When a dental health care professional provides a patient with treatment that does not meet the acceptable standard of care, and as a result the patient is injured, dental malpractice has occurred. Dentists usually work very hard to ensure that their patients are provided with the best possible care. However there are far too many preventable mistakes that result from the negligence of a dentist.
Examples of dental malpractice include:
- Damaging nerves while administering anesthesia or while removing wisdom teeth or molars.
- Failed dental procedures.
- Failing to inform a patient of every treatment option available to them and the risks and benefits related to each.
- Failure to refer the patient to a specialist.
- Failure to diagnose an infection.
- Failure to control an infection.
- Failure to diagnose oral cancer or gum disease.
- Failure to perform a thorough and complete oral exam.
- Failure to properly administer antibiotics before a dental surgical procedure.
- Faulty restorations resulting in tooth loss.
- Faulty root canals, crowns, implants, veneers, or dental bridges that result in injury and infections of the jaw, face, and gums.
- Incorrectly using dental anesthesia, resulting in complications or even death.
- Injury to the temporomandibular joint after restorative procedures or orthodontic treatment.
- Improperly placing dental implants, resulting in nerve damage.
- Improper procedures resulting in injury or damage.
- Medication error.
- Misalignment of teeth or bite malocclusions.
- Using faulty materials or products.
Patients who are the victims of dental malpractice may suffer serious injuries, including:
- Chronic pain.
- Failure to diagnose conditions.
- Gum disease.
- Loss of taste.
- Loss of teeth and bone support.
- Numbness and/or nerve damage to the face, lip, jaw, or tongue.
- Oral infections.
- Unnecessary extractions.
- Wrong diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of dental malpractice, contact an experienced Kingston, New York medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. We will help obtain a complete copy of your dental records. These records include, but are not limited to, x-rays, progress notes, copies of prescriptions, and copies of referral slips.
To fully investigate our case, specialists in the field of dentistry that is at issue will be hired to act as experts. These experts will help to determine if your injuries resulted from malpractice and, if that is the case, how the malpractice caused you to be injured.
You have a right to seek fair and full compensation for your injuries. This includes present and future medical expenses, lost wages, diminished quality of life, and pain and suffering. Contact a medical malpractice attorney to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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