Doctors are not the only medical professionals that are held to a high standard of care. Dentists are also required to provide proper care to their patients. When they fail to do so, they could be held responsible for medical negligence. Recently a case was filed against a dental practice and two dentists alleging that negligent care led to injuries. The man filed a lawsuit against Archer Dental Specialists Inc. and American Dental Associates, Ltd. as well as two dentists.
Negligent Dental Care
The man in this case claims that the dentists improperly fit him with dentures. The dentures caused several dental implants to be pulled out of the man’s jaw. Dentures are supposed to be fitted and adjusted to make sure that they have the proper fit and they are not painful. In this case, the dentures were so ill-fitted that they actually pulled out dental implants that were permanent fixtures.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are permanently implanted into the jaw. They are often used to anchor partial dentures or other dental devices. Dental implants are installed using a surgical procedure. Once the implants are installed they typically some time to completely heal. Once healed, they are completed with covers that look just like real teeth. The implants are designed to remain in the mouth permanently. They are cared for just like natural teeth.
Painful and Costly Results
The dentists in this case were negligent by being unable to properly fit the man’s dentures. When the dentures pulled the man’s implants out they caused serious pain and damage. Implants are attached to the jawbone and therefore pulling or loosening them would result in severe pain. Not only that, but dental implants are quite expensive. Once implants are removed in such a manner they may not be able to be replaced. This could cause the man to require full dentures rather than partial dentures.
Denture Fitting and Adjustments
Dentures require a great deal of fitting to ensure that they are properly aligned in the mouth. They must fit precisely in all areas, including where they attach to the permanent or implanted teeth. Dentures must be adjusted to ensure adequate fit. The failure to properly fit and adjust dentures may be considered negligent if it results in severe injuries as in this case.
When we visit the dentist we certainly expect them to provide professional treatment. If that does not occur, it may be possible to seek monetary compensation for serious injuries that resulted from the negligent care. The plaintiff in this case is likely seeking damages that include money for dental implants, compensation for the time spent getting dental treatment and money for pain and suffering. The man may also have suffered permanent injuries since his jaw may no longer be able to support dental implant replacements.
If you or a family member were seriously hurt because of the negligence of a dentist, call the legal team at Levin & Perconti to set up a consultation.
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