Dental crowns and bridges are wonders of modern-day technology. Many centuries ago, individuals with dental problems were unable to replace missing or damaged teeth with artificial teeth and dental implants constructed from high-quality materials such as porcelain, metal, and gold. Despite the usefulness of these innovations, dentists must still work carefully when installing them, since there is great potential for lasting harm if they are installed incorrectly.
Dental crowns and bridges require a great deal of preparation before installing the permanent structures in your mouth. Dentists often prepare your mouth for crowns and bridges by grinding down existing tooth tissue. In the hands of a skilled, careful dentist, these processes seem fairly routine, but a careless, ill-prepared dentist can injure their patient in very painful ways.
California dental malpractice lawyer Dane Levy has seen several cases of dental malpractice involving dental crowns and bridges. In one case, a dentist ground down their patient’s teeth excessively before placing dental veneers. The patient experienced nerve damage and difficulty eating and speaking as a result. They were able to win the malpractice suit, receiving a confidential settlement.
If you have experienced lasting facial pain, temporomandibular disorders, nerve injuries, or a worsened bite because of your dentist’s negligence during a dental crown or bridge procedure, contact a dental malpractice attorney today. You may be able to receive compensation for the resulting physical and emotional stress. Every dental patient deserves the best possible care, and those who do not must hold their dentist accountable.