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Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence | Last updated on: 30th August, 2023

We've got your Failed Dental Procedure Claim covered

A trip to the dentist for a regular check-up should be a relatively straightforward and pain free procedure. You should be safe in the knowledge the dental practitioner is qualified and experienced in their job, however when the trips twice a year are left for longer than that, problems can arise and require more attention as a consequence.

It is completely understandable that when you visit the dentist, you expect the highest level of care and a fully professional service. If you feel that this is not the case and you feel that you have suffered or still have ongoing oral health problems, you could consider making a dental negligence claim.

The person who you would normally claim against in this instance would be the performing dentist, as they were the ones who were responsible for the procedure. Dental care can prove costly, so if you feel that they have been negligent towards you either before, during or after treatment, it is worth finding out if there is anything we can pursue for you.

Possible claim types may include:

• A filling that has been carried out incorrectly
• Any damages to teeth during operations
• Any change in the sensitivity of your teeth
• Any issues with root canals
• Incorrect or wrongful procedure
• Wrong tooth being extracted/extraction of tooth when not necessary

This list is not exhaustive and there may be other issues that you have encountered with your dentist which are not covered here.

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Damaged teeth from an operation

Dentists are medical professionals, and as such, are expected to carry out dental procedures in a safe and hygienic way. If you have suffered damaged teeth from an operation due to negligent treatment, then you are entitled to pursue a compensation claim.

If your teeth are visibly damaged, or if the damage is more than just cosmetic; such as increased pain, sensitivity, new pain in the teeth or nerves or a change in sensitivity, then our medical negligence specialists will be able to advise you on how to make a claim against your dentist.

Root canal complication claims

When you visit your dentist, you expect to leave with your teeth and mouth in good condition. Further complication as a result of your dental procedure should never happen. However, if your dentist has acted in a negligent way and your root canal procedure does not go as expected, this is likely to be a stressful and painful experience for you that could have been avoided. In these circumstances, you have the right to assess your legal options.

The compensation from your root canal complication claim could help cover the cost of any further or additional treatment. Furthermore, the compensation could finally bring an end to your suffering by paying for corrective surgery.

To claim for negligent root canal treatment, or any of the points highlighted above, we recommend keeping a record of your failed dental procedure experiences close to hand, so that we can build a clear understanding of your experience.

Good dental hygiene is incredibly important and here at Patient Claim Line we realise that making a claim against a dentist can feel as daunting as going to the dentist in the first place. Any problems in this area can have a lasting effect on your life and confidence, so our medical negligence solicitors will help you in every way we can to get your life back on track and get you smiling again.

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Why Choose Patient Claim Line for your Failed Dental Procedure Claim?

Not just lawyers — medical negligence experts

Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in cancer negligence and general medical negligence claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with a combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It’s not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Failed Dental Procedure Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making a Failed Dental Procedure Claim

The amount of compensation you may be entitled when you make a failed dental procedure claim will vary depending on the circumstances involved. Every negligence claim is different, so the final pay-out of compensation will be based on the severity of the injury you experienced. There are several other factors which are taken into account too, including the impact on your health, medical expenses, and any loss of earnings. 

There are times and circumstances in which you can make a claim on behalf of a loved one, whether they a parent, partner or child. For more information take a look at our guide to making a claim for someone else.

When making a claim for a failed dental procedure, a claim should be made within three years of the negligence occurring or when the effects of the negligence first appear. This is to ensure that you do not miss out on any compensation you may be entitled to. In cases involving anyone under 18, the legal case must be pursued within three years from the date of their 18th birthday.

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    Director of Medical Negligence

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    Associate & Senior Solicitor

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