Can I sue my dentist for ignoring my periodontal disease?

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Can I sue my dentist for ignoring my periodontal disease?

I have been seeing the same dentist for 10 years, in the past 2 years I began seeing his son and daughter on different visits. After getting a crown I noticed that my teeth weren’t fitting right and my front teeth had actually begun to separate. I was told this was happening because I was getting older, and “It’s not that bad.” Also, I was told I could get it filled no problem. In my recent visit I was told that I actually had gingivitis that has gone into periodontal disease and I need to brush and floss, which I do daily. With I research I realized I have every symptom and I was ignored.

Asked on November 22, 2011 under Malpractice Law, Oklahoma

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you have a factual basis for bringing a lawsuit against you dentist for ignoring your periodontal disease is something you would have to retain a dental malpractice attorney about and then retain another dentist to come up with an opinion as to whether or not your dentist fell below the standard of care over the issue you are writing about.

Assuming you are able to receive an opinion that your dentist fell below the standard of care, you then have to establish next your damages which the dental expert can give an opinion upon as well.


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