through the process of obtaining compensation at no additional cost to you.