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    If you have experienced dental injury as a result of undiagnosed gum disease (also known as periodontal disease), our specialist dental negligence solicitors are here to help you find out the truth of what happened and get your smile back through a claim for compensation.

    You may have found your gum disease was only discovered when you visited a new dentist, perhaps as a result of your original dentist retiring, or that issues you raised were ignored. As a result, you may have experienced mobility in your teeth, you may have lost teeth, or you may have lost bone from your jaw.

    Whatever happened to you, our team can help you to make a claim for dental negligence compensation that will help you to pay for whatever restorative treatment you may need.

    If you want to find out more about periodontal disease and dental negligence, take a look at our guide here >>

    Our team are always keen to ensure you fully understand the dental claims process. Periodontal claims are the most common, and sometimes the most significant in terms of injury, that we work on and we have a great deal of experience helping individuals get the compensation they deserve.

    Find out more about the claims process below:

    How long will it take to make a claim?

    Generally, if you bring a claim concerning undiagnosed periodontal disease it should conclude between 18-30 months after the first time you contact us. However, each case is different and this may vary dependent on the facts.

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

    The compensation you may receive will vary depending on what injury you sustain. For example, if you lose several teeth because of undiagnosed periodontal disease, you will receive more compensation than if you only require periodontal treatment and scaling.

    Compensation received following a successful claim for dental negligence will be comprised of:

    • an award for pain and suffering – this will compensate you for any pain you have endured, and also things like inconvenience, social effects (such as embarrassment) and any changes in your eating or sleeping habits.
    • an award for future treatment costs – for example, if you require an implant to replace a tooth lost as a result of undiagnosed periodontal disease. We will also take into account the future maintenance costs for any treatment you may require, including future specialist appointments.
    • past loss – this may include past prescription costs, travel or dental treatment. For instance, if you had to repeatedly travel to a specialist appointment as a result of dental negligence, the cost of this will likely be recoverable.

    A dentist failed to diagnose periodontal disease, but they have since retired. Can you sue a retired dentist?

    You can sue a retired dentist, as long as your claim is not statute barred.

    By law, all dentists must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), and must have appropriate indemnity and insurance arrangements in place; this allows patients to seek any compensation they may be entitled to.

    Therefore, even after a dentist retires they will still be responsible for the treatment which was carried out when they were practising as a dentist.

    “Having recently been successful in my Dental Negligence Claim, I can’t speak highly enough of the team at Royds Withy King. I was kept well informed throughout and was provided with excellent advice. If you are considering pursuing a claim I would definitely recommend contacting them”

    Lisa Ashworth on TrustPilot

    How long do I have to make a claim?

    You have three years to bring a claim of dental negligence, from the date of negligence or knowledge of it, under the laws concerning ‘limitation’ in England and Wales. These laws state that a claimant must issue court proceedings within this time period, or else their claim would be statute barred.

    Generally, we would advise you to contact us at least six months before the limitation period in your case is due to end. However, this can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis; if you believe that your limitation period may expire soon, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.


    “My dental negligence claim was dealt with in a very professional matter. I was kept informed and advised all the way through the proceedings to its successful conclusion. I had my doubts about pursuing the claim at first but I’m very glad I did. I can say it was stress free. Would highly recommend.”

    David Wrigley on TrustPilot

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