Good dental hygiene is crucial to our appearance and general health, making
the impact of dental malpractice all the more devastating. But dental
malpractice receives little public attention compared to other types of
medical malpractice. The public needs to be aware that, as with any medical
procedure, malpractice can and does occur at the dentist’s office as well.
Dental Malpractice Statistics
According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, malpractice
is more common among certain types of dental procedures requiring more
complicated processes or intensive surgeries. Consequently, dentists may
be more prone to make mistakes during these treatments in comparison to
other, more simple procedures.
For example, dental malpractice is the most common in the field of dentistry
called Prosthodontics, comprising 28 percent of all dental malpractice
claims. Prosthodontics involves tooth replacement, typically requiring
some type of tooth extraction. Prosthodontic treatments may include dentures
and bridges, since dentists working in this field deal with some of the
consequences of missing teeth, making it a little more difficult to treat patients.
Seventeen percent of all dental malpractice claims involve the practice
of Endodontics, a type of dentistry which works inside teeth, dealing
with the pulp and root of the tooth. The field of Endodontics includes
root canal procedures, which are particularly painful and affect the nerves.
Restorative dentistry procedures involve veneers, fillings, and similar
treatments that deal with the damage problems that cavities can cause.
This dental field accounts for 16 percent of call dental malpractice claims.
The legal requirements for proving a medical malpractice case arising out
of a dental procedure are, for the most part, the same as those in any
medical malpractice case against a health care provider. In order to prove
a dental malpractice lawsuit, a patient must prove three basic elements:
- dentist-patient relationship
- negligence, and
- harm caused by the negligence
Dental negligence occurs when a dentist fails to provide the quality of
care that other reasonably competent dentists would have provided under
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Victims of dental malpractice may be compensated for their medical bills,
lost wages, and any mental and/or physical pain and suffering caused by
their dentist’s negligence. However, it will likely take at least
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