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Dental Malpractice generally refers to an injury caused by a negligent dentist. Any kind of negligence or poor quality dentistry can be defined as dentist malpractice, which could result in a dental malpractice lawsuit. Dental malpractice lawyers can determine whether you have a dental malpractice claim.

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Dental Malpractice

Dental Malpractice Negligence and malpractice occur in the dental profession as well as in any other profession. According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, one out of every seven medical malpractice cases directly involved a dental professional in 2006. Dental malpractice can occur if a dentist fails to diagnose or treat possible conditions such as oral cancer or other serious problems; delays diagnosis or treatment of oral disease or other precarious oral conditions; and any intentional misconduct on the dental professional's part.

Dental malpractice cases typically fall under malpractice law. As with medical malpractice claims, you must demonstrate that your injury is more than short-term pain. If you can prove that the dental care provider (including dental assistant, dental hygienist, oral surgeon )Dental Malpractice Negligence unintentionally or intentionally committed an act that no other reasonable prudent oral healthcare provider would have committed during the same time period, and that act must have caused significant injury, a dental malpractice attorney may help you recover considerable compensation if the case were to go to trial.

If you required expensive emergency surgery to correct what the dentist did wrong, if you missed a significant amount of work, or if you suffered permanent loss of sensation, or disfigurement along with pain and suffering, the dentist's malpractice insurance should allow you a fair settlement.

Negligent dental practice can include the following:
  • Nerve injuries that affect a patient's ability to taste and/or cause permanent numbness to the nerves of the tongue, jaw, chin and lips, including lingual nerve injury (tongue) and inferior alveolar nerve damage (lips, chin and jaw)
  • Permanent or temporary numbness or loss of taste sensation
  • Permanent or temporary structural injuries to the tongue, jaw, chin or lips
  • Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Wrongful death resulting from dental procedures or oral surgery
  • Injuries or death caused by improper or negligent administration of anesthesia
  • Complications arising from negligently completed crowns and bridges
  • Dentists' failures to take into account a patient's relevant medical history
  • Failure to detect oral cancer, periodontal disease, or other diseases
  • Certain complications from anesthesia, even when releases are signed
  • Unnecessary extraction of multiple teeth and/or extraction of wrong teeth
  • Molesting a patient while under sedation
  • Failure to obtain informed consent
  • Treatment exceeding the scope of informed consent
  • Complications from dental work performed months earlier
Dental Malpractice AttorneyAs well, an unethical dentist or dental professional may try to benefit financially by proceeding with unnecessary diagnosis and exams, follow through with their corresponding procedures, and either bill you for unnecessary procedures and/or collect higher insurance compensation.

Dental malpractice lawsuits can also include dental product liability claims, including silicone implants and dental lasers and legal malpractice claims based on underlying dental malpractice.

If You Suspect Dental Malpractice

Obtain a copy of all your dental records, including information that may be on the computer, such as your account history. It is also important that all x-rays be duplicated and obtained (there may be a charge), as well as progress notes, copies of prescriptions, copies of referral slips, etc. Your dental records, x-rays, and models belong to you and a health care provider is required by law to give you copies of your records.

Dental Malpractice Dental RecordsDental malpractice attorneys advise that you tell the provider you want your records for a second opinion dentist or to make sure that future dental providers are accurately informed about past dental history, to ensure that you obtain all records.

Document every event in a journal; it will help remind you of events and symptoms that occurred. The more evidence you have, the more credibility your dental malpractice claim has.

Statute of Limitations

There is a statute of limitations to file a dental malpractice claim, which varies from state to state. Some states also have tort claim statutes that require formal notification of a public hospital or government-employed healthcare provider regarding your claim within a very short period of time, sometimes as short as 180 days after treatment ends or after the suspected injury. Consult a qualified dental malpractice attorney regarding statutes.

If you believe that you suffered quantifiable damages as a result of negligence by a dentist, you may have grounds for a dental malpractice lawsuit. You should consult a qualified attorney who specializes in personal liability cases, and particularly in dental malpractice.

