How To Identify Dental Malpractice

Pain or sensitivity after visiting the dentist is often a regular part of procedures. This makes it difficult to know just how much pain you should experience afterward. However, if you are in pain weeks after a procedure or develop side effects, there is a chance your dentist made a mistake. Some terrible results may be visible right away — these are extremely serious cases that need attention right away.

At the Hardwick Law Office, we have seen it all: from dentists failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing to significant nerve injuries following oral surgery. The symptoms of malpractice are not always easily visible - you should consider seeking an independent second opinion from a dental care professional. If you are suspicious of your dental treatment or believe your pain and suffering are directly caused by your dentist, you may have a dental malpractice case.

Symptoms To Watch Out For After A Procedure

  • Numbness in specific areas of the mouth such as the tongue
  • Tingling feelings in the mouth or tongue
  • Taste issues or lessened ability to taste
  • Difficulty chewing, biting or eating
  • Occasional sharp pain or consistent dull pain
  • High sensitivity when doing normal activities
  • The feeling of 'electric shock' in the mouth
  • Trouble speaking
  • Uncontrollable drooling

You should talk to a lawyer right away if you can tell the dental work was substandard, or it violates a reasonable medical standard of care. If you are suspicious, look for signs such as:

  • Your dental office or dentist not returning your calls
  • Your dentist referring you to a specialist
  • A specialist referring you to another specialist
  • Lingual nerve injuries after wisdom teeth extractions
  • Inferior alveolar nerve injuries after dental implants
  • Repeating the same treatment in the same area
  • Issues after anesthesia, prescribed medications or Novocain

Your Best Interests Are What Matters

Remember, even an honest mistake by a doctor can still be a dental malpractice claim. We will analyze your case and work to prove that a competent dentist, under the same circumstances, would not have treated you with the same method or neglect.

Call 510-898-6372 today for a free consultation with our Oakland, California, attorney. We serve clients in the East Bay area as well as statewide. You can also schedule an appointment via our online form — we offer weekend and after-hours meetings as needed.

Do not wait to talk with us about your suspicions. The sooner we can discuss the facts, the better for your case.