Dental Implant Nerve Injuries

Posted By John Coletti || 3-Apr-2014

More people are electing to have dental implant surgery than ever before. A clinical report titled: “ Dental implants: a different perspective Part one” shows that the number of dental implants in USA increased 10-fold between 1983 and 2002; with over 700,000 implants inserted annually with a sustained growth of 9.4% for the next several years.

With the demand for implants increasing, so is the need for dentists and oral surgeons who specialize in dental implant surgery. Just like medical doctors, these healthcare professionals must provide a certain standard of care and expertise. Sadly, however, there are instances when a dentist or an oral surgeon injures the patient in the administration of a dental procedure that can cause permanent damage such as dental implant nerve injury. This type of negligence is generally referred to as dental malpractice or dental negligence.

Dental implant surgery has been practiced for decades. Mayo Clinic defines dental implant surgery as “a procedure that replaces the roots of a tooth with metal, screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones.” Many people prefer dental implants to dentures or bridgework because the fit is better and they last much longer. There are risks, but when negligent mistakes are made the injuries can be severe. Some types dental negligence injuries include the following:

  • Permanent or temporary nerve and/or structural injuries to the tongue, jaw, chin and lips including lingual nerve injury (tongue)
  • Inferior alveolar nerve damage (lips, chin and jaw)
  • Numbness in the teeth, gums, lips and chin
  • Loss of taste sensation
  • Death

Our firm has successfully handled serious dental injury cases including lingual and inferior alveolar nerve injuries and antibiotic or pre-medication errors. If you are suffering from your dental implant surgery, it’s important to discuss your case with experienced dental malpractice and negligence attorneys.

Sources:

The Mayo Clinic, “Dental Implant Surgery http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/basics/risks/prc-20009052

Haswell, Mark “Dental implants: a different perspective Part one” http://www.nobelbiocare.com/Images/en/Vol2.1HaswellPart1IPUS_tcm261-33674.pdf

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