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Yes, your dentist can face lawsuits for poor work

When you think about medical malpractice, the providers you usually consider are surgeons, doctors at hospitals and nurses. One other party who could be held liable for malpractice is a dentist.

Even dentists can make mistakes that cause people pain and suffering. For example, taking an X-ray and claiming there are cavities where none exist would put patients through unnecessary dental work. Dental offices that don't sterilize equipment correctly could expose patients to dangerous bacteria. Errors in diagnosing things such as abscesses could end up threatening a patient's life.

What should you do if you believe you're a victim of malpractice?

To start with, if you're having a problem with a dental procedure or treatment, you should call the office and ask about the complications. You may also wish to see a new dentist to have X-rays taken or to get a second medical provider's opinion.

Most dental professionals don't want to talk poorly about others they work with, but the information you gain can be used to file a complaint with the local dental board.

If you've suffered injuries that required further medical care or dental care from other providers, then this is something to keep records of. You want to be able to present this as evidence so that you can file a claim against the dentist who performed unnecessary, poor or incomplete work in the past.

Our site has more on dental care and why it's important to hold your medical providers to the highest standard. It's your health on the line, and you deserve appropriate care.

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