What are the most common types of dental negligence

What Are The Most Common Types Of Dental Negligence?

Dental care is an integral part of maintaining overall health, and patients trust dental professionals to provide them with quality care. However, like any other medical field, dental practices are not immune to instances of negligence.

Dental negligence is a serious concern that can lead to various consequences for patients.

Let’s go into some of the most common types of dental negligence.

  • Periodontal Disease (gum disease): If your dentist fails to diagnose and treat gum disease can lead to loss of teeth and many other sever health risk.
  • Root Canal Treatment: If the procedure was not performed to an acceptable standard, particularly if sodium hypochlorite (the bleach the dentist uses) escapes during the process.
  • Tooth Extraction: Common poor outcome of tooth extraction includes – wrong tooth extraction, broken jaw.
  • Tooth Implant Negligence: If you have had a failed implant procedure, it could have been caused by negligence if you have experienced any of the following issues:
    • Implant without treating periodontal (gum) disease.
    • Not enough bone to have an implant to secure the implant.
    • Wrong angle – A dental implant needs to be placed straight into the jaw to ensure it’s in the correct position. If it is placed at an angle in any direction, it will lead to future implant problems and likely, a dental implant failure.
    • Tooth implant too close to other tooth, meaning it required removal and replacement with a new implant.
  • Crowns, veneers, or bridge fitted negligently: Where a patient has crowns and/or bridges placed, there are a number of ways in which negligent crown and bridgework may be provided.
    The key purpose of this type of restorative dentistry is to maintain or improve the teeth’s function. If your function has been affected following the provision of crowns and/or bridges, then you may also have a claim.
  • Negligence Orthodontics, including:
    • o A failure to provide the appropriate type of treatment.
    • A failure to appropriately manage the treatment once underway.
    • A failure to commence treatment in a timely manner.
  • Negligent Composite Bonding, including:
    • Providing treatment when unnecessary or when unsuitable.
    • A failure to carry out treatment to the appropriate standard, including poor fit or poor aesthetics.
    • Substandard treatment resulting in premature replacement.

If you’ve suffered from preventable pain or injury after substandard dentistry, you have the right to claim against the dentist/dental hygienist who treated you.

Our Dental Negligence team has decades of combined experience in successfully advising and representing clients in dental negligence cases.

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