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Dental Negligence

Dental Negligence & Infection: The Hidden Dangers

Dental negligence can cause hidden infections. Protect your health.

Dental negligence and infection are two intertwined issues that can have serious repercussions for patients. While most dental procedures are carried out safely and competently, instances of negligence can lead to infections, causing significant pain, discomfort, and long-term health complications.

The Scope of Dental Negligence in the UK

Dental negligence encompasses a wide range of errors or omissions that fall below the accepted standard of care. This can include misdiagnosis, delayed or incorrect treatment, failure to obtain informed consent, and poor hygiene practices.

A recent report by the Dental Complaints Service (DCS) revealed a concerning rise in complaints related to dental negligence. These complaints often involve issues such as nerve damage, infections, and unsatisfactory outcomes of cosmetic procedures.

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Infection: A Common Consequence of Dental Negligence

One of the most prevalent consequences of dental negligence is infection. When dental procedures are not performed correctly or when proper hygiene protocols are not followed, bacteria can enter the body and cause infections.

These infections can range from mild gum infections to more severe conditions like abscesses, osteomyelitis (bone infection), and even sepsis (a life-threatening condition). In some cases, infections can spread beyond the oral cavity and affect other parts of the body.

Types of Dental Infections

Periodontal Infections

Periodontal infections, also known as gum disease, are among the most common dental infections. These infections occur when bacteria accumulate in the gums, leading to inflammation and damage to the surrounding tissues.

If left untreated, periodontal infections can progress and lead to tooth loss and other health complications.

Endodontic Infections

Endodontic infections occur inside the tooth, usually as a result of untreated tooth decay or trauma. These infections can cause severe pain, swelling, and abscess formation.

Root canal treatment is often necessary to remove the infected tissue and save the tooth.

Post-Surgical Infections

Dental surgeries, such as tooth extractions or implant placements, can sometimes lead to post-surgical infections. These infections can occur due to poor surgical techniques, inadequate sterilization, or compromised immune systems.

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Identifying and Treating Dental Infections

Early detection and treatment of dental infections are crucial to prevent complications. Symptoms of dental infections can include:

  • Pain and swelling in the gums or surrounding tissues
  • Redness and bleeding gums
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Fever or chills

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek prompt dental care. Your dentist will assess the situation and recommend appropriate treatment, which may include antibiotics, root canal therapy, or surgical intervention.

Preventing Dental Infections: Patient Responsibility

While dentists are responsible for providing safe and competent care, patients also play a role in preventing dental infections. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing regularly, can significantly reduce the risk of infections.

Additionally, attending regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help identify and address any potential issues before they escalate into infections.

Making a Medical Negligence Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we recognize the profound impact that medical negligence, including dental negligence and resulting infections, can have on individuals and their families. If you’ve suffered harm due to dental errors, misdiagnosis, or substandard care, our team is dedicated to supporting you. We can connect you with specialist solicitors from our panel who are experienced in helping victims of medical negligence navigate the complexities of the legal process and pursue the compensation you deserve.

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We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your specific situation. We’ll listen attentively to your experience, carefully review your medical and dental records, and assess the circumstances surrounding your injury or infection, and connect you with a solicitor from our panel who will be able to assist you with your claim.

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National Claims firmly believes that financial constraints should not prevent you from seeking justice. That’s why we operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. You won’t be required to pay any upfront legal fees, and our fees are contingent upon the successful outcome of your claim. This approach allows you to pursue your case without incurring unnecessary financial burden.

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