Restorative Dentistry

A lot of restorative dental claims can be attributed to a dentist not diagnosing or treating tooth decay in the first place, or providing the incorrect treatment to fix the problem. If you have suffered from this kind of dental negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim.

Some common claims that the Dental Law Partnership has dealt with include:

  • Ill-fitting crowns, or incorrect crown treatment
  • Unnecessary extraction
  • Failure to treat decay
  • Badly executed fillings with decay left in the tooth
  • Poor treatment planning.

Types of Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dental treatments aim to restore your teeth, should they be decayed or damaged. Some examples of restorative dentistry include:

Fillings

You may require a filling when an area of your tooth is partially damaged due to decay. After the diagnosis of tooth decay, the decay must be removed before it spreads further. Restoring the tooth will involve filling the cavity with a protective substance.

Fillings are common procedures which help prevent further tooth decay and a variety of materials can be used to fill the cavities created. Gold, porcelain, amalgam (silver-coloured), or composite (plastic) resins are the main substances that can be chosen if you require this treatment.

Why would you need a Filling?

Decay is usually caused by a build-up of plaque acids that dissolve away the enamel in your teeth, meaning this gradual process worsens the longer it goes unnoticed. Depending on the severity of the decay, a filling, root canal treatment or extraction will be needed to repair the damage.

Different types of Fillings

The type of filling you receive is dependent on a number of different factors and some will be more suited to you than others. For example, if you’re allergic to a certain material then this will have to be avoided, or you may require a low-cost option rather than expensive choices such as porcelain. The location of the decayed tooth will also determine what material is right, with natural coloured materials being used for visible fillings.

Information about each type of filling includes:
  • Gold – this type of filling can last up to 20 years but is normally the most expensive option.
  • Porcelain – this material can be matched to the colour of the tooth and is also less likely to stain over a period of time. This is also a costly option that is within the same price range as gold.
  • Amalgam (silver-coloured metal) – as the colour is noticeable, this filling is not used in areas where they can be seen. They are long lasting, and relatively low cost.
  • Composite or plastic resins – this type of filling does not last as long as other types of filling and may become stained over time. However, they can be matched to the colour of your teeth creating a natural appearance.

What can I claim for if my Filling goes wrong?

Although having a filling placed is a common dental procedure, complications can still occur. A lot of restorative dental claims can be attributed to a dentist not diagnosing or treating tooth decay in the first place, or providing the incorrect treatment to fix the problem. If you have suffered from this kind of dental negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim.

Some common claims that the Dental Law Partnership has dealt with include:
  • Filling the wrong tooth
  • Failure to clean the cavity sufficiently
  • Unnecessary extraction
  • Failure to treat decay
  • Badly executed fillings with decay left in the tooth.

Contact the Dental Law Partnership

If you have been the victim of negligent restorative dentistry and have suffered pain, financial loss and embarrassment as a result, you could be eligible to make a claim.

Call our specialist team of solicitors today on Freephone 0800 0853 823 and get things started. Our initial advice is free with no obligation to proceed.

To view our successful case studies, follow the link.

If you choose to go ahead, our dental negligence solicitors will fight to ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve to reimburse you for your expenses as well as making up for the pain and inconvenience you have suffered.

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