A smile is a key element of self-confidence and social interaction, so anything that adversely affects it can be devastating, especially if caused by a dental professional. If a lack of treatment, poor quality of treatment or mistreatment has resulted in pain or damage to your mouth and general health you may be able to make a dental negligence claim.
Your mouth is a complex structure of nerves and bone; it goes through a lot in day-to-day life. Eating, holding items in it or using it to tear tape or packaging exposes it to many stresses, strains and bacteria every day. Sometimes all this activity can result in damage; rotten teeth, gum disease or general cosmetic damage can all occur to even the healthiest mouth, resulting in a need for some form of dental intervention. This treatment is often delicate and there may be several alternative options available. If your dentist fails to explain them all, along with any associated risks or causes lasting damage to your mouth then you should call Accident Advice Helpline to see if you have a dental negligence claim.
What is dental negligence?
The mouth is complex and delicate and there a number of things that can easily go wrong when treatment is being carried out, which may result in dental negligence. Cosmetic procedures are a source of many dental negligence claims as each treatment has risks that your dentist should discuss with you in advance. A poorly placed bridge or implant, for example, can cause damage to surrounding teeth or have limitations based on pre-existing medical conditions. Root canal treatment can cause on-going pain if your dentist fails to remove the entire root or fill the canal correctly; it is even possible for tools to break and leave shards within your gums. Any of these can be classed as dental negligence, which we at Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you claim for.
If you have regular check-ups and your dentist fails to diagnose gum disease or does not treat it effectively, you may have grounds for claiming compensation, as gum disease is an easily diagnosable and treatable condition. Finally, the process of advice and consent to treatment may be grounds for a claim if your dentist leads you to believe there is only one treatment available for a particular condition, when there are actually a number of alternatives.
Making a claim
Due to the complex nature of the mouth and the high likelihood of damage being caused during treatment, dental negligence can be one of the most complex cases to deal with, requiring specialist knowledge. The signs of negligence can be easy to spot, undiagnosed gum disease, failure to explain all treatment options and poorly completed root canals can all be easily proven.
If you feel your dentist has been negligent you should call Accident Advice Helpline today, as we may be able to help you instigate a claim for damage caused. We will put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who will evaluate your claim and take the necessary steps to obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
Date Published: October 16, 2013
Author: David Brown