Most of the time, New Yorkers who visit their dentist probably don’t see such trips as a risky proposition. In most, cases, like a cleaning and checkup or even having a cavity filled, the visit is just part of life.
Even more significant dental and orthodontic procedures, like wisdom teeth extraction, for instance, are routinely done in the dentist’s office, and the patient is free to go home within a couple of hours.
The reality is that when dentists make mistakes, their patients can be left recovering from lifelong injuries.
Taking out wisdom teeth can cause chronic pain; loss of sensation
For example, many people have to have wisdom teeth removed. However, if a dentist makes mistake, the patient could wind up losing the ability to taste food.
Likewise, because the wisdom teeth are very close to sensitive nerves, even a slight error can cause severe nerve damage. For example, a patient can develop chronic paresthesia, which is a tingling or even burning sensation from a pinched nerve.
After a botched wisdom tooth extraction, a person may have to live with this condition for the rest of his or her life.
Sometimes, dental errors can affect more than the mouth
Dental errors can also affect other parts of person’s body.
For example, it is well-known that some patients may require some extra vigilance and, possibly, a preventive dose of antibiotics since they are prone to infection.
Dentists must pay special attention to patients with artificial joints like knees or hips because, even with something simple like a cleaning, the patient can develop an infection that can endanger both their artificial joint and even the surrounding bone tissue.
Those who do get injured because of the carelessness of a dentist have the right to pursue compensation for their losses.