If a dental professional fails to accurately diagnose a condition that you, their patient, suffers from, it could be considered to be dental negligence. There could be a number of reasons why your dentist has failed to diagnose you correctly, including:
- Failure to examine or check the oral health of the patient properly in order to pick up on certain signs
- Failure to pick up on, or acknowledge, vital symptoms to accurately diagnose an issue – this could be due to a lack of knowledge or malpractice.
- Incorrectly linking symptoms to a different issue, resulting in a misdiagnosis and failure to treat the patient correctly
If you have visited your dentist with an issue regarding your oral health and they have failed to examine you correctly, or if they have diagnosed your problem but failed to take some of your pain, sensitivity or other symptoms into consideration, they could be overlooking an oral health condition. If, by misdiagnosing a problem, or failing to diagnose it altogether, the condition becomes worse, causes pain and suffering or means that you need to have further treatment to rectify or mitigate the issue, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim.
Common conditions that dentists may fail to diagnose
While most dentists are highly skilled, dedicated and treat their patients with a high level of care and professionalism, this is sadly not always the case. In some cases, if your trusted dental professional has not identified the symptoms of an oral health issue, it can lead to a failure to diagnose the problem. This failure can have huge adverse effects on your health, as the condition going unchecked means it will also go untreated. Some of the most common conditions that dentists can fail to notice or diagnose correctly, include:
- Failure to diagnose gum disease
- Failure to diagnose periodontal disease (a severe form of gum disease)
- Failure to diagnose oral cancer
- Failure to diagnose serious tooth decay
- Failure to diagnose the need for root canal treatment
- Failure to diagnose the need for an extraction