Dental Malpractice

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Dental malpractice is negligent practices by dental health care professionals. Negligence may occur not only during dental procedures but also when a dentist fails to notice additional health problems.
Some situations that have resulted in dental malpractice claims include:

  • Failure to detect and diagnose oral cancer or periodontal disease
  • Nerve damage inflicted to the lips, jaw or tongue
  • Incorrect crown and bridge prostheses
  • Infection as a result of improper use of dental tools
  • Wrongful death as a result of anesthesia

In some cases, a malpractice claim results from a dental professional intentionally taking advantage of insurance compensation. In these cases, a dentist will follow through with unnecessary exams and dental procedures in order to collect higher compensation.