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Dental Negligence

Very few people enjoy going to the dentist; the unpleasant drilling, the blinding fluorescent light and the embarrassing constant swallowing . Imagine having to spend extra hours in the chair because your dentist made a mistake during your treatment or they failed to recognise a dental condition that required minor treatment but as a result, the situation has worsened and you require major treatment.


There can be many ways a dentist lets you down such as:


  • Delays in diagnosis or dental treatment
  • Failure to diagnose/treat dental problems (decay, infection, tumours)
  • Failing to take or update patient record (allergies, general health, pregnancy)
  • Failing to take X-rays or scans
  • Failing to prevent tooth loss (poor hygiene advice and treatment)
  • Orthodontic negligence (straightening, braces)
  • Poor dental treatment (no pain relief, mouth injuries, anaesthetic blunders, damage to crowns or veneers)
  • Root canal negligence (root not fully removed).


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors recently published reports on 32 dental practices in England that were randomly inspected, 4 of those were found not to be meeting minimum standards. The CQC plans to inspect 10% of England’s 10,000 dental practices  over the next two years.

If you have been the victim of dental negligence, and you’d like to explore the possibility of claiming for compensation, we can help. McHale and Co Solicitors have an experienced team of medical negligence and we can discuss incidents of negligence involving a doctor, dentist or other healthcare professional in confidence.

You can speak to a member of our team on 0161 928 3848.


Categories: Clinical Negligence

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