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Top Causes of Dental Malpractice

by Jared Staver in Medical Malpractice

When you visit the dentist or oral surgeon, you hope to receive the highest quality of care for your teeth, gums, and mouth. Unfortunately, sometimes, dentists and oral surgeons can be negligent and cause injuries such as chronic pain, permanent numbness, TMJ syndrome, facial nerve damage, and even disfigurement.

If you believe you have been a victim of dental malpractice, you should consult our Chicago dental malpractice lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. immediately by calling . We can evaluate your claim and help you pursue compensation for your losses.

Failure to Diagnose

If a dentist or oral surgeon fails to diagnose an infection, lesion, periodontal disease, oral cancer, or any other condition, serious complications such as loss of bone, hospitalization, and death could arise.

Failure to Use Proper Techniques

Improper techniques can lead to dental damage and painful injuries. Sometimes, dentists who aren’t trained properly use improper techniques to treat their patients and as a result, could severely hurt them.

Failure to Refer to a Specialist

Dentists do not have the education, training, and experience to complete all dental-related procedures. Therefore, if there is a procedure that they cannot perform on their own, they should refer a patient to a specialist who can. Failure to do so can result in a dental malpractice claim.

Conducting an Unnecessary Procedure

All invasive dental procedures come with risks. Therefore, dentists and oral surgeons should not conduct unnecessary procedures and put patients at a risk they can avoid.

Treating the Incorrect Tooth

When a patient has a dental issue, dentists and oral surgeons should know which tooth is the root cause of it. By treating the incorrect tooth, dentists and oral surgeons leave the underlying issue untreated and thus, put patients at risk for serious long-term complications.

Using Unsterilized Dental Equipment

All dental equipment must be properly sterilized before it is used on patients. When dentists and oral surgeons use unsterilized dental equipment, patients can suffer from infections or illnesses.

Anesthesia Errors

Dental procedures can be incredibly painful because the mouth is very sensitive. For this reason, dentists and oral surgeons administer anesthesia prior to performing most dental procedures. When there are errors in administering anesthesia, serious nerve damage may arise.

Patient Abandonment

Sometimes, dentists and oral surgeons fail to listen when a patient tells them that they believe their treatment has been ineffective. If you believe your treatment has not helped your dental issue, you may decide to get a second opinion from another dentist or oral surgeon.

In the event your second dental professional finds that the work performed by your first dentist or oral surgeon was not conducted properly, your first dental professional may be facing a dental malpractice claim.

Lack of Informed Consent

Prior to performing a certain procedure, a dentist or oral surgeon may require you to sign a consent form. However, while they perform the procedure, they may find another issue that was not included in the form or explained to you. If they perform a procedure to address that issue and something goes wrong, they may face a dental practice claim because you did not give consent for an additional procedure.

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In order to file a dental malpractice claim, you must prove that there was a patient-doctor relationship, the dentist or oral surgeon breached the standard of care, and the breach of the standard of care caused damages.

If you’ve suffered from an injury that you believe was the result of dental malpractice, you should contact our Chicago dental malpractice lawyers as soon as possible at for a free consultation. We’ll determine whether you have a valid claim and may be able to assist you in collecting compensation for your damages.