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Did malpractice cause your dental infection?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Dental Injuries And Malpractice |

Dental infections can be painful and debilitating conditions. They also affect millions worldwide.

These infections can arise from various causes, including gum disease, trauma to the mouth, improper oral hygiene, and tooth decay. However, in some cases, dental infections may result from malpractice by a dental professional.

Identifying cases of dental malpractice

Dental malpractice is similar to medical malpractice. It occurs when a dentist or dental professional does not provide adequate care to patients, resulting in harm or injury (e.g., an infection). For dental infections, malpractice may involve negligent actions or omissions contributing to the development or worsening of an infection.

Common types of malpractice

Several scenarios may constitute dental malpractice leading to infection:

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis: Failure to properly diagnose an existing dental infection or delay its diagnosis can allow the infection to spread and worsen, causing additional harm to the patient.
  • Substandard treatment: Inadequate treatment of dental issues, such as improperly performed root canals, extractions or periodontal procedures, can leave behind infection-causing bacteria or exacerbate existing infections.
  • Improper sterilization: Failure to follow proper protocols can introduce harmful bacteria into the mouth, leading to infections following dental procedures.
  • Prescription errors: Incorrect prescriptions of antibiotics or other medications or failure to prescribe necessary medications can hinder the body’s ability to fight off or treat dental infections effectively.

Understanding your legal rights

You have legal rights if you suspect your dental infection was caused by malpractice. You may be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim against the individual or practice to request compensation for your situation.  

While not all dental infections result from malpractice, it’s essential to be aware of the signs of negligence and seek appropriate legal recourse if you believe you have been harmed by a dental professional’s actions or inactions. 


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