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 preventive of measures to reduce the risk of gum disease such has good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups etc., they may be negligent.
Furthermore, once gum disease is diagnosed if treated and 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 tooth attachment to the jaw bone can be adversely effected. This may result in loss of teeth and damage to the jaw bone. Treatment costs to remedy this problem can be very expensive and if negligence is proven against the Dentist, the cost of the procedures to improve the teeth can be included as part of the claim.
Dental patients who have neither been treated nor referred by their Dentist to a specialist may have a good claim against their Dentist.
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. It could also cost you lots of money to repair or remedy a problem.
The most common complications which seem to occur arising from a misdiagnosed gum disease are:
- Tooth attachment from gum and jaw bone
- Loss of teeth
- Nerve damage
- Damage to mouth and/or surrounding teeth
- Loss of jaw bone
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 misdiagnosed periodontal disease, you may have a claim for compensation and other losses.