Dental Negligence Claims
Let’s face it, none of us relishes a visit to the dentist. Fears of the drill, pain or of unaesthetic injections going wrong, however, are thankfully, in most cases, unfounded as our dental treatment is carried out by highly qualified and experienced dentists or trained and properly supervised technicians.
Sometimes though, things can go wrong and when they do, the consequences for the patient can be devastating. Dental negligence can be best explained as an avoidable injury which occurs when a dentist fails to take proper care or provides poor care and avoidable injury thereby results.
When this happens it may give rise to a claim for dental negligence compensation.
Dental negligence cases include the following situations;
- Root Canal Treatment or Therapy that has gone wrong
- Where the wrong tooth has been extracted
- A failure to properly treat or manage periodontal disease (gum disease or gingivitis)
- Inadequate fillings
- Inadequate crowns
- Implant work that goes wrong
- Nerve injury damage
- Problems during cosmetic or restorative dentistry treatment
Nerve Injury Compensation Claims
Nerve injuries can occur during oral surgery work such as tooth extraction, as a result of an anaesthetic injection, during the fitting of a crown or during tooth replacement.
Common symptoms of nerve injury include;
- Tingling of the affected area
- Excessive numbness
- Loss of feeling
Whilst often the above symptoms can be quite mild, there are occasions when the effects are extremely painful and long-lasting, even causing changes to a person’s physical appearance or otherwise causing problems in their everyday lives.
Cosmetic Dentistry Compensation Claims
Significant numbers of people are undergoing treatment for cosmetic dental surgery, to improve their smile and general appearance, such as;
- teeth bleaching,
- porcelain veneers,
- orthodontic treatment and teeth straightening,
- dermal fillers,
- periodontal treatment,
- crown and bridge work.
If such procedures go wrong they can cause injury and/or considerable financial cost to rectify. More and more people are seeking such treatment abroad. If negligence happens during the course of treatment abroad and the patient suffers injury and financial loss, it can be difficult to pursue a claim against a dentist in a foreign country, due to the different legal jurisdiction that will be involved if the treatment took place outside England & Wales. Fortunately, at Mayiclaim we are able to call upon the services of solicitors who are not only experts in dental negligence claims but are also expert accident and injury abroad solicitors.
Dental Implant Compensation Claims
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.They are often an option for those who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease (gum disease), an injury, or for some other reason.
Considerable time spent planning will be undertaken by the dentist before deciding whether the patient is suitable to have implants fitted and if so how this should best be done. Since such careful planning is required and because the procedure is complex, the potential for things going wrong is always present, particularly if the pre-surgical investigations are not carried out to the highest professional standard. Fortunately due to the high levels of skill demonstrated by dental practitioners, the vast majority of procedures are successful but nevertheless, problems do occur. Some of the more frequent problems caused by negligent dental implant treatment are;
- Nerve Damage
- Sinus cavity being pierced
- Damage to mouth and/or surrounding teeth
- Poorly positioned implants
- Excessive post operation pain and discomfort
If the level of service that you receive is sub-standard and as a consequence the treatment you receive causes you to suffer injury or substandard dental work, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation and/or the cost of rectification, if indeed the latter is possible.
Restorative Dentistry Claims
The aim of restorative dentistry is to try and improve or restore damaged teeth. Such treatment includes;
- Bridge work
- Implants (see above)
As with implant work, much investigation should be carried our pre-treatment by the dentist. In particular, consideration needs to be given to whether the particular patient is suitable for restorative dental treatment. Failure to identify the nature or extent of the problem giving rise to the need for restorative treatment is one of the more common reasons why this type of treatment is negligently undertaken.
If the restorative work goes wrong as a result of sub-standard treatment or planning, then a claim for negligent restorative dental treatment may be brought for damages for the pain and inconvenience suffered together with the cost of rectifying the treatment.
NO WIN NO FEE Dental Negligence Solicitors
If you have had a bad dental experience and have suffered dental negligence then contact Mayiclaim for a FREE no obligation discussion. We work with a number of highly experienced dental negligence claim solicitors who are expert in dealing with and recovering dental negligence compensation to cover damages for pain and suffering as well as the cost of rectifying the dental work that has led to a negligence claim being made in the first place.