What is Dental Malpractice?

Visiting the dentist is a common occurrence for most Canadians, and in most cases, these visits are a necessary part of maintaining good overall health. However, when damage and injury occurs as the result of negligence, patients may consider a dental malpractice claim.

What is a dental malpractice claim?

Similar to medical professionals, dental professionals, including dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and dental hygienists, all owe a duty of care to their patients. If they fail to provide reasonable treatment in accordance with their level of training and expertise, and a patient is injured as a result, there may be grounds for dental malpractice claim.

What types of injuries give rise to dental malpractice claims?

There are a large number of potential injuries that could result from dental negligence. Some of the more common issues that arise in lawsuits against dental professionals include:

  • Damage or injuries to the teeth and mouth;
  • Complications arising from anaesthesia, sedation or topical anaesthetics;
  • Extraction complications;
  • Root canal complications;
  • Infection due to improper sterilization;
  • Surgical errors;
  • Failure to diagnose; and
  • Carrying out inappropriate or unnecessary treatment.

Not all negative outcomes are the result of negligence. The best way to determine whether your particular situation may give rise to a claim is to speak with an knowledgeable personal injury lawyer that handles these types of cases.

Ontario dental malpractice lawyers representing victims

Victims of dental negligence can suffer extremely serious consequences, including ongoing pain, disfigurement, and expensive corrective procedures. At Derfel Injury Law, we have experience representing the victims of dental malpractice, and can help you fight for full compensation.

To discuss your claim with one of our lawyers, contact us online or call 416-847-3580 to make an appointment. For your convenience, we can meet clients in Toronto.