Can I Sue a Dentist or Oral Surgeon for Bad Dental Work? By Larry A. Tawwater on September 15, 2023

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Dental work can do wonders for your oral health and general wellness. However, dentists can make mistakes, and those errors could result in severe pain and even more serious medical issues.

It is possible to sue a dentist or oral surgeon for bad dental work. It’s important to consult with the team at The Tawwater Law Firm for assistance with these cases.

Our team of Oklahoma City, OK, medical and dental malpractice attorneys would like to discuss some important issues to know when it comes to these kinds of cases.

What You Should Know About Dental Malpractice Lawsuits

Dental malpractice cases still generally have the same type of criteria as medical negligence cases. That means the plaintiff (and our attorneys) must demonstrate that a dental health professional failed to meet a standard of care. In failing to meet this standard of care, the dental professional’s actions caused an injury that involved damages.

Examples of Dental Malpractice

Dental malpractice can take different forms. Let’s note a few potential examples.

Suing for Bad or Botched Oral Surgery

Failed bone grafting, gum grafting, or cosmetic dentistry work could be grounds for a dental malpractice lawsuit. In these cases, the poor dental care and oral surgery necessitate additional procedures and potentially medical treatment to correct the mistake. Our Oklahoma City lawyer can help you seek damages for the cost of any additional dental work or medical care you require.

Lawsuits for Anesthesia Errors During Dental Work

Sedation is supposed to promote calmness and relaxation during a dental procedure. Improperly administered anesthesia could cause a myriad of health problems, including allergic reactions. Too little anesthesia could also lead to a patient being conscious or feeling pain during their dental work.

Toxic Shock Syndrome During Dentistry Procedures

When you have an untreated dental infection, it could result in the formation of a dental abscess. This applies to both gum disease and root canal infections. If a dentist, periodontist, or endodontist ruptures the abscess during their work, the bacteria could enter the bloodstream, resulting in toxic shock syndrome. This can lead to comas and even prove fatal.

Failure to Diagnose Oral Cancer

Any oral lesions or sores could be indications of oral cancer. A dentist ought to screen for oral cancer as soon as possible so treatment can be performed in a timely manner. Failure to screen for oral cancer or diagnose it in early stages could be grounds for a lawsuit.

Why You Need a Lawyer on Your Side

Proving negligence by a health care professional can be challenging. The same goes for negotiating settlements when dental professionals are involved.

When you have The Tawwater Law Firm on your side, you’ll be able to rest easy. Our legal team has a strong reputation in Oklahoma for fighting high-powered interests and championing the needs of the average person. We can seek a better settlement for you and your family, and we will not hesitate to take your case all the way to trial.

Set Up a Free Legal Consultation

To set up a free consultation to discuss your dental malpractice case, contact our law firm in Oklahoma City.

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To schedule a consultation at our Oklahoma City-based firm, please contact us online or call (405) 607-1400.

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