Dental Implant Claims & Dental Implant Negligence
In the event you experience negligent work from a Dental professional whilst receiving dental implants, then you are entitled to make a Dental Implant Claim for financial compensation.
Dental Implants are quite an invasive form of Cosmetic Dentistry and from time to time things can go wrong. Common complications surrounding dental implants which may lead to a Dental Implant Negligence Claim include:
- Penetration of the sinus nerve
- Nerve damage
- Incorrect implant positioning
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Loosening of the implant due to failure to fuse to the bone.
- Implants embedded at the wrong angle in the jaw
- Failure to properly asses a patient’s medical history before surgery
Dental implants require precise planning and should only be carried out by a dentist with the specific qualifications and experience in this type of treatment.
If the treatment fails, or you the treatment was ‘unsatisfactory’, or worse, you have been left in pain and suffering or in ill-health due to some form of infection, then the likelihood is that you are within your rights to make an injury claim for compensation.
The Cosmetic Dentistry Claims team at Grieves Solicitors are part of our larger Dental Malpractice team and have many years' of experience in helping people recover and claim compensation following negligent actions by a dentist.
Call us on 0800 074 7644 or fill out one of our online contact forms and we'll be happy to discuss the circumstances of your case.
What is involved in getting implants?
The process of getting dental implants installed involves quite a lot of different processes. It doesn’t happen overnight and is a commitment that you must be prepared to undertake if you are serious about them.
Before the procedure can even commence, your dentist should spend a considerable amount of time preparing you for the process. This will typically involve a medical health check to ensure you are eligible for the procedure, as well as an examination of your teeth to determine whether dental implants are right for you.
You should always ensure that your dentist has experience with dental implants, as the procedure is very invasive and requires a lot of expertise in order for things to go smoothly.
The first stage of the procedure involves drilling a hole in the jawbone to make space for the implant to go in. Once inserted, the implant will fuse with the jawbone making it possible for your dentist to fit you with the crowns.
Although it may not seem like a lot, the entire process does take time and is often completed in 2 or more sessions. Whilst your jawbone heals the crowns cannot be fitted so you must wait a considerable period of time for the implants to fuse with the bone.
If done right, the implants should last you a lifetime, whereas the crowns should ideally be replaced every 10 to 12 years, depending on how well you take care of them.
Dental implant negligence
Although, in most cases where correct procedures are followed the patient shouldn’t encounter any problems during the healing process, there are occasional instances of issues occurring due to dental negligence.
If your dentist doesn’t have the level of experience required or simply doesn’t follow the correct procedures, and as result, you are left with implants that aren’t what you expected or are causing you pain and suffering, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Since the procedure of getting dental implants installed is rather costly, the amount of compensation you can expect to receive is typically higher for the 'financial losses' element of the compensation award.
How much you actually receive can vary, depending on the severity of your case and the factors surrounding it. It’s impossible to predict how much you can expect your claim to be worth without knowing all the details surrounding your case.
Dental implant claims rise by 41%
There are an estimated 10,000 dental implant undertaken in the UK each year and in recent years there have been approximately 100 reported chronic nerve injuries resulting from these procedures
According to a study published in the digital journal of the Dental Defence Union, dental implant compensation claims increased by 41% between 2009 and 2013 when compared to the previous 5 years. The most common reason for a claim was ‘failure of treatment’.
Contact Grieves’ Solicitors today on 0800 074 7644 to discuss your situation.
What evidence is needed for a dental implant claim?
A successful claim relies on the presentation of specific evidence, so it is important to keep as much documentation as you can.
There are also standard time limits in place for any medical or dental negligence claim. At present these limits are:
- three years from the day the dental negligence occurred
- in some cases, three years from the date you became aware of the negligence
- three years from a patient’s 18th birthday if the negligence occurred before the age of 18
Although dental implants are growing increasingly popular, they require a lot of planning and the procedure of getting them installed is extremely invasive. A lot can go wrong, which is why making sure that you do plenty of research prior to agreeing to anything can greatly minimise the risks of problems occurring.
Since dental implants are quite costly, if you’re going to invest money in them you want things to go as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
If you believe your dentist was negligent during a dental implant procedure, you could be entitled to compensation, depending on the severity of your case and the factors surrounding it.
Call us on 0800 074 7644 and we will be happy to discuss the circumstances of your case.
Our team of highly trained specialists have worked on a variety of dental negligence cases over the years, including dental implant claims, which is why we can help get you the money that you deserve.