Simply stated, dental malpractice is when a dental health care provider (1) failed to do what another reasonable prudent dental health care provider would have done, and (2) whatever the dental health care provider did or didn’t do either injured a patient or did not prevent a patient from being injured or further injured.
Dental malpractice may be committed by a dentist or a dentist’s assistant or staff member.
Examples of where a dental health care provider may have injured a patient:
– Incorrectly performed crown, root canal, or bridge prostheses that results in injury to the patient’s teeth, gums, or jaw bone.
– Faulty application of anesthesia that results in injury to patient’s tongue, lips, chin or jaw.
– Extraction of wrong tooth or improper extraction of tooth that injures the patient.
Examples of where a dental health care provider may have failed to prevent injury or further injury:
– Failure to diagnose or treat periodontal (gum) disease or oral cancer.
– Failure to obtain informed consent of the patient or doing more than that to which the patient consented.
– Allowing unlicensed dentist to perform dental services or not properly supervising staff members.
It may seem un-necessary to state, but in order for a patient to be compensated for dental malpractice, the patient must have suffer an injury.
The above information is general information only. If you have any questions whatsoever, talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.