Dental Errors Can Be Painful, Traumatic, and Expensive – File A Kentucky Dental Malpractice Lawsuit And Get Compensation
When we visit a dentist or oral surgeon, we are attempting to care for our oral health: To keep our teeth clean, straight, and strong – and to make certain that we can eat, smile, and speak without pain or embarrassment.
However, in some cases, dentists and oral surgeons can do more harm than help. What should have been a step toward oral health can turn into a nightmare that could include permanent functional, physical, financial, aesthetic, and emotional issues, all related to your mouth and teeth.
Dental malpractice takes place when an oral health care professional does not comply with the applicable standard of care, causing serious injury to a patient. If you believe that you or a loved one was seriously injured due to the actions of a dentist, oral surgeon, or other dental professional, you may be able to receive compensation for your losses. To discuss your case privately with a Kentucky dental malpractice attorney, please contact Seth Gladstein today.
Common Dental Malpractice Injuries
Not all dental errors constitute dental malpractice, but if a dental professional was negligent or did not act in a reasonable way, they are responsible for your damages – which could include dental bills, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Here are just a few of the most common types of dental malpractice injuries in Kentucky:
- Faulty bridges, crowns, dentures, or implants. Replacing a damaged or decaying tooth can add to the quality of your life and improve your smile. But if a tooth replacement solution is not properly inserted or executed, it can have severe consequences. These consequences could lead to many more expensive oral procedures, pain, loss of function, and emotional trauma.
- Nerve damage in the areas of the tongue, mouth, lips, or jaw that can be temporary or permanent. Nerve damage can result in numbness, tingling, and pain, as well as issues with speaking or eating.
- Loss of taste or feeling in the mouth or gums. These complications can be temporary or permanent, and greatly affect the quality of a person’s life.
- Jaw fractures or jaw dislocations during oral surgery procedures can be extremely painful and expensive. In addition to a long recovery time, broken jaws can result in long-term issues with biting, eating, and speaking. In addition, they can change the structure of your face and alter your appearance.
- Sinus perforation. The area between the mouth and nose is delicate, and injuries to the sinus can have painful and long-term effects. Sinus perforations are common during tooth extractions and other procedures that take place on the top arch of teeth.
- Outward damage to the structure of the chin, tongue, lips, and jaw. Again, this damage can make it difficult for patients to speak, eat, bite, or smile. It may also have a permanent effect on how a patient looks and feels.
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder. TMJ disorder has a number of underlying causes. Some of these causes could be linked to dental malpractice, including jaw and mouth injuries, improperly fitting dentures or implants, and missed diagnosis.
- Missed diagnosis or wrong diagnosis. Dentists and other dental professionals should screen for oral cancer and other oral diseases. If your dentist does not see or correctly respond to a sign or symptom of oral cancer, he or she could be liable.
- Wrong tooth extraction. It is more common than you may think: Patients wake up from oral surgery to find that their dentist or surgeon has incorrectly removed the wrong tooth – or all of their teeth.
- Foreign body ingestion or aspiration. Pieces of small dental tools can be dropped by the dentist or surgeon, and either swallowed or inhaled by the patient. As you might imagine, these injuries can have very serious consequences.
- Anesthesia errors. As with all surgical procedures, one of the most serious errors is anesthesia errors. These errors could relate to dosage mistakes, intubation errors, or monitoring errors – and they could be deadly.
Contact Seth Gladstein – An Experienced Kentucky Attorney for Dental Malpractice
Based in Louisville, injury attorney Seth Gladstein focuses solely on personal injury cases, including dental malpractice cases and dental wrongful death cases. His law office, Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, is here to give you the help that you need to collect the financial compensation that you deserve. A free consultation is available by calling (502) 855-4177 or (800) 991-0474. You are also invited to fill out our online contact form, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.
Dental malpractice is a serious issue – and requires serious action. Contact Seth Gladstein today to get your questions answered, and to take legal action to find the justice that you are owed.