What is Dental Malpractice?
Just like doctors, dentists can make serious medical errors. This can occur even if the dentist is an oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, or one of the other dental specialties. When a healthcare professional makes an error, whether they practice standard medical care or dental, it could cause painful and costly injuries to the patient. If your dentist harms you, you may have a dental malpractice case on your hands.
There are a number of different issues that warrant a dental malpractice case. As with any other doctor, patients should be able to expect a certain standard of care from their dentist that equals that of other competent dentists of their same caliber. All dentists must keep their offices clean and disease-free, and they also must adhere to the standards of care (safety rules) for each procedure for each patient, providing professional and skilled dental care for the condition they are addressing. If your dentist does not exhibit the skill, expertise, or care you may legally expect is your due,and you are injured, you may be eligible for compensation.
Dentists who provide patients with any unwarranted treatments or bill for work not performed may also be held accountable for their actions. Patients should be given sufficient information regarding any procedure before the dentist continues with the proposed treatment. In some situations, dentists have failed to inform their patients about all available treatment options, and the risks associated with each possible treatment, thus having a patient be surprised when injured during a procedure they may not have chosen if knowledgeable.
Dentists go to dental school for four years after college. Once they graduate dental school they are permitted by law to perform any dental procedure. However, some dentists choosing to specialize may go to graduate dental school in one of the recognized specialty areas of dentistry: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Oral Medicine, Dental Anesthesia or Pedadontics. Sometimes general dentists take it upon themselves to perform procedures best referred to a specialist, without discussing this with the patient. When doing so, they are held to the standard of care of the specialty.
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