Tooth Extraction Negligence

Tooth extraction is the removal of teeth from the jaw bone. Teeth are subject to extraction for a variety of reasons such as decay, gum disease, dental trauma etc.

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Extraction is normally done using a local anaesthetic to eliminate and reduce pain during surgery.

It is common in this type of procedure for the Dentist to fracture the tooth during the extraction. This in itself is not negligent. However if this does occur the Dentist should perform an x-ray to determine if the remaining roots can be removed without complication. If the Dentist goes ahead with further surgery and tries to remove the roots, but they do not have the experience or competency to perform this procedure and they should have made a referral to a specialist, but decided to perform the surgery themselves causing further nerve damage, the Dentist may be negligent.

When a dental procedure is performed, the skill, care and method of the Dentist is very important. If standards are not maintained and performed by the Dentist it can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering. There is also a high possibility that the desired aesthetic look may not be achieved. It could also cost you lots of money to repair or remedy a problem.

 

The most common complications which seem to occur arising from this type of procedure are:

  • Infection
  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Severe post-operative swelling
  • Severe lacerations resulting in scarring
  • Nerve damage

There are inherent risks to undergoing all dental procedures, the risks should be fully explained to you by the dental professional prior to any dental procedure going ahead. If the Dentist has failed to explain these risks they may be negligent.

If you consider that you have been let down, suffered injury and emotional distress as a result of a failed and negligent extraction procedure, you may have a claim for compensation and other losses.

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