Dental implants are very popular procedures. Those who have always coveted a straight, white smile may invest in them for aesthetic reasons. Individuals with unfortunate dental genetics may have already suffered tooth loss by middle age and will see the value in getting implants rather than bridges and partial dentures.
When performed properly, dental implants can enhance someone’s appearance and protect their health by allowing them to continue eating a wide variety of foods. Implants can be stronger, straighter and better looking than someone’s natural teeth.
Unfortunately, dental implants can sometimes lead to major issues for a patient. Dental malpractice may be the cause of poor outcomes in dental implant cases.
There is no training standard for dental implants
If you have to undergo full oral surgery, you can trust that there are many professional standards established for the surgeon who will perform the procedure. However, if the procedure does not meet the standard necessary for your dentist to outsource it to a surgeon, there are no official training requirements for dental implants.
Many dentists simply attend a weekend workshop to learn about these procedures. Their goal is to offer more services and make more money. They don’t consider how quick and shallow training could potentially endanger their patients. Improperly placed dental implants could cause nerve damage or lead to serious infections. They may also require revision procedures or fail and ultimately cause damage to surrounding teeth and even the jawbone.
Bringing a dental malpractice claim after a botched implant procedure could help you recover some of those medical costs and the wages you likely lost because of the complications you experienced.