Dental Negligence Claims
Gingivitis or gum disease can occur when there is a plaque build-up on your teeth which causes a gum inflammation. Naturally forming on teeth, plaque is a bacteria film that is completely colourless. When plaque is not removed it can result in your gums becoming swollen and very red. Two noticeable symptoms of this are bad breath, also known as halitosis, and blood when brushing your teeth.
The bone that is used to connect your teeth and jaw may be permanently affected if gum disease is not treated. Loss of teeth, pain, loosened teeth and infections in the gum can also be the result of periodontal disease that is left untreated. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to detect gum disease until it is too late, as pain often does not come until an advanced stage.
Smith Jones can help if you believe that the signs of periodontal or gum disease should have been spotted earlier by your dentist.
Our team of negligence experts and dental professionals will examine your claim and quickly tell you if you have a case. Support will be provided throughout the entire process as we work hard to get you the compensation you deserve in cases of misdiagnosis or failed diagnosis.
Our excellent record for recovering compensation for our clients speaks for us and we are proud to be an industry leading, Lexcel Accredited personal injury firm. If you would like some advice regarding a periodontal disease claim, you can call us today on 0800 195 9590 or if you would prefer, you can contact us online and we will call you back at a time to suit you.
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FAQ About Periodontal Disease
HOW TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE
You can help to prevent gum disease by practising good oral hygiene. It is also important to book regular appointments with your dentist so your gum health and bone levels can be assessed using specialist equipment.
Smoking and certain medical issues like diabetes can also heighten the risk of gum disease developing. If you smoke or have any other outstanding medical issues, regular dental visits are vital so that you can learn about the preventive steps to take to reduce the risk of gum disease.
HOW TO TREAT GUM DISEASE
Daily brushing can stop plaque building up and treat the early stages of gum disease. Flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day will likely be a part of the routine that your dentist suggests. The current plaque build-up on your teeth may be removed by the dentist – this is known as scaling.
Complex treatment is required to treat advanced gum disease and a referral to a periodontist may be needed. Extraction surgery or root planing, also known as deep cleaning, may then be scheduled.
PERIODONTAL & GUM DISEASE SIGNS
If your gums are pink and firm to the touch, this generally means they are healthy. However, these are some of the early warning signs that periodontal and gum disease may be developing:
- Your gums are red or swollen
- You have bad breath
- Your gums bleed when you brush your teeth
- You notice gum abscesses forming
- You have an unpleasant taste in your mouth
If any of these symptoms occur you should talk to your dentist who will then inform you of your choices and the best steps to take.
CLAIMING FOR GUM DISEASE
Serious complications could occur if your dentist does not spot the first signs of gum disease as early stages are much easier to treat. If your symptoms have not been noticed and have developed despite regular dental appointments then dental negligence could be to blame.
It is a part of the ‘duty of care’ that your dentist picks up on your gum disease and tells you about your options. In cases where gum disease has advanced to periodontitis or periodontal disease without being diagnosed by your dentist then a compensation claim could be made.
Untreated periodontal disease has many risks including tooth loss and gum damage. These can be permanent and risky to your overall health. You could be entitled to compensation if harm or injury has been the result of your dentist not providing a high enough level of professional service.
Severe health issues can occur where dental negligence has arisen. This is especially the case when misdiagnosis has caused periodontitis or gum disease to go unnoticed. Click here to read more about claiming against your dentist.