General Types of Dental Negligence

General Types of Dental Negligence Cases

Unsure if your experience counts as dental negligence? Read on to find out whether your claim could be worth a compensation payout


It’s not always easy to know what counts as dental negligence. If a dental treatment goes wrong, it might not be the fault of the dentist, or you may not even know something has happened until a few years after the treatment was carried out.

Wondering if what you’ve experienced is worth taking further? We’ve put together a few of the dental negligence reasons people contact us for help with most often.


Root canals

Root canals are one of the most common dental negligence cases we help our clients with. Many root canal compensation claims start due to a lack of adequate cleaning of the infection in the tooth, leading to future treatments and potential tooth breakages, as well as unnecessary root canal treatments being undertaken.


Tooth extractions

Tooth extraction is one of the big fears for many people, even more so when the result is dental negligence. You have a good reason to start a dental negligence case if you’ve had the wrong tooth pulled, if your healthy teeth have been damaged as a result of the extraction, or if you’ve suffered from an infection as a result of incorrect hygiene procedures.


Wisdom tooth removal

Similar to tooth extractions, wisdom teeth can regularly cause a lot of problems with your dental health that can only get worse without proper care. From poor extraction technique leading to unnecessary pain, to damage to the jawbone or surrounding teeth, you can claim compensation if you’re suffering after a wisdom tooth extraction.



Dental implants can be an extremely complicated and lengthy procedure that requires everything to go smoothly from start to finish for the best results. Implants are also extremely expensive, so if they go wrong, you can stand to claim a lot from a compensation payout. Implant negligence can be anything from unnecessary implants being installed to poor treatments resulting in jawbone damage, or just pain from the implant when chewing.



Fillings are one of the most common preventative dental treatments, but can still go wrong on occasion. Since the treatment weakens the tooth to get rid of a potential infection, this can result in the tooth breaking in the future, pain from a poorly filled cavity, or an infection as a result of using unhygienic tools. While badly done fillings can usually be fixed by a repeat treatment, on some occasions, more extensive treatment may be required. In this case, compensation is worth pursuing.


Unnecessary pain and suffering

Dentists have an obligation to carry out a preventative treatment that aids the dental health of their client. This also includes carrying out treatment in such a way that doesn’t cause unnecessary pain and suffering to the client. If you feel your treatment was painful due to an ineffective painkiller or anaesthetic, or if you’ve been in long-term pain following the treatment, it’s worth pursuing your dental negligence case.



Veneers are a cosmetic treatment used to renew the white colour of teeth. The treatment is usually done on the visible teeth at the front of the mouth. If this treatment goes wrong, however, it can be painful, expensive to fix, and also quite embarrassing, especially if affects your looks or ability to speak. For many, this can lead to substantial compensation, so it’s worth chasing if you’re a victim of dental negligence.


Nerve damage

Dental negligence can lead to permanent nerve damage, which itself leads to difficulty speaking, chewing, swallowing and more. Permanent nerve damage is one of the more extreme cases and can offer a significantly large payout if you choose to progress your claim.