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Negligent Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular. Sadly though, for some, the pursuit of the perfect smile can turn into a traumatic experience.

Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide variety of procedures such as:

  • crown and bridgework
  • orthodontic work
  • gum contouring
  • veneers (where part of the tooth enamel is removed and replaced with a thin shell of porcelain or composite material to improve the appearance of a tooth)
  • bleaching/tooth whitening
  • the replacement of amalgam fillings with white composite cosmetic fillings

Unfortunately, as with any dental treatment, even the simplest of procedures can go wrong and for some, this can result in pain, suffering and the need for remedial treatment.

Pursuing a dental negligence claim can result in the compensation, enabling you to pay for any further treatment required due to the negligence you have suffered, and helping to ease the pain and suffering of your ordeal.

How do you know you have a successful claim?

The most common types of claims for negligent cosmetic dentistry include problems such as:

  • loss of vitality of teeth due to ‘over-preparation’ (removal of excessive tooth enamel)
  • failure to adequately cool the tooth during veneer preparation, leading to loss of strength of the tooth’s substance
  • excessive sensitivity after placement of white composite fillings, or failure of the white fillings
  • carrying out work in too many quadrants of the mouth at one time, which can affect a person’s bite and cause longstanding issues and pain.

In order to succeed in a dental negligence claim you must prove both breach of duty (aka evidence of substandard care) as well as causation (aka what harm stemmed from the substandard care). You must prove both elements in order to succeed.

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How long will it take to make a claim?

The length of a dental negligence case depends on the individual facts of the case itself, although as a rule of thumb most simple claims should be dealt with within 18-24 months.

However, the length of any claim will be affected by factors such as whether you need further treatment, whether the input of medical experts is needed, whether the other side denies or admits fault, and ultimately whether the claim ends up in court. Your solicitor will be able to assess your case on an individual basis and give you a more accurate estimation of how long the claim should take.

How much compensation might you receive? How is it calculated?

As a result of a successful claim for negligent cosmetic dentistry you would receive compensation. This compensation consists of:

  • general damages – this is an amount which is designed to compensate you for your pain and suffering (formally referred to as ‘pain, suffering and loss of amenity’. These awards are usually set by the court with reference to the Judicial College Guidelines
  • special damages – this largely relates to past financial losses that you have incurred, such as any dental treatment you have required as a result of the negligence, travel costs to appointments, loss of earnings etc.
  • future losses – this sets out the losses that you are likely to incur in the future that have arisen as a result of the injury. This could include the costs of remedial treatment and future travel costs amongst others.

What are the dental negligence team’s qualifications?

Our specialist team of dental negligence solicitors have been winning cases for clients for over a decade, and are specific cosmetic dentistry specialists.

  • Experienced in every aspect of cosmetic dental negligence claims – If your cosmetic dentistry has been substandard, leading to costly and invasive remedial treatment, we will know how to manage your claim. Our dental negligence solicitors and team have the necessary knowledge, experience and expertise to help.
  • Specialist advice for your negligence case – You want to know that you are getting the very best service that takes your needs into account. We have a national reputation for our work and represent clients from across the UK in dental negligence claims. We work closely with our dental experts who are also leading Consultants within their field, and will ensure that the best experts are working with us, for you, from start to finish.
  • An understanding approach – It’s not just an inconvenience to be the victim of sub-standard cosmetic dental work, it can affect your life in a number of ways. We understand the impact that substandard dentistry can have, and our dental negligence solicitors and team will do all they can do help you get your life back on track.

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