Cosmetic Dental Negligence

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Cosmetic Dental Appearance and Bringing a Claim

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 and 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.

What Are Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Common treatments

  • 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surgical techniques and cosmetic problems or failures associated with cosmetic devices that it will be almost instantly out of date.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. 

What Goes Wrong in Cosmetic Dentistry?

The biggest single contributor to Cosmetic Dental 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 the damage is more important that just compensation, it often is ruinious to thier lives, changing thier social orientation and making them a recluse in thier own homes.

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Frequently Asked Questions…

Few areas of 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. 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

Generally no lawyer, at least no good lawyer, is likely to ask you to pause treatment while they undertake thier work, however, it is the case that they will typically advise you to have a good set of notes prepared if you change your treatment provider. it is simply best to have the current positon preserved both in the clinical records and by photos and radiology (x-rays) this is not usually a problem as ultimately radiology is necessary for the planning stage of any treatment.

Will I have to go to another dentist to get a report done?

Eventually it is likely that you will have to attend an expert so that they can look at the damage done and then assess how much it is going to cost to put this write. It is appreciated that you already no doubt, have a dentist you trust who will do this, however, the reports necessary are very complex and have to be prepared in a way that is acceptable to the courts. Not every dentist can do this and it is a science of its own. Dental – Legal experts are few and far between and it would be foolish to try and avoid thier services.

Will my teeth be fixed as part of the claim

Ultimately, you are free to have you treatment done, or not done if you wish with the compensation that the claim brings. Most people opt to have a few years off cosmetic treatment post recovery and this is perfectly understandable. Nor are you obliged to have that treatment done at the Defendant surgery – you may have work done wherever and whenever you please, or not at all.

Will the claim cost me anything?

Law Med Panel members will charge you 20% of the recovered compensation, they will never charge you more than that and they will never charge you for insurance. Your claim will be run by a Solicitor and not a unqualified clerk or paralegal (litigation executives as they are sometimes called).

How much is the claim worth?

It is no easy thing to say at the outset how much any claim will settle for, anyone who tries is simply oversimplifying. A typical claim involving several teeth / implants and replacment cycles may be £20-30,000 but similarly a simple claim may be worth as little as £5000.


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.

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 positon 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 positon and also slow or even stop underlying bone loss. In the whole, cosmetic treatments involving implants are the definately on the rise and they typically appear in cosmetic claims.

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Mr Graham G Balmforth, LLB, Dipfms, Msc (F.Med) Solicitor Advocate
Mr Graham G Balmforth, LLB, Dipfms, Msc (F.Med) Solicitor Advocate

A Dual Qualified Solicitor and Barrister, Mr Balmforth has a background in litigation and advocacy surrounding complex facial injury – including those actions involving surgical and dental error as well as catastrophic facial accidents and cosmetic injuries.

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