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Undiagnosed Periodontal Disease

One of the most common types of claim we see is undiagnosed periodontal disease. We understand the impact such a painful and chronic disease has on a patient, and know it can be especially frustrating if it has been undiagnosed over a long period and allowed to progress unchecked. As one of the leading firms of dental negligence solicitors in England and Wales, we’ll fight hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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How we can help

If you believe that you may have a claim against your dentist for undiagnosed periodontal disease, please contact us via our freephone number or by filling in our request a call back form. We will ensure that you get to speak quickly and directly to one of our dedicated team who can advise you on your options, free of charge.

After you first make contact, we will then:

  • Provide an analysis of your potential case
  • Advise whether you should pursue it further
  • Explore ways of funding your case with you if we believe you have a case

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What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal (gum) disease are infections of the structures around the teeth and is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis with symptoms often being swollen, bleeding gums. If left untreated, this can develop into chronic adult periodontitis, which is characterised by a breakdown of the tooth’s attachment to the gum and bone. It ultimately leads to loss of bone, mobility of the teeth, and ultimately loss of the teeth.

Dentists should be carrying out regular monitoring of the health of their patients’ gums, both by taking a history from the patient, and also by “pocket testing” – a basic periodontal examination (BPE). A failure to carry out regular BPE testing may well be negligent.

If periodontal disease is diagnosed, then the patient should be fully warned of the nature of the disease and its risks, and methods of self-prevention (better oral hygiene and giving up smoking, for example). Periodontal treatment, such as scaling, root planing and antibiotic therapy should be commenced. If there is no significant improvement a referral should be made to a periodontal specialist.

Where patients have neither been treated nor referred, and their condition has deteriorated significantly as a result, there may well be a claim for undiagnosed periodontal disease. If teeth are lost and implants are required to replace the teeth which have been lost, such a claim may have a high value.

Damages (i.e. compensation) consists of 3 main strands:

1. General damages; this is an amount which is designed to compensate you for your pain and suffering (known formally as “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”);. These awards are usually set by the court, by reference to the Judicial College Guidelines. For an approximate estimate of your general damages please refer to our dental negligence claims calculator.

2. Special damages; this largely relates to past financial losses incurred from the accident to the date of the trial, for example your past dental treatment that has been required due to the negligence, travel costs to various appointments etc

3. Future losses; as you would expect, this sets out the losses that you are likely to incur in the future, as a result of your injury. This will include the costs for treatment and travel to appointments required as a result of the negligence.

Whilst the dentist you are making a claim against has the right to refuse to continue your treatment, this does not mean that you cannot be treated by a different dentist at the same practice. However, if you would prefer to continue your treatment elsewhere, you are entitled to do so and this will not have any impact on your claim. If you need treatment whilst your claim is ongoing, for example; periodontal surgery, implants or bone grafts, it is important that you continue with this treatment. If the treatment is required due to negligence, this will be factored into your claim.

The fact you are making a claim will not affect your eligibility to join another NHS practice.

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