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Dental malpractice: recognizing the signs

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | General Personal Injury

Recognizing the signs of dental malpractice can sometimes be difficult, which is why it is critical to be informed and understand the basics of any procedures you undergo, what to expect, what is normal and what is not.

We all know that visiting the dentist is essential for maintaining good oral health. However, sometimes dental procedures go wrong. When this happens, you can suffer an injury or complications that can range from mild to life-threatening.

Let’s highlight some of the common signs that could indicate dental malpractice. While none of the signs mentioned below are a guarantee that you’ve sustained an injury, keeping the following in mind can be helpful in the event you encounter one of these issues:

Lingering pain and discomfort

After any dental procedure, it is normal to experience some level of discomfort. However, if the pain persists and worsens beyond the expected recovery period, it may be time to have someone look at it. You should also contact an attorney who handles dental malpractice cases.

Swelling and inflammation

Like pain and discomfort, you will probably swell up after a dental procedure. However, the swelling should subside within a reasonable amount of time. Excessive, persistent swelling could be a sign that something is wrong.

Damage to the nerves

This is one of the most serious complications that can stem from dental procedures because nerve damage can be permanent.

If you experience numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in areas of your face following a dental treatment, seek immediate medical attention.

Nerve damage can cause long-term complications if you do not address the problem promptly.

Unexplained bleeding

Too much bleeding is never a good sign. Although you might bleed after going to the dentist, depending on the type of procedure, there is a certain amount of bleeding you can expect as part of the recovery process.

Beyond that, if the bleeding continues, seek medical care as soon as you can. Losing too much blood can compromise your health and, in extreme cases, require blood transfusions.

Loose or damaged teeth

If you go into the dentist’s office with a tooth that is neither loose nor damaged and leave with the same tooth feeling like it’s going to fall off, it might be a sign that something is wrong.

Sometimes, during dental procedures, a dentist may accidentally hit an unintended nerve, which can cause a tooth to become loose or fall off, and that is never a good sign. Immediately seek help to confirm that the procedure did not accidentally compromise your teeth.

Infections and abscesses

These are much more common than people think and can also range from mild to severe. If, after a dental procedure, you experience persistent pain, swelling, discharge of pus from the treated area, a fever or any other symptom that does not make sense, get prompt treatment. Preventing the spread of an infection is critical where an infection is present.

Recognizing the signs of dental malpractice is crucial for protecting your overall health, not just your oral health. A poorly done dental procedure can compromise more than just your mouth.

You should remain alert after all procedures, seek medical attention as soon as you identify anything that may be abnormal or unusual and consider seeking legal advice from a qualified professional. Remember, your oral health matters, and you deserve the best possible care from your dentist.