As with any medical procedure, when you attend your dentist’s surgery for treatment, you expect them to provide you with the correct treatment when appropriate so that future problems can be prevented. Unfortunately, once a mistake has been made it often cannot be remedied because damage to or loss of a tooth is permanent.
All dentists are expected to provide clinically satisfactory treatment and to act with reasonable skill and care when doing so. If the dentist fails to do something or does something that they shouldn’t then they can be considered to be negligent.
Types of dental negligence claims
There are a number of different types of dental negligence – Here are some examples of the different types:
- Neglect – e.g. dental decay
- Endodontics – root canal treatments
- Cosmetic procedures e.g. veneers
- Orthodontics – braces
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Crowns and bridges.
- Oral surgery – e.g. extractions
Dental negligence is a complex and specialist area that can often result in pain, stress and time off work. It is important to make sure that you are speaking to someone who understands all the issues relevant in your case.
For more information or to see if you have a dental negligence claim, contact one of our dental negligence specialists at Pryers Solicitors today.