Suffering from wisdom tooth removal pain? Want to claim for a poor treatment? Read on to find out whether you stand to make a claim
What is wisdom tooth removal?
Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures due to the probability that the tooth will emerge in the wrong way, put pressure on other healthy teeth as it grows, or lead to possible infections or pain.
Because of this regularity, wisdom tooth removal rarely leads to further problems provided each step is followed properly by both you and your dentist. However, like all dental treatments, there is a chance that something could go wrong, either because of an unforeseen circumstance or due to dental negligence.
What are the most common causes of wisdom tooth removal pain?
Wisdom teeth removal is a complicated area of dentistry, despite how common it is. Since wisdom teeth can often grow in unusual or unexpected ways, can have hooked roots, and can cause nerve damage upon removal, it’s important to know you’re in the hands of somebody who knows what they’re doing.
The most common causes of wisdom tooth removal pain and the resulting compensation claims are as follows:
Wisdom tooth removal pain and infections
While not always predictable or avoidable by even the best dentist, infections as a result of wisdom tooth removal shouldn’t happen. Both the gums and the jaw bone are susceptible to infection after a wisdom tooth removal, so it’s important that they are properly cared for during and after the extraction.
If you’ve got an infection, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can make a claim, However, if it’s as a result of poor care, if you have not received any antibiotics or prescriptions, or if your dentist has failed to identify the infection, you could make a dental negligence claim.
Nerve damage as a result of extraction
Damage to nerves below and around the wisdom teeth is generally expected during an extraction. This means it’s unlikely you’ll be able to make a successful claim for this type of damage.
Your dentist should take X-rays of the tooth, should ask for your permission to undertake the extraction, and refer you to an oral surgeon if the work was beyond their ability.
Unidentified impacted teeth
Wisdom teeth are generally expected to grow in a way that impacts on the health of surrounding teeth, which is why it’s important that any damage is identified before it can happen. Your dentist should be able to spot these problems well before they become a problem, and if they cannot fix themselves, they should refer you to an oral surgeon.
If you’ve visited your dentist with pain or general discomfort while a wisdom tooth was growing, or if your wisdom tooth has damaged the surrounding teeth and this was ignored or wasn’t identified, you have a good chance of making a claim.
Jawbone fracture following extraction
Jawbone fractures from tooth extractions are a recognised problem in dental healthcare, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to chase compensation for them unless your dentist has done something incorrectly.
Claiming for a jawbone fracture is possible if your dentist attempted to remove the tooth when it was impacted (hadn’t broken through the surface of the gum properly) meaning they should have referred you for oral surgery for removal or if they hadn’t explained the potential risk of the procedure before starting.
Unidentified wisdom tooth decay
Due to the often unusual way wisdom teeth grow, it can be difficult to keep them healthy and clean. This can lead to a lot of decay and possible infection if ignored or improperly cleaned for too long.
If your dentist has not identified decay in your wisdom tooth and it has resulted in an extraction, or preventative treatment being undertaken to fix it, you may have a claim. This can be a tricky situation to prove, so it’s worth chatting with us about the situation to find out if you could claim compensation.
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