what is dental malpractice?

Going to the dentist is never a fun task. In fact, many people actually have a diagnosed phobia of sitting in a dentist’s office. Because of this, it’s very important that dentists treat each patient with the highest level of care to ensure that their experience is as painless as possible. But what happens if a dentist fails to do this and you end up getting hurt or contracting health issues due to a dental procedure gone wrong? This is called dental malpractice and yes, you are able to sue for it if you can prove it.

Dental malpractice refers to a dentist whose patient suffered an injury due to their own negligence. This can mean not providing the right treatment or failing to uphold the standard level of care. Unfortunately, proving that a dentist was negligent can be a difficult task. A treatment not working or causing pain doesn’t necessarily mean your dentist was acting negligently. Similar to medical malpractice, dental malpractice requires the expertise of a dental malpractice attorney to help prove that your injuries were a direct result of your dentists’ harmful ways.

Common Dental Malpractice Lawsuits

We go in to see our dentist for a variety of reasons. You may be lucky and only see your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up, or you may have more serious mouth and teeth issues and require surgery, tooth extractions or root canals. Often, dental malpractice will occur when a treatment is more serious and involves putting the patient to sleep or giving numbing or pain medicine beforehand. The most common types of dental malpractice lawsuits often include these types of negligence:

  • Injuries occurring during a standard root canal
  • Complications after a standard procedure such as inserting a crown or filling a cavity
  • Faulty crowns, bridges or other devices placed in the mouth
  • Complications with the anesthesia or medications given prior to surgical procedure, including Novocain
  • Injuries to the nerves
  • Failure by the dentist to diagnose oral cancers
  • Infections following a surgery
  • Death


How to Prove Dental Malpractice

If you experienced the above problems, you may be wondering what your next steps are to pursuing a case. The first step is to hire an attorney who can take a look at your case and determine the level of negligence involved. Your attorney will work to identify the injury or health problem that occurred after your dental procedure. Once this is determined and verified by a medical professional, you and your attorney will then work together to prove that your dentist was acting negligently. This is best proven by showing that if a different dentist in your area would have performed the same procedure, your injuries would not have happened.

If you received dental care that injured you or caused health problems, you may have a dental malpractice case on your hands. The first step to getting the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, pain and suffering is hiring an experienced dental malpractice attorney. At Balkan and Patterson, we know what it takes to prove that a dentist was acting negligently and will work hard to get you back on your feet following a botched dental procedure. For more information about how we can help you, contact us today at 561-750-9191 or visit our website.