Three Common Dental Misdiagnosis Claims

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dental misdiagnosisAs an adult, you are solely responsible for your overall health to ensure that you are able to live your life comfortably and to the full. However, when you think of your physical health, your teeth might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but are, in fact, one of the most important things you need to take care of in your adult life.

Why is it important to take care of your teeth?

After your baby teeth fall out during your childhood, the second set of teeth that grow to replace them are all you will have to rely on for the rest of your life.  When you are relying on your teeth every day, getting them checked on at regular intervals by a professional, alongside daily brushing, is the best way to avoid the long-term and/or painful problems that can occur with badly maintained teeth.

‘You are relying on your teeth everyday.’

Sometimes, however, the professionals can get it wrong. Below are the three most common misdiagnosis that can occur when getting dental care to help you be prepared and, later on in this article, know what to do should something like this happen.

Nerve Injury

Nerve injury tends to be caused by errors during dental surgery and can come with a multitude of symptoms such as:

  • Pain in your jaw, cheek, forehead, or eye
  • Burning sensation in the jaw
  • Tugging sensation on the tongue
  • No or lacking control over your saliva

If these symptoms are dismissed by your dental professional, then that constitutes a medical misdiagnosis which you could be able to file a claim for. You may not realise you are eligible to make a claim for dental negligence, so contact professionals if you feel your symptoms are in line with any mentioned above.

Oral cancer

Cancer is an illness that no one likes to think about but is something you should be constantly vigilant for as the earlier you catch the disease, the better chances you have of making a full recovery and avoiding months of potentially invasion treatment.

If you go to your dental professional with symptoms such as loose teeth, a developing lump in your mouth, or difficulty swallowing, and they either do not conduct a proper medical investigation to rule out the possibility of cancer, or diagnose your symptoms incorrectly, then you have the basis to make a claim against them for failing to do their job correctly. Dentist negligence claims can be more readily obtained than some people may be aware of, so keep this in mind with your next check-up.

Dental abscess

With almost every health problem, the main thing that will always cause your condition to worsen is not getting the correct treatment and medication. When it comes to dental abscesses this is even more important given the severe pain this condition can cause an individual.

A dental abscess is a pocket of puss that develops in the mouth due to a bacterial infection. If this is not picked up on by your dentist and spreads to your jaw or develops into sepsis, this can become a life-threatening ordeal which means you are well within your rights to make a claim.

What can you do?

In order to begin making a claim, you need to get in touch with professionals who specialise in cases of medical negligence to guide you through the process and help you get the result you deserve.