Dental misdiagnosis claims
A delayed or improper diagnosis can cause serious damage, particularly if a severe condition like oral cancer isn’t recognised in time. A dentist should investigate any symptoms a patient is experiencing in order to successfully diagnose an issue like a nerve injury that will only grow more painful and damaging over time.
Failure to diagnose a dental condition claims
A failure to diagnose can also mean major damage over an extended period of time. Conditions like oral cancer or gum disease can become more dangerous the longer they go untreated. Another issue that dentists sometimes fail to identify is a dental abscess, or a pocket of puss, that can grow into a serious bacterial infection over time. An abscess can, in some instances, become life threatening, so a failure to diagnose is very dangerous.
Cosmetic dentistry error claims
Cosmetic dentistry covers procedures like veneers, crowns, bridges, orthodontics and teeth whitening. There is a broad scope for error. Something like a poorly fitted crown can cause lots of pain. Poorly fitted veneers can also cause huge discomfort, as well as mental distress if they don’t look how a patient had expected.
Mismanaged tooth extraction claims
A poorly performed extraction can lead to immense pain. The procedure can already cause a lot of discomfort in the hours and days that follow it, but if a dental practitioner performs the operation poorly, that damage can be exacerbated. As there is an inherent pain threshold that comes with a tooth extraction, proving a dentist’s malpractice led to unnecessary discomfort can be tricky.
Inadequate root canal treatment (RCT) claims
RCTs are famed for being painful, although a successful treatment should not cause immense discomfort. Sometimes, a dentist may miss the infected area of the tooth and not address the issue properly. If the tooth is sealed with bacteria left behind, it will continue to develop and cause problems. RCTs remove blood vessels and cut off the blood supply, meaning a patient’s immune system cannot defend itself against any bacteria that is missed. If the pain of an RCT does not subside after several days, the procedure may have been poorly carried out.
Errors made in restorative dentistry claims
Restorative dentistry concerns damaged teeth. Plenty of restorative procedures become necessary because of tooth decay, which, as mentioned, can sometimes go undiagnosed. In those instances, a dental negligence case may be two-pronged. Restorative dental procedures include fillings, crowns and bridges. Issues can arise if decay is missed, teeth are not properly filled before a procedure or occasionally the wrong tooth receives a filling.