Can I Claim Compensation for my Wrong Tooth Extraction UK?

When you visit your dentist you trust that they will take care of you and that they will provide you with the care that you require. Unfortunately this does not always happen, and mistakes can have serious concequences.

An unfortunately common error that dentists make is extracting the wrong tooth from their patient, or extracting a tooth that could have been saved by alternative treatment.

If this has happened to you, you are likely owed compensation. This compensation will help you cover the cost of any further dental and medical care you require to rectify the problems caused. Compensation can also cover any time off work, time you had to take for appointments, and travelling costs to those appointments.

Do Dentists Extract Teeth to Save Costs?

Unfortunately, under the current system, dentists can be more profitable if they extract a tooth instead of offering a treatment to save the tooth, such as a root canal procedure.

If your dentist has not saved your tooth for their own cost saving reasons, we can help you claim too.

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What is Considered a Wrong Tooth Extraction in the UK?

If your dentist has extracted a tooth that could have been repared, or if they extracted the wrong tooth all together, for example the tooth next to one that could no longer be repaired, you can likely claim compensation. This compensation can help you with the costs of additional dental and medical care, time off work and other costs you may have had to make as a result of your dentist’s mistake.

It is important to note that there are a number of valid reasons that you may have to undergo extraction of your teeth. These include:

  • Irreparable Tooth Damage from Decay

However, in some cases, a root canal procedure may be an alternative to help to treat an infection that may spread from this.

  • Periodontal Disease

This is an infection of the gums, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone and other structures that are surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis is an early stage of this infection. If your tooth begins to loosen due to periodontal disease, then extraction may be a valid option.

  • An Impacted Tooth

A tooth is impacted when it is blocked from coming out, or when the gums did not fully erupt and allow the teeth through. This can often be the case for wisdom teeth and they will have to be extracted.

  • To Eliminate Teeth Overcrowding

Sometimes there may be overcrowding in the mouth and some teeth will have to be extracted. This can also be the case when you have to have braces and there isn’t enough room to move the teeth into the correct position.

  • After an Accident

In the aftermath of a serious accident, the priority is always to try and preserve the original teeth. However, in some cases the risk of infection may make it necessary for the tooth to be removed.

If your tooth had to be extracted as a result of one of the above, then you won’t have a claim. However, where dentists wunnecessarily extract teeth or accidentally extract the wrong tooth, you certainly can.

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Can I make a Compensation Claim?

In general, you can make a dental negligence claim if your treatment left you worse off than if you didn’t have the treatment.

If you have suffered as a result of a wrong tooth extraction by your dentist you can likely claim compenation. This compensation will cover any additional medical and dental costs, time off work and the general damage it has caused.

If you have had the wrong tooth extracted, or even a tooth extracted that could have been saved with alternative treatment, the first part of your claim will involve being able to prove liability for who caused the unnecessary treatment. In most cases, this will be your dentist. We will also have to prove that the treatment was unnecessary.

When you get in touch we will assess your person circumstances and see what amount of compensation you may be able to claim for.

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If you feel that you have been the victim of dental negligence, we have a wealth of experience in cases of this nature. We can help you claim the best possible compensation for the unnecessary loss of your teeth.

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