It is true that regular visits to the dentist are good for your oral health. There are many things that expose us to gum and tooth complications such as sugary foods. Other than food, dental negligence is also another factor that could lead to mouth problems.
Perhaps you have come across the concept before; you just never had the time to look closer into it. In this piece we look at what dental negligence is and some problems it may lead to.
In the end, you should have a clear understanding of what it all entails and how it occurs.
What is dental malpractice?
This is defines as the failure of a dental worker to comply with the standards of the profession, therefore causing harm/ injuries to patients. It is also important to note that this sort of behavior is said to be deliberate because the injuries that occur are perfectly avoidable.
For patients, it is not always easy to prove this sort of neglect. Firstly, we don’t know anything about the profession. Secondly, we rely on opinions of the practitioners about our dental health. But there are obvious cases that easily qualify as malpractice such as:
- Having a problem with one tooth, and having the wrong one pulled out by the dentist.
- Unnecessary injuries on the gums or mouth due to poor treatment by the practitioner.
Examples of Dental Negligence
Example A: Knowing your patient before any contact/ treatment
In a busy setting, this sort of malpractice is most common. The practitioner is under pressure to get through as many patients as possible before the knockoff time.
Due to this h/she fails to study and gather necessary information about patients. This is practically dangerous just like any other medical procedures.
This sort of malpractice is dangerous for a number of reasons:
- The dentist may end up giving you improper amounts of medication.
- H/she may prepare you for a treatment that is irrelevant for your dental problems.
Example B: Poor Communication
No matter how big or small your oral problems are you have the right to be informed about them. Usually people don’t ask their practitioners questions: we are just waiting to hear them tell us that we are going to be fine.
A professional dentist knows that h/she must inform the patient about their dental state, possible solutions and treatments. Failure to do so may also lead to oral problems.
A gum infection can lead to something more serious like death if it is not treated correctly. If a patient is not aware of the dangers of the infection, h/she may not take medication as prescribed. This is why communication is of utmost importance between the practitioner and the sufferer.
There is really no easy way to tell why some dentists find themselves with this problem. However, there are possible causes of poor communication such as language barriers and personal distractions.
The truth is oral health is just as important as any other. Good communication and remaining professional at all times is essential in the sensitive field of dental negligence. As a practitioner you could end up with a lawsuit and as a patient worse.