Gum disease claims
BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam
Legally reviewed by: BSC, LLB (Hons) & LPC Sophia Azam

Gum disease can be particularly nasty if it is not caught in the early stages. Gum disease claims arise when your dentist may have failed to spot the signs and it has led to a more serious injury. Your dentist has a duty of care towards all their patients, and if their negligence has led to untreated gum disease, then you may be able to make a gum disease compensation claim.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a fairly common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected. If it gets worse, it can sometimes develop into periodontal disease. Most people experience gum disease at least once in their life. The consequences of untreated gum disease can include:

  • Gum infections
  • Constant pain and discomfort
  • Permanent damage to the jaw or gums
  • Loose or wobbly teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Loss of teeth

What causes gum disease?

Gum disease most often happens when you do not clean your teeth properly. The bacteria that exists within the plaque that can build up on your teeth causes gum problems. The gums can have redness with bleeding, swelling and soreness and, in some cases, irreversible gum damage. Keeping on top of your oral hygiene is the best possible way to avoid gum disease.

If your gums are painful, swollen, or bleed when you brush your teeth, then you may be suffering from the early stages of gum disease. You should attend a dentist appointment, where a professional will be able to carry out a thorough dental examination and check the health of your gums. This may also involve inserting a thin metal stick referred to as a periodontal probe beside your teeth. If you suffer from a failure to diagnose at this point, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. In some more serious cases, a number of X-Rays may also be needed to check the condition of your teeth and jawbone.

Undiagnosed gum disease can be very painful, so it important that your dentist aims to diagnose and treat it as quickly as possible. It is also important that you go for regular dental check-ups and keep on top of your dental treatments in order to avoid any sign of gum disease. In order to treat gum disease, a good level of oral hygiene is often important. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. You should also make sure that you go for regular dental check-ups. In the majority of cases, your dentist will be able to give your teeth a thorough clean to remove any of the hardened plaque.

When you have suffered from a gum disease misdiagnosis, we know that you will most likely have gone through unnecessary pain and suffering. We offer dental negligence claims on a no win no fee basis and can therefore help you if you have been the victim of dental negligence. Our specialist gum disease claims solicitors can help you to get the compensation that you deserve, get in touch today for expert help and advice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make a gum disease claim?

If you believe that you have been the victim of dental negligence, then getting in touch with our expert solicitors will allow you to put together a case.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

The symptoms of gum disease can include painful, swollen and bleeding gums.

How long do gum disease dental negligence claims take?

The amount of time that a dental negligence claim can take varies depending on each case. Getting in touch as soon as you believe that you may have been the victim of dental negligence is important, as it means that your case can be handled as efficiently as possible.

Can I sue a dentist for dental negligence?

If your dentist has not fulfilled their duty of care towards you as a patient, then you can likely make a compensation claim against them.