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Last updated on Jun-19-10

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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
Devin Gilson
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My way wife was advised, by a local dentist in San Diego,that she needed a 2 root canals & 3 crowns. This was approximately 2 months about. Initially she had 2 temporary filings & a temporary Molar. After the procedure she was in pain. The dentist did not even offer pain medication until my wife requested it. After about 2 weeks the crown came in. Durning the next appointment, after the crowns came in, the molar & crown did not fit correctlly (Isn't it the dentist't responsible to ensure the crown fits correctly)? They than put in a temporary Crown in which fell on the 3rd day. We now have to make,still another appointment, to have this temporary crown to be fixed. This one fell out well she was brushing her teeth. Currently I have paid $3,500 for this messed up procedure & have no time when the malar, or crown will be fixed. In addition we did obtain a second option from a excellent long term Denist. He was kind enough to do a complete set of x-rays & a consultation. His response was that he would have not done it this way but to follow through. This response is a back around way saying that the procedure was not done correctly. Please advise on what our next steps should be? Thanks for your consideration.

Posted by
Lillian
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I had two lower teeth extracted about four months ago by an oral surgeon who has pulled teeth for me before . This time I felt the second needle of novacaine go j to my nerve and jumped !!! The surgeon drilled and chipped the teeth out . Ever since then I have mental nerve injury and cannot feel my lips lower jaw par of my tongue . It is not getting better . I am being treated now by a neurologist . To me fine thing went terribly wrong here. Has this ever happened to anyone else out there ?

Posted by
Grace Isaac
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I want to the dentist on Tuesday and I told them that I wanted my wisdom teeth pulled out because it was hurting me. It was like 3 different Dental assisted that came in one of them just started working there . They asked me what was wrong with me and which teeth I was having problems with pacifically told them only had one tooth that was hurting very bad it was on the top right and it was my wisdom teeth. The doctor came in and he has them in my mouth and he asked me also which tooth is bothering me and I said my wisdom teeth the only one that I have only had one top tooth. They got an x-ray of my mouth another dental assistant came in and my x-rays was on the computer and she was looking at him and she said that the doctor was going to come and look at them and she told me on my x-ray my team and I pointed at the X-ray and I told her that that was the only thing that was bothering me and it was my backseat the only one that I have at the top so the doctor came in and she had already known she gave me some kind of stuff in my mouth and she told me that it was going to be nasty and she's known that before the doctor came in to stick me with a needle what's the doctor came in and he stuck me with a needle my face was numb and my going was a little numb once he started working on my mouth it was very very painful and I couldn't take it I was shaking and he stated that he could not he didn't feel comfortable working on my mouth because I was in so much pain and I wasn't numb in the area that he was working on so I need to go to a oral surgeon to get that taken care of. Once I left the doctor's office I realized I took my phone and stuck into my seat that was supposed to be there that I wasn't having a problem with and I realize that he was working on the wrong thing which you left a crack in my gum. So I called back to the dentist spoke with the lady and she stated to me that they also told her that I was getting referred to another specialist specialist for my wisdom teeth. And she would have the doctor call me back all yesterday I called again and the doctor never called me back and said after business hours and you left a message on my voicemail so on today I called back spoke with the doctor he was very rude and nasty he stated to me well all I can tell you to do what you need to get that tooth pulled out and I said what's up why did you try to attempt to pull out the wrong with it that was the one that you told me with your son I said no so I stated that I wanted my wisdom teeth pulled he said you don't have a wisdom teeth and when I was working on that see you was in a lot of pain so I stopped and told you that I didn't feel comfortable working on it and that was a great seat and I'm selling him no sir that was not the right seat I asked for my wisdom teeth pulled not my teeth in front of it he stated when he started working on it starting right now before I went to him I don't have no problem with this tooth I want some I wasn't what can I do about this

