Suffering from dental implant pain? Looking for compensation for a bad implant? Find out more about claiming below
What are dental implants?
There are a range of potential issues that arise from losing one or more teeth, from gum and tooth infections to shifting teeth. Dental implants are an effective way to create a prosthetic tooth or set of teeth that can be attached more securely than a denture.
They work by attaching a titanium screw into the jawbone, which the bone then grows around to secure it. This can then be used to attach a fake tooth, crown, or bridge to the implant. This offers better, more secure replacement teeth than dentures, as well as being far more comfortable and requiring less maintenance.
The biggest issue with dental implants is the cost, which can be anywhere from £2500 or more. Since dental implants are rarely paid for on the NHS, this means that if something goes wrong due to negligence, it’s not just bad for your teeth, but expensive to fix as well.
What are the most common causes for dental implant compensation claims?
Dental implants are a long-term and expensive treatment requiring a lot of finesse and expertise on behalf of the dentist. Because of this, should something go wrong, it can be difficult and expensive to fix. Whether this is because of negligence on behalf of a dentist, or because the body hasn’t accepted the implant, it’s worth contacting us to discuss your situation first.
Due to the way implants connect to the jawbone, any infection or disease must be cleared before the procedure takes place. If it isn’t, this can cause both the gum and jawbone to become infected, leading to the implant failing and even significant jawbone damage.
If you’re unsure if this has happened, still suffering from dental implant pain, or even if the infection has now cleared, it’s worth visiting a dentist to check how well the implants are secured. In some cases, this infection will have weakened the implant, making it loose.
At no stage should this happen, so if it has, fill out our questionnaire form and we’ll help you get your claim together.
Nerve damage as a result of implants
Due to the way implants work, it’s likely that some nerve damage will occur to the gums in the area. This is quite common, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to make a claim for it.
If your dentist hadn’t made you aware of this before the treatment, you may have a claim. Dentists have a responsibility to discuss all possible treatments, potential risks and failure rates with their clients before starting work.
If you have good reason to have declined the treatment were you made aware of the potential damage or failure rate and were not made aware before it had begun, you could make a claim.
Dental implants were not suitable or weren’t required
The complexity of dental implants means that they’re expensive, require intensive treatment to work and aren’t always the most suitable option to choose from person to person. Dental implants are a permanent addition to your jawbone and can also impact adjacent teeth, making them prone to damage and infection.
If you’ve discovered that your dental implants weren’t required, or that they weren’t suitable for your situation, it’s likely you’ll be able to make a claim.
Need some advice on your dental implant pain? Fill out our questionnaire form and one of our dental law professionals will contact you for your free, no-obligation dental claim consultancy. We’ll help you identify whether you could claim compensation for dental negligence.