The unfortunate thing about dental malpractice incidents is that many of them are preventable. If dentists were better prepared and more intentional about their patients’ well being, they could have avoided lawsuits, injuries, and other issues that arise with dental malpractice. Lack of preparation and communication are two major factors that often lead to dental malpractice.
In common dental malpractice scenarios such as dental implant nerve injuries, studies have shown that preoperative planning may require aid from techniques such as computed topography, rather than just relying on X-rays. Dentists have a responsibility to use as many measures as needed to understand whether a dental procedure is safe and appropriate for their patients.
Furthermore, dentists need to converse and follow up with their patients to address their concerns and assess their comfort level during procedures. If a dentist is unaware of their patient’s feelings of pain, previous conditions, and concerns during their procedures, they could be missing out on essential information. This information could be the difference between a patient’s safety and a botched procedure.
If you are a dental professional, you should make it a point to include these practices in your routine procedures. If you live in Southern California and you have been injured by negligent dental practices, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact OC dental malpractice lawyer Dane Levy at the Levy Law Firm for more information. His years of experience and track record of success will help you get the justice you deserve in court.