Dental implants may seem like a routine, mundane procedure, but the truth is that inserting a dental implant is a delicate, sensitive, and complex operation that carries a significant amount of risk. Professionals performing the procedure cannot afford to take it lightly since any amount of negligence can result in serious injuries to a patient. Past dental implant malpractice cases have resulted in severed nerves, damaged bones and teeth, and infections. While there will always be risks related to getting dental implants, dental professionals are responsible for following the accepted standard of care and making the procedure as safe as possible.
Inserting dental implants requires specific knowledge that not all dentists specialize in. A capable dental implant surgeon must understand if a patient’s bone structure can support implants, how to avoid a patient’s nerves when inserting the implant, and how to angle implants correctly. If a dentist cannot perform these tasks competently, they risk violating the accepted dental standard of care.
The standard of care is a crucial element to winning dental malpractice cases in court. If a patient is harmed under a dentist’s treatment, that dentist is not liable for dental malpractice if they did not violate the standard of care. The standard of care refers to what most trained dentists would have done in a scenario. If a dentist harms a patient by violating the standard of care, they have acted negligently and the patient has an opportunity to receive compensation for their damages.
If your dentist’s negligence has caused a dental implant nerve injury, contact Attorney Dane Levy at the Levy Law Firm. He’ll use his years of experience and dental school education to help you win compensation for your injuries.