Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is a common occurrence in every day Dentistry.
Dentists should check for signs of gum disease at regular check-ups. If gum disease has gone undiagnosed over a period of time, the Dentist could be negligent for failing to alert you.
Even if gum disease is identified and the Dentist fails to advise you of preventive measures to reduce the risk of gum disease, such as improved oral hygiene (e.g. brushing and flossing techniques), and recommendation of a dental hygienist, and regular dental check-ups, they may be negligent.
Furthermore, once gum disease is diagnosed, if once treated there is no improvement, the Dentist should make a referral to a specialist Dentist to treat the gum disease. If the condition is not treated correctly and efficiently, the attachment of teeth to the jaw bone can be impaired. This may result in loss of teeth and damage to the jaw bone. Treatment costs to remedy the problem can be very expensive, and if negligence is proven against the Dentist, the cost of procedures to rectify the damage can be included as part of the claim.
Dental patients who have gum disease but neither been treated nor referred by their Dentist to a specialist may have a robust claim against their Dentist.
When a dental procedure is undertaken, the patient has every right to expect that a high level of skill, judgement, and care will be applied. If a Dentist does not uphold standards, it may lead to unnecessary pain and suffering by the patient, potentially requiring expensive remedial treatment to rectify the problem.
The most common complications resulting from misdiagnosed gum disease are:
There are inherent risks to undergoing many dental procedures; those 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, leading you to suffer injury and emotional distress as a result of a misdiagnosed periodontal disease, you may have a claim for compensation and other losses.