Dental implants have become commonplace and are used by thousands of people every year. While implant surgery is typically considered safe, mistakes can be made which can cause injuries. In one recent case, a woman implant patient claims that she was left with injuries after implant surgery was improperly done. The surgery left her with large gaps between her teeth and pain that required additional care. The woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County against the dentist and A Center for Dental Implants in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Dental implants are often utilized to replace missing or badly damaged teeth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw where it will then be covered with a tooth and crown. Dental implants look very much like regular teeth and once they are properly placed they are considered permanent. People may get just one implant but they are also utilized instead of partial or full dentures. Dental implants require a special surgical procedure. Typically, all implants can be completed at the same time.
Implants Went Wrong
The woman in this case claims that the dentist improperly aligned the implants, causing gaps between the teeth. The teeth should be touching each other, however, in her situation, the teeth were irregularly spaced. Also, the implants were painful. Generally, pain from implants will subside rather quickly and will not be serious. The woman claims that the dentist was negligent by failing to perform the procedure properly.
Dentists, just like doctors, are held to a high standard of care. They must provide proper treatment to their patients because of their experience and education. Neglectful care means that the medical professional knew that the care provided was not adequate and could cause harm to the patient. Neglect can be caused by something that the dentist did as well as something that he failed to do. For example, the failure to diagnose a medical condition may possibly be considered malpractice. In this situation, the dentist is accused of malpractice because of the failed treatment that was given.
Injuries Were Sustained
When we choose to get dental implants we expect that the result will be a stunning new smile. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The woman received dental care over a period of five years, during which time the dentist likely tried to correct the mistakes that he had made. During this time the woman was not able to finish her dental care and therefore her teeth were still not complete. In addition, the woman had quite a bit of pain associated with the botched implant surgery. When injuries such as this are sustained, the patient is entitled to compensation to cover additional dental treatments to correct the problem. Also, when the injury caused pain, the patient may also be able to collect money for pain and suffering and other damages. If you were injured because of substandard dental work, contact Levin & Perconti to learn more about your options.
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