When teeth become decayed, inflamed, and or infected, a dentist or endodontist
may recommend to a patient that a root canal is necessary in order to
repair the damaged tooth. The root canal procedure will involve the removal
of the tooth’s interior; pulp, nerves, and tissue. The medical professional
will then fill the opening and in some cases place a cap over the repaired tooth.
Experienced Poughkeepsie root canal malpractice attorneys know that the majority of root canal procedures are completed quite well;
the patient and others may never be able to tell from the naked eye that
the tooth has been surgically repaired.
Even though root canals are very common, they nonetheless are a serious
procedure. Various tools and instruments are used, local anesthesia is
used, and multiple medical professionals will take part in the procedure.
It often takes multiple procedures to completely finish the job. With
all this, there is a chance for mistakes to be made.
Not just any mistake, but mistakes that amount to negligence. This means
that the mistake should not have been made and that another dentist or
endodontist would not have made the mistake that the treating doctor made.
Root canals are painful and the time spent before the tooth is repaired
will be wrought with pain and frustration. Repairing a
failed root canal will prolong this pain and frustration; and of course more dental procedures
will be required in order to repair the defect.
When do things typically go wrong? In general, things can go wrong prior
to surgery, during surgery, and after surgery is completed. More specifically,
dentists and endodontists make mistakes by:
- Failing to diagnose the patient as needing a root canal. This will cause
the patient to suffer prolonged pain, increase the patient’s risk
for infection, and possibly lead the development of an abscess.
- Misdiagnosis; diagnosing the patient as needing a root canal when in fact
the procedure was not necessary.
- Capping the tooth with an improper crown. The size of a crown matters.
Wrongly fitted crowns can lead to more tooth decay, gum damage, and infection.
- Improper administration of anesthesia.
- Improperly drilling the tooth, causing more damage.
- Using dirty dental instruments.
- Failing to remove all of the nerves and pulp.
Obviously all of these errors are problematic because the patient will
endure pain and suffering that should have been avoided. Injured root
canal patients deserve to be compensated for such pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering is not the only damage that which the patient will endure.
The patient may have lost wages from missing work; unnecessary medical
costs may have been spent. Dental malpractice victims deserve to be compensated
for this as well.
Learn more about New York Dental Malpractice inour latest article posted here.
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