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There is something about dental care, especially oral surgery, that can be especially scary for patients. Dental implants are growing in popularity as people suffer from tooth loss and other dental problems. You may have wanted dental implant oral surgery to help you get the confidence back when you smile or the freedom to eat what you want without fear. Unfortunately, there are things that can happen as a result of dental implant malpractice. This article will help you better understand dental implants and the negligence that can lead to devastating complications.

What are Dental Implants?

Close up of dental implant prior to adding toothDental implants are a popular alternative to options like dentures because these more closely resemble your natural teeth. Dental implants are actually artificial teeth that are implanted directly into the jawbone, bonding to the bone as you recover from surgery. This makes them stronger and more durable than some other treatment options. These are also often used to support bridges and dentures to give them better durability and stability. This is a great option for people who want to have a nice and natural-looking smile.

The technology for these dental implants surgeries has dramatically changed over the years, with new techniques like the all-on-four options. Unfortunately, there are still issues that can arise as a result of dental implant malpractice.

What is Dental Implant Medical Malpractice?

It’s important to know that there’s a difference between suffering from common side effects of this type of oral surgery and an injury that was caused by medical malpractice. There are just cases where an injury was completely unavoidable. However, there are several examples of what actually constitutes dental implant malpractice, including:

  • Failure to diagnose conditions like oral cancer or gum disease
  • Improperly administering anesthesia
  • Failure to properly treat an infection, like peri-implantitis
  • Any missed diagnosis of infection
  • A procedure that was either poorly planned or executed
  • Performing the wrong oral surgery on the wrong patient
  • Not properly sterilizing or cleaning the space or tools.
  • Failed implants
  • Jaw instability or bone loss
  • Unnecessary removal of healthy teeth
  • Treatment that isn’t appropriate for your symptoms
  • Teeth that are misaligned
  • Nerve damage that was caused because the implant was placed improperly
  • Not giving informed consent

These are just some of the most common examples of dental implant malpractice that can occur. These can cause injuries of varying severity, depending on your specific case.

Injuries Caused by Dental Medical Malpractice

As with any serious surgery, oral surgery does have some natural risks and side effects. However, these are some injuries that are often as a result of dental malpractice:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Damage to other surrounding teeth
  • Bacterial infections, like peri-implantitis
  • Nerve damage, which can lead to pain or numbness
  • Damage to the sinuses or blood vessels
  • Bone necrosis
  • Implant penetrating the outer jawbone, causing infection and implant failure
  • Persistent sensations of burning and numbness in the chin, lips, and gums
  • Chronic sinusitis

These are complications that are mostly avoidable if the dentist and their team practiced due care. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have a case for dental implant malpractice.

Hiring a Dental Implant Medical Malpractice Attorney

It’s important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible if you think you were a victim of dental implant malpractice. The sooner that you get a lawyer involved, the sooner you can find out if you have a case and get started on it. The first thing to address here is what you need to file a claim and prove malpractice. The things that you need to prove are:

  • You were actually in the care of the dentist you are suing.
  • How the procedure and the after-care were supposed to be handled.
  • What in the procedure or after-care went wrong to cause injury.
  • How extensive these injuries are.

There is evidence that you can present to a lawyer to determine whether or not you have a viable case against your dentist. This evidence includes:

  • Medical records, including getting a second opinion from another dentist.
  • Any physical evidence, such as video or photographs, that can prove any injury or disfigurement.
  • Any correspondence that you may have with your dentist, including their instructions and any forms that you may have signed for them. Be sure that you take highly detailed notes of your correspondence as well throughout this process.
  • Written statements from co-workers, friends, or family that can attest to how your injuries have impacted your life.

You also have the option to find out if you know anyone else who has been a patient at the dentist to see if they have also suffered from injuries due to dental malpractice.

It’s also important to know that there is a statute of limitations on dental malpractice in Florida. The case must be filed within 2 years from the date of injury or when the injury was discovered, however, it cannot exceed 7 years of the occurrence of the dental malpractice. This short time frame is one reason why it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to take a look at your case.

When you contact a lawyer, they will take a close look at all of the evidence that you have presented them to determine whether or not you have a case. If you do have a case, they immediately get started and perform their own investigation to make sure that every detail of your case is covered. The goal is to get you the compensation that you deserve for the severity of your damages.


Contact Us Today

Our firm has a great deal of experience when it comes to dealing with dental implant malpractice claims. This experience helps us ensure that we offer the best level of representation for our clients. We work closely with each of our individual clients to determine what they deserve, and we fight for them. You need someone with experience and knowledge that has your best interests at heart. If you were injured as a result of dental malpractice, contact us today to see how we can help you.

The Injury Firm

1608 East Commercial Blvd. 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000


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