Examples of Dental Mistakes
Mistakes can be made during any dental procedure if the dentist isn’t paying attention, isn’t trained properly or is being negligent. Some examples include:
- Improperly placed dentures: when dentures aren’t placed properly, they can cause painful sores and discomfort, infection, nerve injury and bone loss. Patients may require extensive corrective treatment.
- Failure to diagnose a problem with a patient: if a dentist fails to diagnose a serious dental condition such as periodontal disease, the patient may suffer serious consequences such as losing his or her teeth.
- Failure to detect complications in the actual dental procedure: improper techniques can result in serious problems such as infection.
- Untreated infection: when an infection goes untreated it can cause a lot of pain, necrosis of tissue surrounding the infected area and permanent loss of teeth.
- Failure to develop and follow a treatment plan: common practice requires dentists to develop and follow a personalized treatment plan for each of his or her patients.
- Failure to get approval from the patient before performing a procedure: patients must provide written consent before undergoing a dental procedure.
- Misreading x-rays: if a dentist misreads an x-ray, he or she may make a mistake such as removing the wrong tooth.
What You Should Do If You Experienced Dental Problems
If you are experiencing problems with your teeth, gums or mouth and you feel that your dentist has acted negligently or somehow made a mistake, you should contact an attorney to find out if you qualify to file a claim. You may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical costs, lost wages if you are unable to work and any additional costs such as for corrective surgery.
Before contacting an attorney, document the series of events. Have a list of the procedures performed as well as any paperwork given to you by your dentist ready. Keep a log of your conversations with your dentist and of your symptoms. For example, you should keep track of the symptoms you are experiencing and when they started.