Failure to Diagnose Gum Disease
Untreated Periodontal Disease in New York City
Gum disease is one of the most common and easily treatable dental problems. However, it is often overlooked by dentists who are in a rush to put in crowns or bridges. Because dentists do not get paid by their patients or the insurance companies until the operations are compete, many dentists do not take the time to provide patients with the medical attention they deserve.
If your gum disease worsened because it was overlooked or ignored by a dentist, it is important to hold that person accountable. I am Lance Ehrenberg, Esq., and I have more than 30 years of experience representing individuals who suffered because of dental malpractice.
Periodontally Probing Before Restorative Care
When a dentist performs restorative care, they should be carefully examining patients beforehand. Every patient should be periodontally probed before operations. Any pockets that are discovered should then be treated by the hygienist, dentist or periodontist before the restorative care begins.
If a patient has abscess or a different gum infection, that should be treated before it spreads. If restorative care is performed on top of a gum infection, the infection can spread through the mouth and jaw, resulting in the loss of both.
When unhealthy gums are operated on, the gum disease often worsens, and all the dental work must be taken out and restarted once the gums heal. The additional and unnecessary medical problems are painful, expensive and lengthy, and they are usually avoidable.
If you suffered from gum disease and your dentists operated on top of it, a dental malpractice attorney can help you receive the compensation you need to pay for your additional medical bills and unnecessary pain. Contact me online or call 212-730-0200 extension 242 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.