When you go to the dentist, you expect to have a cleaning of the teeth or minor work done that could include a filling or other preventive measures so that there aren’t any cavities that develop. You could also have a bit more work done along the lines of a root canal or an extraction. Whatever you have done in the dental office should be done by a dentist who practices safe measures, but there are times when disasters occur. These are considered oral malpractice injuries, and it’s a good idea to seek the help of an attorney if they occur.
One of the common injuries that you might experience in a dental office is to the nerves and the jaw. This is often the result of the dentist using a needle that might be too large for the gum or inserting the needle in a space of the mouth that results in damage to the nerves. You’ll find with this injury that it could affect the feeling in the lips and the tongue.
As with other medical procedures, there are injuries that occur from anesthesia that is received when you have oral surgery or procedures that are a bit more in depth than a filling or a routine service. The doctor might administer more medication than is needed without monitoring the vital signs correctly. Another risk of anesthesia is an allergic reaction. You might not know that you are allergic to the medication that the dentist gives. At times, there is a possibility of death in these situations.
Faulty Dental Equipment
The equipment and replacements that are used in the mouth should be new. If there are faulty pieces that are used that result in more damage to the teeth and the rest of the mouth, then this would be considered oral malpractice. This often occurs with crowns or bridges that are faulty and don’t fit properly or that aren’t made in the correct way before being placed in the mouth.
When a dentist examines the mouth, he has an obligation to let you know if there are any diseases of the mouth that are seen, such as oral cancer. If the dentist doesn’t alert you if something is wrong, then this would be considered a failure to diagnose and is malpractice as you could have received treatment for the disease if you had known.
There is a risk any time you go to the dentist. Sometimes, the risk is greater than the reward when it comes to fixing the teeth. As soon as you realize that you have experienced any kind of injury, then you need to talk to a professional, like those at Spesia & Ayers Attorneys At Law, who can help with compensation for the injuries.
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