Posted by
Grace Isaac
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I want to the dentist on Tuesday and I told them that I wanted my wisdom teeth pulled out because it was hurting me. It was like 3 different Dental assisted that came in one of them just started working there . They asked me what was wrong with me and which teeth I was having problems with pacifically told them only had one tooth that was hurting very bad it was on the top right and it was my wisdom teeth. The doctor came in and he has them in my mouth and he asked me also which tooth is bothering me and I said my wisdom teeth the only one that I have only had one top tooth. They got an x-ray of my mouth another dental assistant came in and my x-rays was on the computer and she was looking at him and she said that the doctor was going to come and look at them and she told me on my x-ray my team and I pointed at the X-ray and I told her that that was the only thing that was bothering me and it was my backseat the only one that I have at the top so the doctor came in and she had already known she gave me some kind of stuff in my mouth and she told me that it was going to be nasty and she's known that before the doctor came in to stick me with a needle what's the doctor came in and he stuck me with a needle my face was numb and my going was a little numb once he started working on my mouth it was very very painful and I couldn't take it I was shaking and he stated that he could not he didn't feel comfortable working on my mouth because I was in so much pain and I wasn't numb in the area that he was working on so I need to go to a oral surgeon to get that taken care of. Once I left the doctor's office I realized I took my phone and stuck into my seat that was supposed to be there that I wasn't having a problem with and I realize that he was working on the wrong thing which you left a crack in my gum. So I called back to the dentist spoke with the lady and she stated to me that they also told her that I was getting referred to another specialist specialist for my wisdom teeth. And she would have the doctor call me back all yesterday I called again and the doctor never called me back and said after business hours and you left a message on my voicemail so on today I called back spoke with the doctor he was very rude and nasty he stated to me well all I can tell you to do what you need to get that tooth pulled out and I said what's up why did you try to attempt to pull out the wrong with it that was the one that you told me with your son I said no so I stated that I wanted my wisdom teeth pulled he said you don't have a wisdom teeth and when I was working on that see you was in a lot of pain so I stopped and told you that I didn't feel comfortable working on it and that was a great seat and I'm selling him no sir that was not the right seat I asked for my wisdom teeth pulled not my teeth in front of it he stated when he started working on it starting right now before I went to him I don't have no problem with this tooth I want some I wasn't what can I do about this

Posted by
Maggie Pistone
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Dentist hit my nerve and now I have a lower numbness in my chin and in my bottom lip and he's not doing anything to fix it said it will eventually go away!

Posted by
Marie Daily
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I bought into what they call a snap on dentitia for my bottom teeth which had to be pulled. I do have TMJ. It serves the purpose but I have to have the rubber bumpers swapped ou tevery so many months because of taking it in and out for hygeine purposes. Several months ago the dentist told me now "they are saying that the groove on the end of the implant" which the mouthpiece snaps onto" tends to wear and will present a problem, that the mouthpiece will not snap on anymore. This was a $10,000.00 adventure delving into my retirement money. Why do any of these companies get an einstein idea to sell to the public without testing every aspect of what they sell off to dental offices? I know it goes on in every aspect, all about making money, but Whatever the solution is I do not have funds to pay for something I have already paid for. They call it the 4 on one. I am now retired and I need to know if others have reported this and if there are any class action suits because of it.

