Claim for undiagnosed periodontal (gum) disease
Periodontal disease, or more commonly known as gum disease, is a common condition that more than half of adults here in the UK suffer from.
If left untreated it can lead to more serious dental problems that may leave you with lifelong consequences.
Because it can lead to more serious problems it is something that dentists must always have a keen eye for during your routine checkups to make sure that you are not at risk of developing known complications. Your dentist or oral hygienist should be able to advise you whether you need to take any action.
If it is left undiagnosed it can lead to serious complications and you may have a claim for undiagnosed periodontal disease.
What are the early signs and symptoms of periodontal / gum disease?
- Bleeding gums (particularly when brushing your teeth)
- Swollen or enflamed gums
- Redness of the gum
If you suffer from these symptoms you ought to seek advice from your dentist.
What can happen if periodontal disease gets worse?
If periodontal disease is left untreated it can develop in to gingivitis which is another commonly known and commonly suffered condition. Symptoms can include:
- Smelly breath
- Unpleasant tastes in your mouth
- Gum abscesses
- Loose teeth
In more advanced stages the symptoms can include:
- Painful gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive saliva
- Difficulty swallowing or talking
- Fever / high temperature
You can read more information about the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease on the NHS website here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/gum-disease
Do I have a claim if my dentist fails to diagnose me with periodontal disease?
You may have a claim where your dentist or oral hygienist fails to advise you, treat you, or assist in any way to correcting the condition itself or the worsening of the condition. Whilst minor gum disease is a common problem, where it develops in to more serious forms of gingivitis, your health is at risk.
When left untreated you risk losing teeth as the bones in your jaw can decay. It is therefore very important for a dentist to look out for and treat gum disease urgently.
If your dentist fails to assist you and you develop complications leading to more severe and often permanent consequences, you are entitled to make a claim for dental injury compensation. Our dental negligence specialists can fight your corner for your case and make sure that you can access the justice that you deserve.
We can access your dental records and use those as evidence as well as obtaining expert reports from privately instructed dental consultants to be used to support your claim.
The importance of instructing the right lawyer for your dental negligence claim
Dental injury compensation is a complex area of law and you stand the best chance at winning your claim with a specialist dental negligence lawyer. We are a real law firm (not a claims management or referral service) and we have represented thousands of negligence victims for decades.
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