Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a serious condition
which if left untreated can lead to bone damage and tooth loss. If you
are currently living with this condition, you are not alone. Millions
of Americans are reported to be living with and managing gum disease.
While there are many risk factors for developing periodontitis, did you
know that the negligence of your dental care professionals may be among them?
When people think of medical malpractice cases, dentists may not be the
first type of professional which comes to mind. However, just like nurses,
surgeons, or anesthesiologist, dentists who act negligently may be implicated
at the center of malpractice suits. If a medical professional –
including dentists, periodontist, and oral surgeons – fails to diagnose
or treat gum disease, they may be held liable for resulting damages.
The Dangers of Untreated or Undiagnosed Periodontitis
Like with other oral diseases, such as many oral cancers, early detection
is critical in preventing permanent damage. Dentists have a responsibility
to look for key signs of periodontitis and recommend treatments to prevent
serious damage. Typically the disease begins with plaque and tartar build
up around the teeth and below the gum lines. If left untreated, patients
are at risk for developing gingivitis (a mild form of gum disease), which
commonly manifest as bad breath and receding gums. If a doctor fails or
refused to recommend treatment during any point of this process, periodontitis
Health problems associated with periodontitis can include:
- Bad breath
- Increased risk of infection
- Bleeding gums
- Gum pain
- Loss of teeth
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
The treatment of periodontitis can often lead to dental costs in the thousands
of dollars. Some studies have even drawn links between advanced gum disease
and increased risk of heart-related conditions. Conversely, the effects
of tartar build up and gingivitis may be reversed through regular brushing
and minor dental work. While every case is different, if you believe that
the development of your gum disease went unnoticed, untreated, or misdiagnosed
for several dentist’s visits, it may be time to take legal action
and get a dental malpractice lawyer involved.
Michigan Medical Malpractice Attorneys
If you have suffered an injury or preventable disease due to the negligent
actions of a medical professional, you may be able to file for monetary
compensation. When you need legal assistance determining where you stand
in your case, Goodman Acker P.C. is here to help. Our
Detroit medical malpractice attorneys possess more than 75 years of collective experience fighting for the rights
of injured patients and we have recovered numerous multi-million dollar
settlements for clients.
Don’t wait to seek compensation. Call (248) 793-2010 or
contact us online to get started.