Dentists help us keep our smiles bright and help us stay confident in our oral health. They are also medical professionals working to prevent gum disease and cavities, treating oral health conditions that arise. Since our oral health is linked to our overall health, dentists can also help prevent or treat conditions which can affect our overall health. For example, they may address abscesses in the mouth before these forms of infection cause sepsis, which can be life-threatening. Dentists may also notice and address early signs of oral cancer during check-ups. In some cases, dentists can save lives.
Despite all the good dentists can do, when these health professionals are negligent, patients can suffer serious injuries. If you have had a negative outcome after visiting a dentist, orthodontist, dental surgeon, or other professional in this sector, you will want to consult with a North Miami Beach malpractice claims attorney to determine whether you may have a claim.
Common Dentist Visit Injuries
When dental injuries occur as a result of dentist negligence, they can include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Damage to the enamel and teeth
- Cuts and abrasions inside the mouth
- Nerve damage to the mouth and lip area
- Fillings and dental work on the wrong site, which can mean additional costs and a weakening of teeth
- Incorrectly fitted dentures, mouthguards, and other devices, which can lead to injuries to the teeth or mouth
- Injuries to the lips, jaw, and facial area
- Unnecessarily pulled teeth, requiring bridges or crowns
What You Can Do
Often, you may not know that malpractice has occurred because your dentist or dental professional will not say they have been negligent. Nevertheless, if you have suffered an injury or have faced a negative outcome after visiting a dentist, you may wish to contact an attorney. Dental injuries are very painful, thanks to the many nerve endings in the mouth. These types of injuries can also impact your ability to eat or speak. In some cases, they can have an impact on your confidence or even your job prospects, especially if you have a public-facing job.
Dental injury claims are complex and difficult. Your injuries can mean you need to lose time at work to fix the problem. Unfortunately, your insurance may refuse to cover any dental work which is considered “cosmetic,” which can mean significant bills for you. In addition, some injuries are permanent and may require a lifetime of higher bills. If a dentist misses a cavity and your tooth decays to the point where you need a root canal, for example, you will need to undergo a more expensive and lengthy procedure and then may need to maintain and replace a crown on that tooth for the rest of life, increasing your lifetime medical bills.
If you believe your dental injury may have been caused by dental malpractice, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation with a North Miami Beach malpractice claims attorney. We can review your potential claim and address your questions.