For many of us, visiting a dentist is an unpleasant but necessary part of looking after our health. Fortunately, the majority of dental treatment is carried out properly and professionally.
Occasionally however, negligence in dental treatment does occur, with painful, lasting and at times, expensive consequences.
Dentists have an obligation to inform patients of all the treatment options available to them and the pros and cons, including any risks of the various options.
You may feel that your dentist did not explain things fully, resulting in you undergoing the wrong type of treatment, with adverse results.
Cosmetic dentistry might be described as any dental procedure that improves the overall appearance of your smile. Treatment involving crowns, bridges, veneers and implants have become increasingly common and popular. Teeth whitening is available widely.
Any such treatment should only be carried out by dentists with the appropriate levels of skill and experience. Like all treatment, the risks and benefits of the procedure should be fully explained before any work is carried out.
Problems associated with cosmetic dental procures can include damage to other teeth or nerves in a patient’s mouth.
This procedure, one of the more serious that any of us might have to undergo with a dentist, is delicate and, with the best will and dental skill, can go wrong. On occasions, the wrong tooth is removed.
Problems that can result from tooth extraction include damage to gums and nerves.
The health of a patients gums are as important as that of a patient's teeth. It is thought that most of the adult population has gum disease to some degree.
Gum disease has been linked to premature birth, heart disease, blood clotting and strokes.
It goes without saying that the key is to have it diagnosed by a dentist as early as possible. Good oral hygiene and being a non smoker are essential.
A patient who attends his dentist regularly and is not advised of gum disease before damage is caused may have grounds for complaint
This unpleasant, but sometimes necessary, treatment is not one any of us looks forward to.
Root canal treatment is used to save teeth which would otherwise need to be removed. Root canal therapy requires the root of the tooth to be removed and the space (the root canal) to be filled to prevent infection.
Problems associated with root canal can be pieces of teeth breaking off, failure to properly remove the entire root or fill in the canal adequately. Failure to carry out the procedure may lead to infection and further problems.
If you suspect you have suffered injury or on-going problems as a result of dental negligence, please complete the Clinical Negligence form in the first instance.
Please give as much detail as you can as this will assist in our ability to fully understand your circumstances and offer legal advice.
This advice is, of course, free of charge