Dentists usually work hard to ensure that their patients are well cared for. However, when dental health care professionals provide treatment that is below the acceptable standard of care and serious personal injuries result, this is dental malpractice. Many mistakes that are made could have been prevented.
Dental malpractice can result from:
- Failing to inform patients of available treatment options and the risks and benefits associated with each.
- Failing to refer a patient to a specialist.
- Failing to diagnose oral cancer or periodontal disease.
- Improperly placing dental implants resulting in nerve damage.
- Causing nerve damage while administering anesthesia or while removing wisdom teeth or molars.
- Incorrectly using dental anesthesia, leading to complications or possibly death.
- Performing improper procedures resulting in injury or death.
- Malalignment of teeth or bite malocclusion leading to dental procedures that are substandard.
- Injury and infections to the jaw, face, and gums resulting from faulty root canals, crowns, implants, veneers, or dental bridges.
- Faulty restorations leading to tooth loss.
- Negligent orthodontic treatment or restorative dentistry procedures leading to injury to the temporomandibular joint.
- Failing to perform a complete and thorough oral exam.
- Failure to properly administer antibiotics before a dental surgical procedure.
- Failure to diagnose or control an infection.
- Using faulty materials or products.
Injuries related to dental malpractice include:
- Numbness and nerve damages to the face, lip, tongue, or jaw
- Chronic, debilitating pain
- Multiple extractions that are unnecessary
- Loss of teeth and bone support
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Failing to diagnose a condition
- Oral infection
- Loss of taste
- Gum disease
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of dental malpractice, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will help you obtain a complete copy of your dental records, which you are entitled to under the law. Certain records however may need to be specifically requested as they may not be kept in the dental chart.
Your Kingston medical malpractice attorney will fully investigate your case. We will hire specialists in the field at issue. Experts will help to determine whether your injuries resulted from malpractice, and if so how the malpractice caused the injuries.
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