Tooth Extraction Negligence
Tooth extraction entails the removal of teeth from the jaw bone. Teeth are removed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, gum disease, and dental trauma.
Extraction is typically undertaken using a local anaesthetic to eliminate 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 then an x-ray to determine if the remaining roots can be removed without complication. If the Dentist then attempts to remove the roots, but they do not have the necessary experience or competency to do so (hence they should have made a referral to a specialist), causing further nerve damage, the Dentist may be negligent.
The skill, care, and method used by a Dentist are paramount to the success of a procedure. If standards are not maintained by the Dentist, this can lead to unnecessary pain and suffering. There is also a high possibility that the desired aesthetic look may not be achieved. Such outcomes could also cost you lots of money to remedy.
Common complications arising from tooth extraction
- Prolonged bleeding
- Severe post-operative swelling
- Severe lacerations resulting in scarring
- Nerve damage
There are inherent risks to undergoing all dental procedures, but the risks should be fully explained to you by the dental professional prior to any 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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