Root Canal Negligence Issues
Evidence of root canal negligence
Endodontic treatment, commonly known as root canal treatment, is a dental procedure that is carried out to try to save a tooth that has died or become infected. The procedure involves the dentist removing the nerve tissue from the tooth, along with the pulp; cleaning the area before filling and sealing it. Once the root treatment is finished it is often the case that a crown is also required to protect the remaining tooth structure from the risk of fracture and tooth loss. There may be some discomfort after the procedure has taken place, but this should disappear after a few days.
Root canal issues or complications
Some people do experience problems after root canal treatment within a short space of time, such as pain or infection, and some experience root canal complications years later. Whilst not all negative root canal consequences are caused by the negligence of your dentist, in some cases dental professionals are to blame for issues that can follow this type of treatment.
Some of the most common root canal complications include infections, that can occur after root canal treatment if:
- The area was not effectively cleaned by the dentist before being sealed
- The root canal procedure was carried out poorly, allowing bacteria to get past the barrier and contaminate the area
- There was a crack in the tooth that wasn’t detected by the dentist at the time, or develops later because of the dentist’s failure to protect the tooth after the treatment.
Perforations, which can occur if instruments are mishandled, or fracturing an instrument inside the root canal that are not spotted at the time, are also issues that can cause problems if not resolved quickly. The issues can arise fairly soon after the procedure or some people experience root canal problems years later.
If you experience severe pain after root canal treatment
If you experience tooth or jaw pain after root canal treatment, you should go and see a dental professional as soon as possible. Root canal procedures are not always successful, but if yours has failed due to negligence by your dentist, and you have been caused injury and suffering as a result, you might be able to make a claim for compensation. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Swelling and pain
- Tooth loss
- Infections (that may spread to other teeth or your sinuses).
How to know if your root canal treatment was negligent
It’s not always straightforward to find out if your failed root canal or complications following your endodontic procedure are a result of dental negligence. There are some key areas in relation to root canal claims that can help to clarify whether your treatment and resulting issues were due to negligence. These include:
Consent – Your dentist is required to suggest a treatment plan and explain the risks involved with any procedure to ensure you’re able to make an informed choice about your care. Failure to inform you of the risks of root canal treatment could form part of the basis for a compensation claim, in some circumstances.
Misdiagnosis or mistakes – If it turns out that the tooth involved in the root canal procedure was the incorrect one, or it is discovered that there was not a need for the treatment in the first place, you may be eligible to make a claim. The same is true if a foreign body (i.e. part of a dental instrument) ends up in the root canal and causes issues or infections.
Poorly done procedure – If the root canal treatment fails and it is discovered that this is due to under or over filling the root or perforating out through the end or the side of the tooth, this could form the basis for a claim.
If you think that your root canal treatment may have been negligent, our team of experienced dental and legal professionals are able to offer advice and discuss your options to see if you have a valid claim for dental negligence. Contact us today, on 0808 250 7101