Dental negligence arises where a dentist’s standard of care fell below that of a reasonably competent dentist and causing injury to the patient.
Dental practices have become more sophisticated over the last number of years and a number of sub specialities have emerged to include restorative dentistry, endodontics, prosthodontics, periodontology and sometimes referrals may be necessary to an oral or maxillofacial surgeon.
Where a patient has suffered from a dental error it can cause very serious physical and emotional distress.
Claims arising from dental negligence include:
- Unnecessary extractions
- Errors during administration of anesthetic
- Incorrectly placed implants or damage to root during procedure
- Damage caused during root canal treatment
- Inadequate veneers
- Delay in diagnosis of gum disease or cancer