August 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Dental implants are one of the major procedures that an individual may have performed when they have lost a tooth. Dental implants have advantages over other types of corrective procedures, such as dentures or bridgework, which were common in the past few decades. Implants look like the patient's other teeth, which makes it the most cosmetically appealing procedure available. Additionally, the implant is usually much more stable, which can improve eating and speaking abilities.
There are several steps required whenever a person decides to get dental implants, and a mistake at any stage of the process could have a very serious impact and lead to potential dental malpractice claims
Implants require extensive preplanning to ensure that the patient is right for this treatment. Dentists also need to create new crowns based on the individual's existing teeth, and if the measurements are not exact, this could cause the individual to experience a great deal of discomfort.
Dental implants are installed by inserting a screw into the patient's jawbone. The jaw will then fuse itself around the screw while healing, providing the tooth with the base it needs to support all necessary functions. After this has healed, another attachment is placed on the screw that has been inserted into the jaw. The false tooth, or crown, is then placed on the attachment.
As with any medical procedure, dental implants can lead to major problems if not performed correctly. From the preplanning stages until the very end, when the tooth is attached, any errors can lead to serious health problems. Infections may develop at the site of the screw. The jawbone may not heal properly, leading to pain when the individual eats or talks.
In addition, the correct type of implant should be used to replace the tooth in question. Some implants are designed for stabilization of removable appliances such as dentures or partials, and should not be used as a replacement for single teeth. In that circumstance, the implant may not be sufficiently stable in the jaw, leading to the need to remove the implant.
These issues often result in the patient needing to undergo additional procedures to correct the problems. While waiting for the issues to be resolved, the individual will likely be in severe pain, which can have a serious impact on his or her quality of life.
You should not have to suffer in serious pain for someone else's mistakes. If you have been a victim of dental malpractice, speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about the options that are available to you. An attorney will be familiar with the challenges that can arise during dental malpractice cases, and will know what needs to be done to establish that the dentist was negligent.
It will often be necessary to use experts to determine if the dentist met the standard of care that was owed to you. This is difficult information for a jury to digest, and it is important to work with someone who knows how to present your claims in a way that is easy to understand.
Article provided by Miller & Ogorchock, S.C. Attorneys at Law
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