Few people can say that they enjoy a visit to the dentist. Most people associate the dentist with scraping, pulling, poking, and pain and have little desire to go despite the fact that oral health care is imperative for overall bodily health. Even if patients dread going to the dentist’s office, they still trust that the dentist, dental hygienists, and other dental professionals will exercise extreme caution and a significant level of care for their oral health.
Unfortunately, many people leave the dentist’s office in more pain than when they entered because of mistakes and negligence on the part of the dental staff. If your dentist has failed to uphold a reasonable standard of care with your treatment, you may be a victim of dental malpractice and may be eligible for compensation for your losses. You may be able to pursue a dental malpractice case if you have suffered from any of the following:
- Nerve injuries in the tongue, mouth, lips, chin, or jaw
- Infections in the teeth, gums, or jaw
- Loss of sensation
- Unnecessary tooth extraction
- Surgery errors
- Improper use of anesthesia
- Failure to diagnose or properly treat diseases or other conditions
- Injuries from treatment by an unlicensed dentist
- Treatment beyond informed consent
Because of the extensive education and training that is required to enter any medical profession, dental professionals have the responsibility to treat their patients thoroughly and without error. Whether your injuries result from faulty tools, a negligent dentist, or improper behavior by a dental hygienist, you should not be forced to suffer for your losses.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries because of the negligent actions of a dentist or dental worker, contact the Iowa medical malpractice lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your legal options.