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Where a patient has crowns and/or bridges placed, there are a number of ways in which negligent crown and bridge work may be provided. The fit of the crown or bridge work may be poor, and given that the purpose of such dental work is usually to improve the appearance of the teeth, if the outcome is cosmetically unpleasant, there may be a claim.
Another possibility is that the grinding down of teeth in preparation for the placement of crowns and bridges can result in sensitivity, or rough areas on opposing teeth.
Usually a crown or bridge has a life expectancy of about twelve years, so failure of a crown or bridge before that time may indicate a poor standard of workmanship.
Crown and bridge work is restorative dentistry and not all dentists are competent to carry it out. If a dentist carries out work beyond his expertise instead of referring on to a specialist that may well found a good claim for negligent crown and bridge work.
“I was told I’d developed severe gum disease due to years of dental neglect. I had no idea as nothing was visible and was horrified that my previous dentist had not picked this up.” Victoria underwent a year of treatment, …
Mr B attended his dentist in March 2008 complaining of pain in his right central incisor and was informed that he would need root canal treatment to his right lateral incisor. Following the root canal treatment Mr B was told that his right lateral incisor had very little coronal tooth substance remaining and the Dentist advised Mr B that it was appropriate to crown the tooth.
The Dental Negligence team acted for a woman who encountered problems after obtaining a bridge fitted by her dentist. The bridge had been incorrectly fitted to an unhealthy tooth and the bridge became wobbly and loose.
The Dental Negligence team acted for a 43 year old woman who was advised that her tooth needed crowning. After the tooth was crowned, the woman experienced pain in her crowned tooth and attended the dentist. Upon seeing another dentist at the practice, she was informed that the root of the tooth was infected and the crown was of poor quality.