Although the majority of tooth extractions are completed without any complications, there may be occasions where problems arise. During an extraction, the tooth can fracture, in which case the dentist should not go any further with surgery unless an x-ray has been carried out on the remaining roots. If the dentist carries on but does not have the skill or experience required to complete the procedure, this would become a case for dental negligence.
Nerves can also become damaged during a tooth extraction, which may be due to an unsatisfactory level of care and be evidence of dental negligence. If your dentist removes the wrong tooth, and unfortunately this does happen from time to time, you can then bring a claim for dental negligence compensation.
Before your dentist carries out this, or any other, treatment, you should be made fully aware of the dangers and risks involved. You should also be confident in the level of skill your dentist holds, as well as knowing the method they will be taking in order to repair the problem.
Information on Tooth Extraction
A list of frequently asked questions and answers on the subject of Tooth Extraction:
What is Tooth Extraction?
When an entire permanent tooth is removed from its socket in the jawbone this is known as tooth extraction.
Possible Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are number of reasons why teeth may need to be removed. If you’re experiencing a certain level of tooth decay, they may require extraction in order to prevent further issues. Gum disease can lead to the loosening of teeth, so if there is too much damage to be repaired, your dentist may suggest removal. Additionally, extra teeth may develop in the mouth causing it to become crowded, which will therefore lead to extraction. Wisdom teeth removal is also a common procedure carried out by dentists.
Ways to prevent Tooth Extraction
There are number of precautions you can take to potentially prevent it. Regular check-ups with your dentist will enable you to monitor the state of your teeth and catch any signs of decay in the early stages. Looking after your teeth in terms of regular brushing, as well as limiting your sugar intake will also decrease your chances of needing an extraction.
Tooth Extraction process
A tooth should not be extracted unless you have undergone a thorough oral examination by your dentist, which in most cases will include an x-ray in order to establish the best way to complete the removal. It’s also important you ensure that your dentist is aware of your dental and medical history before the treatment commences.
It’s common for a simple extraction to take place using local anaesthetic, which will remove pain throughout the procedure allowing the tooth to be loosened and removed. Although you will be conscious during the treatment, discomfort will be reduced to a minimum as the area is numbed before the extraction attempt.
A more complex procedure is known as a surgical extraction, which may be carried out by oral surgeons and usually involves a section of the gum being cut and peeled back before bone is removed and the tooth is extracted. The flap of gum is then sewed back into place to allow healing to occur.
Contact the Dental Law Partnership
When you visit your dentist, you expect to be treated with a high level of care and professionalism. However, this may not always be the case and if you are unsatisfied with your tooth extraction procedure, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Our successful case studies can outline some of the work the Dental Law Partnership have carried out for clients, but if you think you have been a victim of dental negligence, our expert team are on hand to help. Call us on Freephone 0800 0853 823 for free initial legal advice.