Dental infection causes
If you have visited the dentist recently and think that you may be suffering from an infection that has occurred after you were treated, you should return to the dental practice as soon as you can to get things checked out.
Some dental procedures, if not carried out correctly or if mistakes are made during treatment, can result in a dental infection that can be not only painful, but can also cause more damage to your oral health. In this article, we look at some of the most common types of infection after dental work and answer some of the questions you may have if you have experienced this.
Dental injury claims – more info:Gum infection after dental work
If your gums or an area of gum feels painful, tender, swollen, or you notice a strange taste, pus or blood in your mouth, it could be a sign that you have an infection. If you have recently had dental treatment, it’s not unusual to notice minor pain or sensitivity in your gums during the days immediately afterwards, but if the pain doesn’t go away on its own after a couple of days, or gets worse, it might be that you have developed an infection.
A gum infection after dental work doesn’t necessarily mean that your dentist did anything wrong, but sometimes if a dental procedure wasn’t carried out correctly, or the standards of care were not at an acceptable level, it can result in an infection. If not effectively treated quickly, an infection can get worse and potentially become a serious problem for both your oral health and general health. This is why it’s important to seek dental care as soon as possible if you think you have a gum infection.
If you believe that your gum infection occurred as a result of your dentist’s negligence, and you have suffered as a result, you might be eligible to make a claim for dental negligence. Get in touch with us to find out more.
Dental injection site infection
Although rare, some people do experience an infection at the site of an injection for anaesthetic that they had during a dental procedure. Whilst an infection isn’t always necessarily due to your dentist making a mistake or delivering a poor level of care, sometimes this type of infection could be caused by needle breakage or trauma caused by administering the injection, which could be considered dental negligence, depending on the circumstances. To find out more about this type of dental negligence and what your options are, contact us today.
Infection after dental cleaning
If you’ve had a dental cleaning treatment, it’s quite normal for there to be some sensitivity for a couple of days afterwards. However, if the pain doesn’t fade on its own or gets worse, it might be possible that you have an infection. The process of dental cleaning can sometimes make your gums bleed slightly. Although it is rare, this can sometimes cause an infection to develop in the days after the procedure. This type of infection isn’t always due to your dentist making an error, but if the level of care they have provided to you isn’t up to standard, they might be responsible for your infection and any resulting pain and suffering. To find out more about dental negligence and whether you might be able to make a claim, get in touch with us.
Dental surgery infection
If you have had a surgical dental procedure, depending on the specific treatment you have had, you can usually expect some residual pain and sensitivity for a few days afterwards. Procedures of this type include some extractions, dental implants or some root surgeries.
However, if you start to notice that the pain is getting worse, or you experience other symptoms, like swelling, an abscess, pus in the affected area, or you notice that you have a temperature, these could be signs that you have developed an infection after dental surgery.
If you notice any of these signs of infection after dental implant surgery, or dental extraction infection systems such as the above, you need to seek dental treatment as soon as possible so that the infection can be stopped from getting worse or spreading.
If you find that you have a dental infection after extraction or a dental implant infection, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your dentist did anything wrong when they carried out your treatment. However, if a dentist used equipment incorrectly or made errors during the procedure, this may have caused your dental infection after dental surgery. If the standard of care that a dental professional has provided to you was inadequate and you were injured or suffered as a result, you may be able to claim compensation. Get in touch with us today to discuss your options.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are common dental infection symptoms?
The most common signs of dental infection include:
- A persistent pain that throbs. This dental infection pain can radiate from a specific tooth or area of the mouth to the jawbone and even your neck or an ear.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures can be signs of infection after dental work.
- Some people report a headache when they have a dental infection.
- When it’s painful to chew or bite.
- A swelling in your cheek or face.
- Tasting pus (a foul tasting and smelling, salty fluid) in your mouth.
- Having difficulty with swallowing or breathing.
If you have a dental infection after having some dental work done, the most important thing is to treat the infection as quickly as possible.
If you believe that your dentist was at fault for the infection and your injury came as a result of their negligence, you might be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Contact us today for more information by calling 0808 291 3079.
Can there be dental infection complications?
If your dental infection is a serious one, and it isn’t treated quickly, there are potentially some complications that you may experience. These can include:
- Dental cysts – where a fluid-filled cavity can develop in the mouth.
- Bone infections – where the infection spreads through the bloodstream to the bone around the original area of infection.
- Ludwig’s Angina – an infection of the floor of the mouth, which can be serious, and even fatal.
- Sinusitis – where the lining of the sinus swells and the sinuses fill with fluid because of infection.
- Sepsis – although rare, it is possible for sepsis to develop from any kind of infection, including a dental infection. Sepsis otherwise known as septicaemia or blood poisoning is a very serious condition and can be potentially fatal.
If your dental infection was caused by your dentist’s negligence and results in significant pain and suffering, or if you go on to suffer complications as a result of the infection not being treated properly or quickly enough by your dentist, you might be able to make a claim for compensation. Get in touch with our team to discuss your options.
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