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The Hazards of Negligent Dental Care

Dentists are medical professionals who play an important role in keeping people healthy. When dentists make careless errors or fail to diagnose illnesses or infections, it can have devastating medical consequences.

Inadequate dental care may result in disfigurement, infection, tooth loss, untreated oral cancer, and death. As healthcare providers licensed by the state of Colorado, dentists are subject to the same medical malpractice laws as doctors and nurses.

Our medical malpractice lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. represent people who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to dental malpractice. If a negligent dentist caused permanent injury or death to you or a loved one, call (303) 759-9945 today and schedule a FREE consultation with our legal team.

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Preventative Oral Care

Your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. During your regular checkups, your dentist and their team provide teeth cleaning to enhance oral hygiene. This will help prevent the spread of dangerous infections such as tooth decay and gum disease.

With younger patients, dentists must also make sure teeth are developing in a healthy manner. If the patient’s teeth show signs of improper dentition, the patient should be referred to an orthodontist. Screening for oral cancer is also a standard part of a regular twice-a-year dental checkup.

If your dentist detects any indication that you or your child is at risk of developing any type of harmful dental condition, they must devise and implement an appropriate treatment plan or refer you to a specialist who will address the issue.

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Harm Caused by Negligent Dentists

In addition to providing care designed to help you maintain optimum oral health, dentists must also avoid careless errors and inappropriate treatment that may result in medical complications.

Dentists have an obligation to protect your health. When a careless or dishonest dentist causes harm by providing treatment that deviates from the recognized standard of care, they may be held liable for the harm they cause.

Wisdom tooth extraction, dental implant care, fillings and crowns, cosmetic treatment, root canals, sleep dentistry, surgical errors, and detection errors made during regular checkups may result in the following types of harm:

  • Nerve damage
  • Undetected oral cancer
  • Disfigurement
  • Gum disease
  • Jaw infection
  • Tooth loss
  • Airway obstruction
  • Brain abscess
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Failed implants
  • Sinus perforations
  • Blood poisoning
  • Pain while eating

Dental malpractice may also occur when a dentist misreads a patient’s charts and performs a treatment on the wrong tooth. Another type of dental malpractice happens when dentists fraudulently perform unnecessary procedures, such as providing crowns and fillings for healthy patients.

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Were You Harmed by a Negligent or Dishonest Dentist?

If you think you may have been harmed by a negligent dentist, you’ll want to a contact a dental malpractice attorney right away. Dental malpractice claims have a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is different state-to-state. Some statute of limitations in the United States are as short as one year, so don’t delay.

You have the right to request a copy of your dental records at any time, and you don’t have to give your dentist a reason for your request. You will also want to keep records of any medical treatment you received as a result of your dentist’s negligent actions, such as ambulance rides or emergency room care. Taking pictures of the damage caused by a negligent dentist will also help your attorney prove liability.

Your dental malpractice lawyer will consult with dental professionals to investigate your case and determine the full extent of your injuries. Then they will calculate the true cost of your damages, which may include:

  • Medical care required to treat injuries
  • Emergency room treatment
  • Prescriptions and antibiotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Scars and disfigurement
  • Nursing assistance or in-home care
  • Pain and suffering

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If Your Dentist Hurt You, We Can Help

At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our clients receive superior legal representation and outstanding care. There is no charge to speak with our attorneys, and we provide our services to those who need them, regardless of income level.

Like all medical professionals, dentists should be held to the highest professional standards. You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries caused by another person’s negligence. Call (303) 759-9945 today and speak with one of our attorneys. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’re on your side.

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