We trust our doctors to provide the best care and advice for our general health. We also expect the same from our dentists. Just like doctors, dentists are just as responsible for malpractice. Dental malpractice can occur when a negligent dentist performs a procedure as a result of which you experience chronic pain or loss of function such as a numb tongue.
All dentists have legal obligations when it comes to your treatment and maintaining a standard for that care. This is also known as a their “duty of care” and as a result they must only provide treatment and advice that in your best interest.
Many believe that dentists can only be sued for malpractice if you come away with an injury. This is not true, as you can also sue them for not doing something. For example, if they fail to diagnose a bad disease then that is grounds for malpractice.
Here are some examples of incidents worthy of a dental malpractice suit:
Not looking at the medical history of the patient
Pulling out the wrong tooth
Performing treatments and procedures that are unnecessary
Nerve damage due to negligence
Delaying in diagnosing gum disease and other conditions
Improper use of anesthetics
Anyone who has experience any of the above should consult a dental malpractice attorney orange county immediately.