Dental Negligence

Compensation for dental negligence can be awarded were the treatment you have received was substandard, and where it has caused you an unnecessary injury. Dental negligence claims are typically made where there was a misdiagnosis and/or a lack of treatment, or where the medical technique used was unsuitable/sub-standard.

If you or a friend or relative have suffered poor dental care, there may be the potential to bring a claim of Dental Negligence.


Case Study

One of our clients underwent surgery in August 2005 for the removal of a wisdom tooth, as a result of recurring pericoronitis. Following the surgery at the defending dental practice, our client suffered numbness and pain, partial loss of taste, speaking difficulties and psychological problems after the Defendant negligently caused damage to the Claimant’s left lingual nerve. Our client was forced to undergo further surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital to remove the 1 1/2cm of damaged nerve, but continued to suffer pain and other difficulties. Read the full case study here.

Types of Dental Negligence Claim

There may be the potential to claim for Dental Negligence in the following instances:

  • Damage to the lingual nerve
  • Mouth cancer
  • Missed or incorrectly treated gum disease or periodontitis
  • Broken instruments left in the mouth to decay
  • Failure to wholly remove and fill root canals
  • Problems with anaesthesia
  • Poor extraction of teeth causing unnecessary damage or the removal of the wrong tooth
  • Incorrect dental advice – Suggesting only one treatment is suitable when a simpler method would have worked
  • Failure to gain the correct consent for a procedure
  • Undergoing unsuitable cosmetic procedures (crowns, bridges, veneers etc) as a result of a failure to assess the suitability correctly

If you or someone you know has suffered a problem due to dental negligence then please call us on 0800 952 0010 or 0116 254 7456 or email: You can also enquire online by clicking here.