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
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
The Mayo Clinic, “Dental Implant Surgery
Haswell, Mark “Dental implants: a different perspective Part one”