Dental malpractice can occur in a number of ways.
Dentists are medical professionals just like doctors – and they have many of the same responsibilities regarding your health and wellbeing. Just like doctors, dentists can make medical mistakes that are painful, costly, and life changing. Just like doctors, dentists can be sued for malpractice in the state of Texas.
Dental mistakes can happen at any time – one dentist may ignore a badly abscessed tooth during a routine exam (leading to a near-fatal infection) while another dentist may make a costly mistake during an implant surgery or wisdom tooth removal. If you believe that you have been the victim of dental malpractice, don’t hesitate to contact a Texas medical malpractice attorney about your case.
What are the most common types of dental malpractice?
- Dental procedure error. Did your dental procedure simply not work, leaving you in pain or with permanently damaged teeth?
- Missed diagnosis. Did your dentist fail to see a large mouth tumor, or fail to diagnose periodontal disease? These mistakes could cost you your teeth or your life.
- Failure to receive patient consent. Did your dentist remove teeth from your mouth while you were under, and before you ever agreed to the procedure?
- Wrong tooth surgery. Did your dentist remove the wrong tooth or operate on the wrong tooth? Or perform the wrong operation?
- Failure to recognize a complication. Did your dentist fail to see an infection developing after surgery or disregard signs your surgery did not go well?
- Foreign bodies left behind. In the past dentists have left parts of drills and other instruments behind. In some cases, patients have swallowed or aspirated them.
- Anesthesia error. Some of the most serious and deadly dental procedure errors occur when an anesthesia mistake is made in the dental chair.
Just like doctor and hospital errors, dental mistakes can have serious consequences – from chronic pain, to lost teeth, to a permanently injured jaw, to death. If you or your family has been affected by what you believe to be dental malpractice or dentist negligence, you may deserve compensation. Call a Dallas dental malpractice attorney today to learn more.