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What is dental negligence

However, for some people this is not the case, although it is important to recognise that poor treatment in itself does not mean that you can claim compensation for dental negligence.
To make a dental negligence claim, you must be able to prove that the treatment you were given was not up to the standard expected, and as a result of the treatment you received, you suffered an injury or a loss.
This may be obvious, especially if you have a tooth removed and you discover that the wrong tooth was extracted. However, not all cases of dental negligence are that obvious – see our website for more details on the range of dental negligence issues.
You may be suffering from periodontal disease, which occurs if gum disease is not treated. It is a severe infection of the gum, and without the correct treatment, this can cause recession of the gums, bone loss and even loss of teeth. This may take time to progress to this level, but if your dentist has not offer you the appropriate treatment, you could claim compensation.
So what should you do if you think your dentist has been negligent? In the first instance, you should write to the dental practice outlining your complaint. Then, you should speak to a dental negligence solicitor who can tell you if you have a dental negligence claim or not. Call 01302 320621 or email info@athertongodfrey.co.uk

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