What is Dental negligence?
A dental professional has an obligation to ensure all dental procedures are completed to industry standards. They should ensure the patient doesn’t suffer from any unnecessary pain or discomfort, or cause any further damage to the root of the tooth or the jaw line, which could have been avoided had they carried out the procedure properly. If you feel that you have undergone a dental procedure, which has caused you unnecessary suffering, then you may be entitled to make a dental negligence claim for compensation.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridge work is often completed for patients who wish to cover up a missing tooth, after it has been extracted by a dentist. Many people choose to get a dental bridge for cosmetic enhancement.
However, having a missing tooth can also put considerable strain on the surrounding teeth, making the risk of further damage greater. Having false teeth can cause a gap, which can increase the chance of gum disease developing, as there is an increased exposure to food and bacteria, an area which was once protected by a tooth. A bridge is usually chosen over a denture when there are fewer teeth to replace, and the patient has a reasonably healthy selection of teeth available to support the fitting of a bridge.
Much like other forms of cosmetic dentistry, the skill and professionalism of a dentist is vital to the success of the final outcome of the bridge. This should be consistent regardless of whether the procedure is performed by the NHS, or if the patient is covering the dental bridge cost privately. The dentist needs to ensure that your mouth is healthy enough to support the treatment, as well as making sure it is fitted correctly.
How should it be fitted?
It is only possible to have a bridge fitted where there are strong teeth surrounding the gap, able to sufficiently support the two dental crowns needed. The two teeth either side of the gap will need to be prepared in the same way as when a tooth crown is fitted, ensuring they will be able to hold the cap of the supporting porcelain teeth. The quality of the bridge usually relies on the dexterity of the dentist in question, and if it is created and fitted properly it should last for around 10 years. If the bridge isn’t fitted properly, errors may have been made on part of the dentist, which may be classed as dental negligence.
There are a number of complications that can arise from examples of dental negligence during the fitting of a bridge, these include:
- Poorly constructed crowns
- Nerve damage during the dental procedure
- Shattered crowns
- Incorrectly shaped crowns
- Poorly fitted crown resulting in decay of tooth
- Failure to ensure the adjacent teeth are suited to a bridge
Our Dental Treatment Claims Expertise
The experience and knowledge of our dental negligence solicitors is second to none; as such, we can explore complicated dental implant NHS claims, ensuring they are investigated in their entirety. It is quite likely that our solicitors will have covered cases like yours in the past, so they can focus on the most important medical and evidential matters from the outset, ensuring the greatest possible outcome for your dental medical negligence claim. Whatever your case, we’re here to help. Errors arising from dental negligence case studies have had dire repercussions for patients. We understand that the detrimental effect on victims is not just physical, but that it can also cause financial difficulties where time is taken off work. The resulting stress can also elicit psychological consequences. Victims find it hard to come forward about with their dental negligence cases, and we do everything we possibly can, to make the process as easy and as straightforward as possible.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your case for dental compensation. We have a variety of options available to help you; and we will aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing any resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. You will need to be quick though, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
Here at Asons solicitors, we deal with dental bridge claims on a regular basis. So if you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our dental negligence expertise doesn’t end here, we all also deal with cases including, but not limited to: periodontal disease, dental veneers, dental crowns and dental implants.
Our dental negligence solicitors will work to collate all of the appropriate paperwork and documentation, while speaking to all the parties involved, helping to substantiate your claim.