Our Solicitor Members Bring Actions in Dental Cosmetic Negligence for Patients.
Claim in Cosmetic Dental Negligence…
Cosmetic dentistry is often marketed as a “solution” to peoples smile problems. However, most dentists would say that having a solid foundation of healthy teeth and regular routine of good oral hygiene is far more important. In fact the need to have a solid foundation of healthy teeth and gums is often overlooked by some clinics. This can lead to all manner of problems.
Nobody can afford to waste money on expensive dental procedures that are not going to last. The pursuit of these perfect smile treatments then, can turn into a Cosmetic dental negligence claim which can be a traumatic experience. Pursuing a dental cosmetic negligence claim can result in compensation for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment as well as treatment costs to put things right.
You will also recieve expenses and refunds for what has gone wrong, enabling you to pay for any further treatment required due to the negligence you have suffered, and helping to ease the pain and suffering of your ordeal. There may also be future costs to cope with in any dental cosmetic negligene claim. The fact that your corrective treatments will require both a fee for annual maintanence is not unique to cosmetic claims but for future treatment for such things as implants and crowns that may also need replacing. It is crucial that you have an expert identify these costs or you may seriously under settle your claim.
What Are Cosmetic Dental Procedures
- crown and bridgework issues
- dental surgical gum re-contouring
- cosmetic veneers (including composite veneers)
- Cosmetic bleaching/tooth whitening/polishing
- replacements for amalgam fillings
- implants and associated treatments.
Cosmetic dentistry or Cosmetic Dental Surgery frequently includes a range of procedures such as those, above however, we are aware that the range of techniques available is constantly changing. The Maryland Bridge (now all but discontinued across much of the world) was very much in vogue when we began dental negligence work in the early 2000’s however, now these devices are all but extinct. It is inevitable then, that if we publish a list of cosmetic dental surgical techniques and cosmetic problems or failures associated with cosmetic devices that it will be almost instantly out of date. If you have undertaken a procedure that is not listed below and you suspect Dental cosmetic negligence call we will almost certainly be able to assist. If you get lost among this detail just return to the dental negligence homepage and you will be able to find your way again.
What Goes Wrong in Cosmetic Dentistry?
The biggest single contributor to Cosmetic Dental Negligence Compensation is the presence of a psychiatric or psychological injury. These are separate injuries within dental cosmetic negligence and frequently take the form in the patient of a change in personality or in behavior.
These behavioral changes often accompany a bout of depression. For Dental Claims on a No Win No Fee basis they often mean two very important things. Firstly they significantly raise the value of the claim and secondly they inevitably mean that further medical evidence is required in the form of a psychiatric or psychological report.
This often means a claim is slowed down but rightly so as the value and the importance of the claim considerably increases.
For the patient who has suffered cosmetic dental negligence, the damage is more important that compensation. The treatments are ruinious to thier lives, changing thier social orientation and making them a recluse in thier own homes.
Cosmetic Dental Negligence Frequently Asked Questions…
Few areas of dental negligence derive as many questions concerning the technicalities of surgery as cosmetic dental negligence and within dental negligence there are few specialisms that demand so much in terms of expert evidence. It is little wonder that enquiries surrounding cosmetic surgery of any kind take time. Our members are perfectly happy to take whatever time it takes to get your instructions clear and to fully explore the issues that you have been through, of course these things are difficult over the phone and it is inevitable that not all of the detail can be obtained in one go, however, please do not be afraid to make contact, these processes are not quick but they are not unpleasant and our members are not difficult to talkt to. In order to assist you understand the sort of thing that our members do we have listed below as many of the regularly occurring questions that we can simply click on the blue / green banners to access the answers.
Can I get on with getting my teeth fixed or should I stop treatment
Will I have to go to another dentist to get a report done?
Will my teeth be fixed as part of the claim
Will the claim cost me anything?
How much is a Cosmetic Dental Negligence claim worth?
Our panel Solicitors all have to agree the same transparent and fair funding agreement. They can never charge you more than 20% of your winnings and cannot pass on insurance charges. If you lose the claim, there is no charges at all. The best lawyers and the best deal.
Cosmetic Dental Negligence and Implant Claims..
Implant Claims cross many areas of specialist practice. They are typically used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of the smile by allowing the dental surgeon to neatly position crowns for the maximum effect. In restorative dentistry they are the treatment of choice to replace missing teeth or badly decayed teeth and they can prevent tooth drifting from position and also slow or even stop underlying bone loss. In the whole, cosmetic treatments involving implants are the definitely on the rise and they typically appear in cosmetic dental negligence claims.
1. Cosmetic Dental – Tooth Whitening
The natural colour of our teeth varies greatly from person to person. In addition, our lifestyle can also have an impact. Tea, coffee and red wine are all known to cause staining when consumed on a regular basis, as is smoking tobacco. Professional tooth whitening by a dentist is much more effective than using a home whitening kit, and is also by far the safer option. Rarely does Tooth Whitening form a basis for a claim in Cosmetic Dental Negligence alone. It can form part of a wider range of treatments.
2. Cosmetic Veneers
Veneers are very similar to false nails, except that they last much longer and are usually completely invisible. A custom-made wafer-thin layer of porcelain is applied to the front of the tooth to restore its natural shape. The veneer is especially coloured to be as close as possible to your natural teeth. Typically Cosmetic Dental Negligence claims arise as a consequence of poor colour matching, failed installation and chipping.
3. Cosmetic Dental Crowns
For a single missing, discoloured or damaged tooth, a crown is often the ideal option. A crown is essentially an artificial tooth that is fitted over the remaining part of the tooth and looks just like the real thing. If you are missing the entire tooth, crowns are still an option, but you may also require a dental implant. See below for more.
4. Cosmetic Dental implants
A dental implant is a replacement root usually made out of titanium, which has the unique ability to bond with the bone to give you the firmest possible mount for replacement teeth. Implants can be used to support anything from a single crown or bridge to a complete new set of teeth.
The Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Treatments
One Final Thing!
We would suggest that if you are contemplating instructing a Solicitor (in any action – not just cosmetic dental negligence) but you are a bit concerned about calling or emailing – for whatever reason, then write down every particular about what has happened to you. Put down dates and times and names of people involved. Then months from now when you change your mind and do contact a Solicitor – you will have the details. Many claims are never brought because the patients simply forget the details and are too embarrased to contact a lawyer to discuss. Get them on paper and if you never use them no harm done.
- NHS dental oral care
- NHS England C-19 page
- Dental Care and Guide
- Periodontal Disease
- Dental Implant Claims
- Funding a Cosmetic Dental Negligence Claim
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