Blog submitted by Dane Levy Attorney of www.Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California
Dental malpractice, or dental negligence, is defined as an avoidable injury that is caused when a dentist fails to take proper care. If you are looking for dental malpractice information, there are many types of negligence claims, and they are as follows.
Injury – Injuries may include nerve damage, pulling a wrong tooth or failing to diagnose a decay.
Serious injury – Serious injuries include unsafe practices that cause an injury, failing to diagnose a case of oral cancer, or using improper tools that result in injury.
Informed consent – Dentists by law have to inform a patient about the risks involved with treatment. If the dentist has not made you fully aware of the risks, this can be grounds for compensation.
Dental negligence is on the rise, and this is mainly due to the increase of following procedures:
Cosmetic dentistry – As cosmetic dental procedures are on the increase; many claims arise due to injuries as well as due to the cosmetic results not being of the standard previously discussed.
Tooth extraction – Tooth extraction is often required due to tooth decay or to avoid further damage and complications.
Gum disease – Gingivitis or gum disease can cause plaque and inflammation of the gums. If plaque is left unchecked, it can cause gum bleeding and bad breath.
Restorative dentistry – Restorative treatment will be required if tooth decay is undiagnosed.
Dental implants – Placing dental implants is a very delicate procedure that requires skill and experience.
Root canal treatment – Root canals often remove all the dead or dying material relating to the tooth to prevent further issues.