What Happens When Dentists Don’t Diagnose Gum Disease?

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of Dentalmal.com, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California.

Losing teeth is one of the worst dental outcomes people can experience. Some may lose teeth because of a sports accident. Others may lose teeth because of severe cavities. But the most common reason for tooth loss is periodontitis, also known as gum disease.

Unfortunately, gum disease has been exacerbated by dentists who have failed to diagnose it. Furthermore, dentists have harmed their patients by performing risky procedures despite observable signs of periodontitis. Since gum disease can lead to tooth loss, it is a dentist’s job to look for the telltale signs of periodontitis and provide a proper diagnosis. If they do not have enough training to treat gum disease, it is also their responsibility to refer their patient to a periodontist.

Patients have lost some or all of their teeth when their dentists applied braces in the midst of periodontal disease. A trained dental professional should be saving their patient’s teeth, rather than causing them to lose teeth. Not recognizing periodontitis is a sign of dental negligence, and patients have the right to seek compensation when their dentist’s negligent treatment has led to damages.

If you have suffered injuries because your dentist failed to recognize gum disease, you’ll need a good dental malpractice attorney to help win the compensation you deserve. Attorney Dane Levy and the Levy Law Firm take cases from all over California. Their mixture of dental knowledge, decades of experience, and genuine care for their clients will help you win your dental malpractice case in court.