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Dental malpractice occurs when a dentist breaches the acceptable standard of care or deviates from that standard of care, causing harm, damages and injuries to his or her patient. Dental malpractice is one of the subcategories of medical malpractice law, which means you may be entitled to sue your dentist, orthodontist, endodontist, oral surgeon, periodontist, or any other dental health care professional for providing treatment that is not in line with the acceptable medical standard of care.

Every dentist and other dental health care professional owe his or her patients a duty of care, while any breaches of or deviations from the standard of care can potentially expose the careless or negligent dentist to a dental malpractice lawsuit.

Forms of dental malpractice

A Philadelphia dental malpractice attorney at The Weitz Firm, LLC, can help you sue your dentist for making a medical error that caused your injury or harm. In case you are wondering, some of the most common forms of dental malpractice include but are not limited to:

  1. Wrong tooth extraction (removal of a healthy tooth instead of the damaged one);
  2. Failure to inform the patient of all available treatment options prior to the surgery or procedure;
  3. Failure to warn the patient of all the risks associated with the dental procedure;
  4. Severing the lingual nerve when pulling a tooth;
  5. Causing nerve damage by negligently placing dental implants;
  6. Causing lingual nerve damage or Inferior Alveolar nerve damage when extracting wisdom teeth or molars;
  7. Failure to properly use anesthesia (underdose or overdose);
  8. Failure to properly administer medications to relieve pain;
  9. Prescribing the wrong medication or dosage;
  10. Failure to diagnose cancer in the mouth or tongue;
  11. Failure to diagnose any other oral disease or tumor;
  12. Failure to refer the patient to a more experienced or qualified specialist;
  13. Failure to sanitize and clean dental equipment to prevent infection;
  14. Failure to perform a thorough and complete evaluation and/or oral exam;
  15. Causing damage to the oral cavity, jaw bone, or any other bones and tissues when performing the dental procedure;
  16. Causing damage to the sinus cavity;
  17. Failure to properly administer antibiotics;
  18. Failure to properly place braces, bridges, veneers and implants; and
  19. Using defective crowns, implants, braces, bridges or root canals.

Injuries caused by dental malpractice

“Those of you who have at least some understanding of how meticulous and careful dentists have to be to perform dental procedures in compliance with the acceptable standard of care can only imagine that the risk of receiving negligent dental care is very high,” warns our experienced dental malpractice attorney in Philadelphia.

There can be many types of injuries caused by dental malpractice. Some of them include:

  • Dental nerve damage;
  • Speech impairment;
  • Loss of taste;
  • Infection in the mouth, teeth, or tongue region;
  • Inferior alveolar nerve injury;
  • Trigeminal nerve injury;
  • Lingual nerve injury;
  • Damage to the sinus cavity;
  • Accidental removal of a perfectly healthy tooth;
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ);
  • Damage to the oral cavity, tongue, chin, lips, jaw, or any surrounding bones and tissues; and
  • Injury or death from improper administration of anesthesia during a dental procedure.

If you or your loved one has suffered harm or injury due to any of the above-mentioned forms of dental malpractice, you deserve to receive financial compensation. Consult with our Philadelphia dental malpractice lawyer to discuss your options on how to sue your dentist for providing negligent dental health care. Contact The Weitz Firm, LLC, to get a free consultation. Call at 267-587-6240.

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