When a Routine Teeth Cleaning Turns Traumatic: Understanding Dental Malpractice and Nerve Damage

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When a Routine Teeth Cleaning Turns Traumatic Understanding Dental Malpractice and Nerve Damage

When a Routine Teeth Cleaning Turns Traumatic: Understanding Dental Malpractice and Nerve Damage

A visit to the dentist for a routine teeth cleaning should be a positive experience, promoting oral health and preventing future issues. However, sometimes, things don’t go as planned, and dental errors can occur, leading to severe consequences, including nerve damage. Here at Gruenberg Kelly Della, we understand the life-altering impact of dental malpractice and are committed to helping individuals navigate these complex situations.

Teeth Cleaning and Nerve Damage: How Can It Happen?

While rare, nerve damage after teeth cleaning can occur due to various factors, including:

  • Excessive force: During scaling and root planing, applying excessive pressure with cleaning tools can irritate or sever nerves located near the tooth roots.
  • Accidental nicking: Instruments used during cleaning can accidentally nick or puncture nerves, causing immediate pain and potential long-term damage.
  • Failure to diagnose pre-existing conditions: If a dentist misses underlying issues like periodontal disease or root fractures, aggressive cleaning can exacerbate the problem and damage nerves.
  • Neglecting proper procedures: Failing to follow established protocols, such as using sterilized equipment or not obtaining necessary X-rays, can increase the risk of complications, including nerve damage.

Symptoms of Nerve Damage After Teeth Cleaning

Several signs may indicate nerve damage after a teeth cleaning:

  • Persistent pain: This can range from a dull ache to sharp, shooting pain in the affected tooth or surrounding area.
  • Tingling or numbness: You might experience a numb or tingling sensation in the affected tooth, gums, or even parts of your face.
  • Discoloration: The damaged tooth may turn gray or dark over time.
  • Increased sensitivity: Hot and cold stimuli might cause intense pain in the affected tooth.

What to Do if You Suspect Nerve Damage

If you experience any of these symptoms after a teeth cleaning, seek immediate medical attention from a qualified dental professional. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve the chances of nerve recovery. Additionally, documenting all communication with your dentist and keeping detailed records of your symptoms is crucial.

Seeking Help with Dental Malpractice

If you believe your nerve damage resulted from dental malpractice, consulting with an experienced legal professional like Gruenberg Kelly Della can be invaluable. We can help you understand your rights, gather evidence, and explore your legal options, including pursuing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call our office today at 631-737-4110 or fill out the form below.

You have the right to safe and competent dental care. If you experience nerve damage after a teeth cleaning, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention and legal guidance. At Gruenberg Kelly Della, we are here to advocate for your rights and help you achieve justice.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for personalized guidance regarding your specific situation.