What is dental malpractice?

If you put off visits to the dentist’s office, you are most certainly not alone. Fear of the dentist is one of the top acknowledged phobias in our society. Of course, seeing the dentist on a regular basis is an important part of personal healthcare practices and, these days, almost every procedure can be performed in dental offices throughout New Jersey completely pain-free.

However, when things don’t go as they should in the dental chair, patients can walk away with a true reason to be afraid. If you, or someone you love, have suffered an injury at the hands of a dental professional, it may be considered dental malpractice.

The reasonable expectation of a trip to the dentist’s office is that you may leave numb and you may even feel less than your very best. Still, in a short time after leaving, you have a right to regain full feeling of your tongue, lips, gums, face, etc. Additionally, you should be able to expect that you won’t leave the office with more, or new, problems such as:

  •     Injury caused by the misuse of dental tools
  •     Infection caused by dental tools that have not been sterilized properly
  •     Permanent or temporary injuries to the nerves or structure of the tongue, jaw, chin, and lips
  •     Permanent or temporary loss of taste or sensation of the tongue, lips, etc.

If you believe you, or someone you love, has been the victim of a negligent dental professional, or if you have been injured due to the faulty or unsterile tools at a dental office, speak to a knowledge malpractice attorney.

For strong legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney, contact Underwood & Micklin and we would be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your matter.