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Dental Negligence Claims

Medical NegligenceGood dental hygiene is a necessity which is why you will likely have scheduled regular visits to see the dentist. In fact in many cases you will actually see your dentist more often than your doctor. Therefore, it is extremely important that dentists and orthodontists provide care of the highest quality that is reasonably possible. In the vast majority of patient visits, the dental professional be it dentist, dental surgeon, orthodontist, dental nurse or hygienist will provide satisfactory dental care. However, in a small number of cases mistakes will inevitably occur through incompetence or negligent work. If you believe that the dental work carried out was below an acceptable standard and it could be reasonably argued that the treatment has caused you harm by the dental professional which would not have happened if a different professional of the same standing had treated you then you may be able to make a claim compensation for medical negligence.

There are a wide range of scenarios that may give rise to a potential claim for medical negligence after dental treatment. A non-exhaustive list includes –

  • A failure to diagnose and treat a dental problem
  • An injury which is caused by faulty equipment
  • Badly executed dental work
  • Damage caused to teeth during treatment
  • Drugs administered improperly or anaesthetic awareness
  • Equipment left in the jaw or gums
  • Failure to treat periodontal disease
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Mouth injuries such as cuts or grazes
  • Removal of the incorrect tooth
  • Swallowing dental equipment

If you are considering making a medical negligence claim due to ill effects caused by dental negligence you may wish to view the following sections.

Who can make a claim for medical negligence?

Are there time limits for making a medical negligence claim?

How much would my medical negligence claim be worth?

How do I make a claim for medical negligence?