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It is quite common for a dentist to fracture a tooth during an extraction, and not negligent in itself. However, once this occurs, the dentist should take an x-ray to see if the remaining roots can safely be removed, or whether there is a risk of nerve damage in which case a referral should be made.
If the dentist goes ahead and tries to remove the roots, and causes nerve damage, there may well be a claim for tooth extraction negligence.
Sometimes a dentist simply removes the wrong tooth. As you would expect, extraction of the wrong tooth would usually lead to a successful claim for tooth extraction negligence. It has to be recognised that dental pain can be non-specific, so it is not always clear which tooth is causing the patient’s pain, but this can usually be resolved by an x-ray.
Fracture of the mandible (the lower jaw) can occur during extractions, and if excessive force has been used by the dentist then there is likely to be a successful claim for negligence.
Sometimes, during the extraction off a tooth, damage occurs to surrounding structures, such as fillings in adjacent teeth, or even a fracture of an adjacent tooth. Such damage may well give rise to a successful claim for tooth extraction negligence.
The Dental Negligence Team acted for a 33 year old woman who suffered significant damage to her lingual nerve following the extraction of her wisdom tooth.
Simon Elliman acted for a man who regularly attended the Defendant dentist for routine check ups between 1981 and 2008.
The Defendant failed to diagnose, treat and monitor the progression of severe periodontitis despite being in his care for over 25 years. It wasn’t until the Defendant retired and he was examined by a new dentist that he was eventually informed that he was suffering from chronic periodontitis.
Katie Parr acted for a man, who received £19,000 following the failure of his dentist to diagnose the presence of an established infection following radiographs. The man suffered considerable pain and discomfort over a 15 month period whilst the destruction of the bone continued unabated.
Further the dentist provided inappropriate and substandard treatment whilst he carried out root canal treatments and he failed to address the problem of the infection at the apex of the upper left central incisor root.