Just like any other medical professional, a dentist has a duty to prevent harm to patients and treat them using acceptable techniques. When a dentist causes nerve damage by deviating from the acceptable standard of care for the patient’s situation, the dentist commits medical malpractice.
Symptoms commonly experienced after the inferior alveolar nerve has been injured include: Numbness or pain in the chin, lips, and gums ; A tingling or electrical shock sensation in the chin, lips, and gums ; A burning pain in the chin, lips, and gums ; Drooling; Impaired speech.
What your Dentist may do. In most cases the nerve damage will resolve itself over a period of time, any residual nerve damage should resolve within 6-12 months.
It may be difficult to win a lawsuit for pulling the wrong tooth. Although pain is experienced, it is usually not considered to be enough of an injury to sue for. This is because the injury can usually be easily corrected. The dentist could provide the patient with two implants free of charge.
Nerve damage – If the needle directly hits a nerve , the result can be numbness and pain that lasts for weeks or months.
Some of the signs and symptoms of tooth nerve damage after receiving dental treatment include: Numbness or lack of feeling in the tongue, gums, cheeks, jaw or face. A tingling or pulling sensation in these areas. Pain or a burning feeling in these areas.
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy might include: Gradual onset of numbness , prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms. Sharp, jabbing, throbbing or burning pain. Extreme sensitivity to touch.
Regeneration time depends on how seriously your nerve was injured and the type of injury that you sustained. If your nerve is bruised or traumatized but is not cut, it should recover over 6-12 weeks . A nerve that is cut will grow at 1mm per day, after about a 4 week period of ‘rest’ following your injury.
The pains commonly persist 2 months after the injury and can be permanent. Medical therapy is similar to that used in neuropathic pain conditions depending on the patients’ symptoms.
When a medical condition can be found and treated, your outlook may be excellent. But sometimes, nerve damage can be permanent , even if the cause is treated. Long-term (chronic) pain can be a major problem for some people. Numbness in the feet can lead to skin sores that do not heal.
How Are Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage Treated? Regulating blood sugar levels for people with diabetes . Correcting nutritional deficiencies. Changing medications when drugs are causing nerve damage. Physical therapy or surgery to address compression or trauma to nerves. Medications to treat autoimmune conditions.
Two of the most common procedures for tooth nerve pain are fillings and root canals. Fillings: If you have tooth nerve pain caused by a simple cavity, a filling is the most common dental repair. Root Canals: A root canal is performed if tooth nerve pain is due to a tooth that is severely infected or decayed.
How much should you ask for? There is no one right answer. When valuing a client’s pain and suffering , a lawyer will typically sue for three to five times the amount of the out-of-pocket damages (medical bills and loss of work).
If you’re looking for a ballpark idea, though, the average payment in a dental malpractice suit is $65,000 (according to Medical Protective, the leading provider of malpractice insurance in the United States).
As with any clinical negligence claim, in order to succeed with a dental negligence claim, you must essentially pass a two-stage test. The first stage of the test is to prove that the treatment a person received fell beneath an acceptable or ‘reasonable’ standard.