Dental malpractice occurs when a dental health care professional provides treatment that falls below the accepted standard of care, resulting in injury to the patient. Dental malpractice is a form of negligence. While most dentists work hard to ensure that patients are well cared for, too many mistakes are made that were preventable. One such mistake is a negligently placed dental implant.
The process of receiving a dental implant is long. First there is a titanium screw that is screwed into the jaw. This creates a foundation where the permanent bridge or crown will sit. Once screwed into the jaw, it will take months to heal. After the area with the implant has healed, a healing collar is then placed around the implant. Then a post is placed on top of the implant, after which a fixed bridge or cap is attached to the post.
Negligently placed dental implants can result from a dentist’s failure to evaluate whether the patient has sufficient bone for all the implants and/or failure to identify the location of nerves in relation to where the inserts would be placed. As a result patients may end up with implants placed too close together, improperly angled implants, too many implants, nerve damage and/or implants in the sinus.
It will be necessary to have a dental implant expert at trial to explain to the jury how the dentist deviated from good and accepted dental standards and that as a result of the departure from good care, the patient was injured. Victims of dental malpractice may be entitled to medical expenses, both past and future; lost wages, past and future; diminished quality of life; and pain and suffering
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