Posted by
Paul
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My wife went to dentist in which I recomended, I've been to their office in past and felt work performed was very good and explained clearly.
She went to see them for check up. Same office but not same dentist I saw (she had excellent teeth, no cavaties) she brushed her teeth after every meal just as everyone should do. In the past we did not have good dental insurance so she had two teeth extracted (I'm not an expert but I will call them the Fang teeth. Six teeth across front top, two front and two on each side space inbetween those then molars) so now that we do have really good insurance she wanted to take care of space that was where teeth were, Dentist explain that yes can fix with a bridge across gap (No problem) sounded pretty simple and also needed to have lower partial made since no rear teeth on lower. So secretary rushes to move ahead with procedure even makes a Saturday appointment (again no problem worked well for us since we are off on week ends)
She was advised that this would be a one day appointment
My wife being very nervous about having work done, She. Asked if I would go with her to drive her home afterwards. Reluctantly I said yes. We go early Sat morning, arrive on time, my wife even pays in advance so we can leave immediately after without having stand at counter being numb. So they bring her into back to do procedure and I would wait out in waiting room. Procedure takes approx, 3-1/2 hrs (I thought a little long but ok because one time visit) she comes out not smiling but ok because numb. We leave (again to me all normal) as we are driving home she tells me about proceedure done. Only find out that dentist ground down all of her teeth in front to make bridge for all teeth even the front two which was not explained to her that was going to be done. Now she is going to have a bridge on all of her teeth even ones that had nothing wrong. We are very upset about work done she will not have her smile anymore it will be fake not hers. Now in future any work done will have to be done through bridge there was nothing wrong with her teeth before just a space/gap she was very good at keeping her teeth clean
(I used to think she was overdueing it but turns out was worth all the brushing she did do, considering she had NO cavities and it had been several years since last dental visit like 10yrs)
We know that the damage is done now but it was not nessesary and now work must be completed just to have normal smile again. Very very upset about how a dentist can destroy something that someone worked so hard to have what they had in one visit. Can't go back to what was. But another alternative could have been such as a partial for the space/gap or two small bridges which ever but feel that all of teeth did not have to be destroyed for purpose served. And yes it was expensive and no it was not nessary to do (again no cavities not even space or gap in front two teeth) she had a very normal smile just missing two teeth on sides (remind you. Six across front)now nothing just nubs to attach new bridge and in pain due to proceedure performed. This was a voluntary procedure no accident accured to necitate the removal/grind down of other teeth. The dentist should have been more clear about work to be performed before doing so. She(my wife)would not have had gone through this unessisary proceedure had it been clearly explained. Now she is stuck completing with full bridge that wasn't needed.
Is there anything that we can do to make this kind of thing NOT happen to anybody else?
SO I SAY TO ANYONE. ASK FOR VERY CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS AS TO WHAT WILL BE DONE AND IS THERE ANY OTHER OPTIONS AVAILABLE!!!
Thank you!
Paul

Posted by
Michelle Schumaker
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i had 5 crowns done staring back in august. it took them the 4th try to get the top 3 to fit. finally...but I still couldn`t eat. Then he did 2 root canals thru my crowns...still can`t eat. Went to a specialist he said the top that was crowned & root canaled needs pulled & that was just for starters. My bite has never been right but he wanted t fight with me. I paid him cash for my crowns then I took out some dental in between all this & he took my insurance for another 1600 & some. I still can`t eat. But the specialist told me to write him a letter asking for my money back which I did & he won`t answer our calls. I thought that this specialist was going to stick up for me but in the end no.. I am out 6 grand all together & am sick. My gums hurt & I haven`t yet got this tooth pulled. Can`t afford another replacement. I am still making payments on the loan I took out & still can` eat on that side/

Posted by
SUDHANSHU KHANDELWAL
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THE CLIENT DID NOT TAKE HIS MEDICINE OF BP ON THE DAY OF EXTRACTION OF TOOTH AND DUE TO THAT HE FACED BLEEDING AFTER EXTRACTION AND FOR THAT HE FILED DENTIST HOW CAN I ADVISE TO DOCTOR FOR DEFENSE

Posted by
BETTY FLYNN
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Hi- I had my teeth removed on May 4, 2015. I developed an infection in my lower gums--the pain got worse and the dentist said she could not do anything about that. I went to see another dentist because I knew something was wrong. I developed osteomyelitis (infection in bone). The new dentist sent me to the ER and I had to spend a week in the hospital. Since then, I had to have 2 more jaw surgeries and this Wed. 2-3-2016 I have to have yet another surgery. If this does not work I will need to have a bone transplant. I have had consults with lawyers and no-one will take my cause. They said dentistry is a hard cause to fight . I am 61 years old and on disability--the bills are piling up and I am a wreck with worry and my depression is getting worse everyday as is the pain. Is there ANYTHING I can do to get compensation from the dentist who caused this problem ??

Posted by
Ryan
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I posted yesterday. I now have a pea-sized ball underneath my tongue, on the place where the initial dentist applied the needle to numb me. I visited my orthodontist today for a checkup on my expander. He was very concerned and told me that if the steroids and penicillin prescribed to me don't improve this in a day or two that I need to take this very serious. Again, more complications and stress from this botched/mismanaged root canal.

