Fortunately, in its early stages, gum disease can be easily dealt with by adjusting your oral health routine. However, left to develop, it can turn into Periodontitis or Periodontal disease, which can result is some very harmful consequences. Your dentist has a responsibility to spot these conditions, and best advise you on how to treat it. If this hasn’t been done, you may have been victim to dental negligence.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis is characterised by the severe inflammation of the gums. An extremely serious type of gum disease, it damages the tissue and bone around the jawline, which is needed to hold the teeth in place. The bacteria residing in the gums can cause them to recede and deteriorate.
If treatment is neglected, however, the infection can cause the eventual loss of some – or all – teeth. Under such circumstances, the patient may be able to make a dental negligence claim for compensation.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Periodontitis has a number of causes, with poor oral hygiene considered the most common. Irregular brushing may allow plaque to build-up on the surface of the teeth and gum line. Where plaque has been left to build, the bacteria become active, irritating the gums and making them inflamed and sore.
These symptoms are usually the first sign of gum disease, and a dentist should diagnose the infection, recommending a preventative course of gum disease treatment.
Should they fail to spot the gum disease, it may develop into periodontitis, which may cause the teeth to become loose from their socket and fall out.
Other periodontal disease risk factors include:
- Weak Immune System (Those who suffer from HIV and AIDS are at high risk)
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Healthy gums will usually be pink and firm, and will not bleed during brushing. Unfortunately, the early stages of periodontal disease will not always be immediately apparent, with no unusual sensitivity.
It is crucial that a dentist is able to recognise the intricate symptoms of the disease, implementing the appropriate periodontal treatment. Should they fail to do so, the patient may have grounds to make a periodontal disease claim for compensation.
The earliest symptoms of periodontal disease are:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding in the gums whilst brushing teeth
As the condition develops, further symptoms include:
- Bad breath and a foul taste
- Teeth becoming loose, making it difficult to eat as normal.
- Develop gum abscesses
In the most severe cases of periodontal disease, a patient may develop Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis (ANCA), characterised by:
- Bleeding gums
- Ulcers in the mouth
- Receding gum line
- Bad breath
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Excess saliva production
- Difficulty swallowing and/or talking
- High temperature
Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease
If you suspect that you are suffering from gum disease – periodontal disease or gingivitis – it is advisable to immediately visit a dentist. If confirmed, this will allow them to put you on the necessary course of periodontal disease treatment.
It is extremely important that periodontal disease is treated immediately. A delay in treatment can lead to irreversible gum damage, which may result in loss of teeth. In order to diagnose periodontal disease, a dentist will perform a dental examination, using a probe to search around the teeth and gum line, checking how far the gums may recede if pushed. If healthy, there should be minimal movement.
In severe cases, an x-ray may be needed, checking the condition of the remaining teeth and jaw bone.
Should you believe that your dentist has failed in performing such tests, and as a result you have developed advanced gum disease, you may be able to make a claim for dental negligence compensation.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
The most effective treatment for periodontal disease is maintaining good oral hygiene. Where periodontal disease has been left untreated for some time, medication or even surgery may be required. This may include:
- Antibiotics – although ineffective alone, antibiotics can help fight any infection.
- Medicated Mouthwash.
- Scale and Polish – Performed only by a dentist, helping to remove plaque and tartar build up that may be affecting the teeth.
- Root Planning – Some cases may require a deep clean under the gums, removing any bacteria in the roots of the teeth. This will require an anaesthetic, as it may be uncomfortable.
- Surgery – Severe periodontal disease may require surgery; severely infected teeth may need to be removed.
Where gum disease has been identified, it is crucial that treatment is prompt, should your treatment have been delayed causing the periodontal disease to worsen, you may be able to make a dental negligence claim.
How do I know if I have a Claim?
In its early stages, minor gum disease can be easily dealt with by adjusting your oral health routine. However, if left to develop, it may become Periodontitis or Periodontal disease, which brings unwanted consequences. Your dentist has a responsibility to spot symptoms, and best advise a course of treatment. If this hasn’t been provided, you may be a victim of dental negligence.
In the most severe cases, it is a dentist’s failure to diagnose which leads to the advanced development of periodontal disease. Your dentist may have failed to take the appropriate action in either recommending a treatment, or referring the patient to a specialist. If this is the case, the failures of the dentist are seen as dental negligence, which may mean you are entitled to make a periodontal negligence claim.
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How Much Will I Get?
Everyon’e’s claim is entirely different, so it is difficult to advise accurately. However, our Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator may provide a rough estimate of what you may receive. These estimates are based on your injuries and also other factors, such as psychological problems and missed time at work.
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The knowledge of our solicitors is second to none, based on the experience of countless dental negligence case studies in the past. At Asons Solicitors, we are well placed to explore complicated dental negligence cases, ensuring they are investigated in their entirety.
It is extremely likely that our dental negligence team will have covered cases just like yours, allowing them to focus on the most important medical and evidential matters from the outset, and thereby ensuring the greatest possible outcome for your dental negligence claim. Whatever your case, we’re here to help.
Errors arising from dental negligence may hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand what dental negligence is, and the detrimental effect it has on victims. The consequences may not just be physical – potential financial difficulties where time is taken off work must also be considered, and the ensuing stress may elicit negative psychological consequences.
We know that victims are often hesitant to come forward with their claims. As dental negligence solicitors it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
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We deal with examples of dental negligence on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our dental negligence team will work to collate all of the appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved to substantiate your claim.