When braces fail: Periodontal disease and dental malpractice

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

There is a delicate relationship between dental braces and a person’s gums. Because dental braces exert pressure on a person’s teeth to move them, the surrounding tissues feel the effects of this pressure. As a result, it’s important to make sure your gums are in good health before adding dental braces or any other orthodontic devices to your teeth. Failure to identify periodontal, or gum disease is an act of dental negligence that can result in severe, permanent damage.

Applying pressure to diseased gums will not help them heal. In fact, it will likely make things worse. The truth is that having any bacterial infection or inflammation in your gums while getting braces can result in you losing teeth. If your gums are not in the best health, applying braces to them will not align the teeth correctly, resulting in gaps forming around the teeth, which makes it easier for them to fall out.

In some dental malpractice cases, periodontal conditions were only detected years after dental braces were applied. One victim almost lost all of their teeth as a result of this. In another case, a victim lost teeth because an orthodontist continued to apply pressure to their teeth even after seeing the signs of periodontal disease. Previous victims of dental malpractice related to periodontal disease have won up to $300,000 after successful lawsuits.

If you have lost teeth because your dentist or orthodontist failed to diagnose gum disease before applying dental braces, you may be able to get compensation for your injuries through a successful dental malpractice lawsuit. Contact OC dental malpractice lawyer Dane Levy, a dental attorney with a track record of success. He’ll use his years of experience and dental school education to help win your case in court.