Posted by
Ryan
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I've been going to a corporate chain dentist for 2 years now. Slowly but surely, I've been getting my smile together. My next step was to get braces to straighten my teeth. My dentist took xrays and sent the ok(with apparently a half-heartedly filled out periodontal chart). I went to my orthodontist, who I was referred to by my dentist. After my orthodontic initial consultation, my orthodontist had a concern about a certain tooth possibly needing a root canal, so I was referred to a periodontal Dr. Of course, it was found that I needed a root canal. Here's where the issue begins: Yesterday, I show up for a scheduled appointment with my dentist to take care of this tooth. I come with xray in hand and the Dr(a new person, apparently the old one left the company), agrees that no xray is needed and that I indeed need a root canal, which we will start right away. 2 hours later of digging in my mouth and at least 8 xrays, I am told that she doesn't have the proper tool to get the remainder of the "material" out. I am referred to an endodontic Dr. I ask the Dr that was performing the root canal if it was ok if I didn't make the appointment right away because yesterday was actually my last day of vacation, and I had to return to work today. She said this was not an issue at all, and that my root canal is sealed off and to just call when I see the endodontic Dr so that we can get my crown on. No further instructions! Needless to say, as the night went on, the pain started getting worse and there was major swelling where the needles went in. My fiance had to drive to the store at 4 am to buy Advil, even though she insisted taking me to the hospital. I refused because I had to return to work. Thankfully after taking the Advil I was able to sleep a couple hours before work. I thankfully was able to cover my store(I am the manager) so that I could see the endodontic Dr today. He informed me that only 1 of the canals had been dealt with. He proceeded to drain the puss out of my gum and complete the root canal. Thanks to his knowledge and expertise for saving me, last night was the worst pain I've ever felt. I actually walked into the endodontic Dr today afraid. That's not me but yesterday really escalated quickly and it scared the crap out of me. The endodontic Dr prescribed me methylprednisolone, penicillin, ibuprofen and hydrocodone.

Posted by
Stephanie McDougall
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My mandibular nerve was damaged and I don't know if that is considered malpractice or not... Still in allot of pain and had the work done a week ago today

Posted by
April
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My son had pain on his back lower right side of his mouth. His father took him to the dentist and they pulled 2 adolescent teeth on the top right side of his mouth. Needless to say they took the wrong teeth out because he is still in excruciating pain...still in the spot that he had originally gone in for. And now I have to take him to a different dentist to get it corrected.

Posted by
Michelle
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I would like to talk with someone regarding a freezing which the dentist hit my nerve 3 times and now I have numbness in my chin and lower lip

Posted by
Javier Manriquez
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I need an attorney to represent me. Malpractice dental work and lost my tooth #19.. Thanks Javier....

Posted by
Robert David
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please call me I have some questions about a dentist damage my kid and they not going to fix the problem.

Posted by
Anonymous
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Dentist looked at x ray black aera in front tooth , saying the tooth is not sealed,and may have decay. This tooth had a crown on for 20 years but felt ok had no flair up or infection on tooth . Dentist removed crown of 20 years and I asked him , is there decay and he responded not really he ground away with his grinding tool pushing hard for a tooth with no decay.Then he took a mold of the remaining tooth and sent it to the lab to generate a crown. 3 weeks later he cemented the crown on top of my tooth.I was feeling discomfort from the tooth when I ate hot and cold food and I feel my pulse in my tooth and it tingels .So I went back to get a larger one fitted he said yea the new crown is shorter than the original one he removed it and he order me a tighter fit from the lab.He put another temporary tooth on my tooth but I still felt my pulse after 3 weeks .He did not suggest I go for root canal or take an ex ray if the nerve was damaged .

Posted by
Anonymous
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story too long but will be posting a link to website soon. Also look for Dental Nightmare on Facebook

Posted by
Texas
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Did a crappy job, now my bite is all screwed up. I have bruxism that's causing serious gumline recession and decay.

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