The most common types of dental negligence cases are known as Injury claims. This is when a dental professional causes harm to a patient, often through procedures that they perform poorly, through their incompetence or because of a failure to diagnose, or the misdiagnosis of a condition.
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Common types of dental injury resulting from dental negligence
The injuries caused by dental negligence can take many forms, but all have a negative impact on the life of the victim to some degree. They may experience significant pain, inconvenience, require significant and costly further treatment or suffer the loss of teeth. Sometimes the damage caused by a dentist is permanent and cannot be remedied by further dental work.
Some of the most common types of dental injury include:
- A serious infection caused by the dentist using unsafe practices or equipment
- Dental nerve damage, causing long-term or permanent pain, numbness or lost sensation in the mouth, lips or face
- Improper use of a tool or equipment, which causes trauma to the teeth, jaw or mouth of the patient
- Poorly carried out treatment, which does not solve the original problem or causes more issues with surrounding teeth, gums or jawbone
- Failure to diagnose a serious oral health condition in a patient despite regular visits and dental evidence, such as patient reporting significant issues, x-rays being taken etc.
- Misdiagnosis of a condition, resulting in incorrect (or no) treatment being carried out and the original condition worsening
- Significant treatment errors e.g. extracting the wrong tooth
- Psychological trauma caused by the dental negligence which has a significant impact on your quality of life or daily activities